5 Trends We Can't Wait to Say Goodbye to In 2017

See which design trends our editors are ready to see phased out in the new year.

By: Ryan Reed

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The past year brought us new home design trends that we absolutely love (bold wallpaper and colorful kitchens, for example), but some are in need of a refresh. Check out which trends our editors feel have had their time in the spotlight and need to evolve in 2017.

Shiplap / Farmhouse-Chic

Gray Kitchen with Wooden Range Hood and Shiplap Accent Wall

A Ship-Shape Farmhouse Kitchen With Wood Paneling

Fixer Upper hosts Chip and Joanna Gaines painted one wall a neutral gray and brought in shiplap for a feature paneled wall, matching detail in other parts of the home. A white subway tile backsplash and quartzite countertops add a modern element to the rustic space. Industrial-style shelving made from plumbing pipes and wood planks offer open storage, and a custom kitchen island made from vintage wood contributes style and utility in the kitchen.

From: Fixer Upper

I’m tired of shiplap and the whole cottage-inspired, farmhouse-chic look. There. I said it. I like when Joanna Gaines does it because that’s her signature look. But if you have a 'Fresh-Baked Pies Here' faux vintage sign, then I expect there to be real pies in your kitchen. — Kayla, Managing Editor

Decorating With Shiplap

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Acrylic Furniture

White Home Office With Pink Acrylic Chairs and Pink Tulips

Light and Bright Home Office With Pink Acrylic Chairs

Natural light illuminates this modern home office which includes two pink acrylic chairs positioned behind a wood desk with white metal legs. Pink tulips fill a light green garden pot and sit atop the desk, while a bright blue lamp on a nearby metallic end table provides a pop of color.

Photo by: Lindsay Pennington

Lindsay Pennington

I personally don’t think it does anything for a room’s design aesthetic. And let’s be real here—it’s just glorified plastic. — Farima, Assistant Editor

Open Floor Plans

White Modern Great Room Overview

White Modern Great Room With Gray Fireplace

Pops of gold and accents with unusual shapes and textures give dimension and visual interest to this vast great room. The light-colored hardwood floor maintains the airy feeling throughout the space.

Photo by: Jim Tschetter

Jim Tschetter

I’m all for optimizing the home for entertaining and functionality, but when there’s an echo in the living room, that’s not 'open' — that’s cavernous. It seems like opening up the kitchen, dining and living spaces just creates more room for clutter (and noise) to spread. I’d like to see more creativity in home flipping, making outdated floor plans work for modern life. Let’s embrace the quirkiness of old homes and be more judicious about knocking down walls in 2017. — Molly, Apple News Editor

Open-Concept Kitchens and Living Spaces

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Wood and Metal Panel

Wood and Metal Panel

HGTV Magazine is sharing the secrets to bringing Fixer Upper style into your own home. architectural salvage “I like to leave a piece of history in homes I design,” says Joanna. A super-easy way to do that: Decorate with windows, shutters, and gates scooped up at architectural salvage shops and flea markets. Or buy new pieces made to look old. Woodland Imports Simple and Minimalist 20" x 10" wood and metal panel, $68.50, wayfair.com

Photo by: Courtesy of the manufacturer

Courtesy of the manufacturer

These faux gate-in-a-frame things need to go away — quickly. Hang pretty pictures on your wall instead. — Jackie, Editor

Industrial Decor

Loft Designed Kitchen Area

Modern Industrial Kitchen

This modern, loft-styled kitchen features sleek wood cabinetry and simple decor on the concrete floor.

The warehouse aesthetic is one I’m definitely hoping to leave behind in 2016. I’m all for modern decor, but I draw the line when it comes to exposed duct work, concrete countertops, Edison light bulbs and floating staircases. Millennials may love it, but I’m hoping to see these design elements used in a more practical way. — Ryan, Editor

New York's Best Spaces for Modern Industrial Design

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