10 Trends Our Editors Can't Wait to Say Goodbye to in 2018

A handful of HGTV editors get all "IMHO" to share their deepest, darkest design dislikes — and hopes for the new year.

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December 05, 2017
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Open Shelves

Open shelves are perhaps one of the most impractical trends yet. Who has that many beautiful, color-coordinated dishes to display? Who is dusting around all those jars, tumblers and artfully stacked bowls? What about sticky kitchen grease that accumulates on everything? Who cleans that? Look, I understand the open, airy feel open shelves give a kitchen. It looks beautiful! But, glass cabinet doors are better alternatives for displaying lovely kitchen items. Same idea, more practical. — Molly Miller, Apple News Editor

Sliding Barn Doors

Sliding barn doors need to stay in barns. Period. A clunky, faux barn wood door with exposed hardware looks misplaced and forced next to white subway tile and crown molding. I'm totally over the rustic/farmhouse/upcycled look all together. — Molly Miller, Apple News Editor

Fire Pits

As your friendly neighborhood newsletter editor I've done the research, crunched the numbers and I can tell you — fire pits are officially extinguished. What was once a fun backyard activity for the whole family is now begrudgingly standing around a constantly-dying fire until everyone gets too cold and goes back inside (the host will always be the last to go back inside). — Jessica Yonker, Online Editor


Enough already! It's low-quality wood that is meant to hold your washing machine off the basement floor. Using pallets for indoor furniture is like putting kudzu in your floral arrangement. Maybe, just maybe, it's suitable for outdoor furniture, but please stop putting pallets in your house. You may wind up with splinters. — Jackie McGilvray, Editor

Chalk Paint

I'm super over chalk-painted everything. If I see one more gorgeous, antique table, mantel or beautiful wood-grain kitchen redone with chalk paint to look "old," I'm going to be sick. In a few more years, I'm guessing all of our tutorials are going to be "how to strip chalk paint off of gorgeous wood." — Jennie Andrews, Producer

White Walls

White walls are super versatile so I understand the appeal, but they just look too stark to me. I'm hoping to see more color on walls in 2018; I'm especially partial to deep, almost-black colors. I think they make spaces look so inviting and cozy. — Shannon Petrie, Managing Editor

House Plants Galore

I'm done with the jungalow look. There's no need to fill your entire house with plants. THINK ABOUT THE BUGS. Unless you're a super plant parent, ain't nobody got time for that. — Chelsea Faulkner, Assistant Editor


I’m feeling boho-overload. Just because you like houseplants and textural fabrics does not mean you have to go completely boho in your home. I’d like to see more people blending aesthetics in a way that feels personal and timeless and fewer people spending all their time and money making their space "boho-chic." This is one of those trends where a little goes a long way, and I think a lot of people will regret spending all of their hard-earned money on yet another tapestry. — Keri Sanders, Assistant Editor

Craft Pom-Poms

I'm all for colorful tassels, but craft pom-poms take me back to my elementary school days of gluing them to everything. They don't belong on pillows, wall hangings, rugs or blankets, in my opinion. — Farima Alavi, Assistant Editor


I apologize to any farmhouse fans this may offend, but I'm tired of all things burlap. I particularly detest expensive products and decor made with burlap that are meant to look "rustic" but are not old or upcycled at all. So, unless I have a sudden need to transport large amounts of coffee beans or participate in a potato sack relay race, you won't find me near burlap. — Laura James, Assistant Editor

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