9 Design Trends We're Tired Of + What's Next

These design trends are so 2015. See which fads our editors are ready to see mature in 2016. Do you agree?

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It's a new year, and we're ready for some new design trends to come our way. I asked some of our editors to list a trend they'd like to see evolve in the coming months, and their answers did not disappoint. Check out what they had to say, plus some fresh alternatives they'd love to see this year.

David: Cutesy Wall Sayings

Dali Wall Decals, Life Saying, Featured on HGTV

Dali Wall Decals, Life Saying, Featured on HGTV

"This was fine when you just saw it occasionally, especially if the saying was particularly clever, but as a motif, it’s gotten a bit out of control."

Our Alternative: Photo Murals

HGTV Dream Home 2016 Living Room Mural

HGTV Dream Home 2016 Living Room Mural

HGTV Magazine offers an inside look at HGTV Dream Home 2016's beachy-beautiful living room. This splashy wall-spanning photo, taken in the 1970s, shows surfers hanging ten at a nearby beach. The image was blown up by a vinyl company, then applied like a giant decal. The paint color throughout the rest of the room is Quiet Rain by Glidden.

Photo by: Lisa Romerein (styled by Elizabeth Demos)

Lisa Romerein (styled by Elizabeth Demos)

Wall sayings aren't all bad, but they can easily go from inspirational to juvenile. The living room in Dream Home 2016 features a huge black-and-white photo from the 1970s that definitely makes an impact without looking like it belongs in a college dorm room.

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Deanne: Books Displayed Backwards

Rustic Desk With Bookshelf

Yellow Home Office With Rustic Desk

A mixed wood and metal desk and bookshelf add rustic industrial style to this sunny yellow home office. By turning books around so that the spine is facing backwards, the books become a part of the neutral, simple look of the shelf.

Photo by: Dovetail Furniture

Dovetail Furniture

"I miss seeing titles and authors and jacket designs."

Our Alternative: Hanging Art Directly to Bookshelves



With the clever use of pre-fab bookshelves and kitchen base cabinets, add the look of a custom built-in at a fraction of the cost.

Photo by: Brian Patrick Flynn

Brian Patrick Flynn

We’re all about adding interest to the bookshelves, but flipping the books around seems a little counterproductive. How about hanging a favorite picture or object directly to the shelf instead? 

Liz: Granite Countertops

White and Gray Kitchen

White and Gray Kitchen With Quartz and Granite Countertops

Two countertops? Twice as nice! A center island topped with quartz by Cambria is a functional focal point in this kitchen by Denise Wenacur of DW Design & Decor, and the countertops around the room’s perimeter are solid black granite. “That mix – and those materials – represent the most current countertop trends,” Wenacur says.

Photo by: Nick Daunys; Design By: DW Design & Decor

Nick Daunys; Design By: DW Design & Decor

“I know, every person on House Hunters wants them, and sure, it’s a quality material. But variety is the spice of life, guys!”

Our Alternative: Concrete Countertops

Eclectic Neutral Kitchen With Subway Tile Backsplash

Concrete Countertops in Eclectic Neutral Kitchen

"Cast concrete is a truly handmade product that can be customized in a variety of ways and represents a design collaboration between the builder and the client," says designer Jayme Guokas.

Photo by: Isaac Turner

Isaac Turner

“I’d love for equally-useful and durable materials like quartz and concrete to get their moment in the sun.”

Liz (Take Two): Color-Coded Wedding Candy

Glass Cake Stands Create Pink Candy Buffet

Pink Candy Buffet With Cake Stands & Apothecary Jars

Dessert buffets are a popular trend at weddings, and creating your own sweets setup is more manageable than you might think. The key is to stick to the same color palette as your reception, but play with different heights and textures. A mixture of store-bought confections can sit happily beside your homemade delights in clear glass domes and display pedestals. Here, desserts and candies in varying hues of pink are featured throughout the table for a unified look.

Photo by: Cristina Riches, Bird's Party

Cristina Riches, Bird's Party

“Another trend I’m hoping will evolve this year? Color-coded candy and dessert buffets for weddings and parties.”

Our Alternative: DIY Crafty Favors



Photo by: Something Turquoise

Something Turquoise

“This year, try swapping it in for a more unique or more delicious DIY favor, like a personalize-your-own craft station or a trail mix bar.” Learn to make these glitzy spoons at Something Turquoise

Kelly: Chalkboard-Painted Walls

Chalkboard Wall with Monthly Calendar

Home Office With Chalkboard Wall Paint

Dedicate a spot in your home office for a chalkboard calendar. Use chalk to draw the calendar shell, then add key dates and appointments each month to keep things organized.

Photo by: Benjamin Moore

Benjamin Moore

“I’m really tired of chalkboard-painted walls." 

Our Alternative: Cork Walls

Office Space with a Floating Desk.

Small Workspace

Get creative with your space. Designer Brian Patrick Flynn finds space under the stairs to house a multipurpose workstation in this 700-square-foot Brooklyn loft.

"I’m intrigued by the alternative of covering a wall with cork and painting it so it’s seamless with the rest of the space, but I also like leaving them plain.”

Chelsea: Mason Jar Decor

DIY Mason Jar Soap Dispenser

DIY Mason Jar Soap Dispenser

The overall style of Sarah and John’s great room and kitchen is contemporary, organic and rustic. To add a touch of farmhouse charm, a simple Mason jar was repurposed as a soap dispenser by drilling a hole into the lid, then inserting a pump from a discarded plastic soap container.

“As summer drinkware, they're great. For storing homemade jams, even better! But as a soap dispenser? Nah.”

Our Alternative: Milk Glass

White Country Kitchen Corner With Purple Flowers

Corner Milk Glass Display in White Country Kitchen

Corner shelves maximize space by storing and displaying a milk glass collection in this small kitchen. Fresh flowers, fruit and eggs bring bright, natural color that pops against the stark white background. A tarnished watering can used as a vase and a natural wood cutting board are beautiful country touches.

Photo by: codyulrich.com


“Let me propose a swap. Milk glass is equally as rustic and charming (and inexpensive!) but with a timeless, vintage look that Mason jars just can't achieve.”

Farima: Fake Moustaches 

WallCandy Arts Removable Mustache Wallpaper

WallCandy Arts Removable Mustache Wallpaper

“I will not be sad if I never see a mug with this print on it again. It was cute for maybe two months, but here’s hoping we only see them on men in 2016!"

Our Alternative: Memphis Design

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See what Meg and Lili have to say about this bold, retro print.

We get it. An over-the-top fake moustache print can add a fun, quirky vibe to just about anything. But maybe it's time to move onto something new. We think Memphis design is going to be huge for 2016. Think of it like fake moustache's older, cooler brother. Pair this retro print with modern accents for a look that screams 2016. 

Camille: Neon Kitchens

Eclectic Neon Colored Kitchen with Diner Style Stools

Eclectic Neon Pink and Green Kitchen with Diner-Style Stools

Neon green, orange, and pink combine to create a stunning palette in this eclectic kitchen featuring midcentury, diner style stools.

Photo by: Photography by Suki Medencevic

Photography by Suki Medencevic

“As a lover of color, it pains me to say this but (I'm over) neon anything in an interior. Thankfully it was a short-lived trend that never caught on with the majority of Americans.”

Our Alternative: Bold Pops of Color

A yellow stove range with a white storage cabinet.

Bold Yellow Stove

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Photo by: Jean Allsopp

Jean Allsopp

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“Instead of overloading a space with over-the-top colors, take a more measured approach and pop in a few high-energy hues balanced by neutrals and softer shades.”

Kayla: Matchy-Matchy Elaborate Parties

Yellow and Gray Dessert Table

Yellow and Gray Dessert Table

This wedding party is completed with a beautiful gray and yellow dessert table featuring an array of goodies.

“I’m ready to see elaborate party themes for both kids and adults with matchy-matchy decor and printables galore go back to basics.”

Our Alternative: High/Low Mix and Match

Table Setting With Striped Tablecloth, Pink Napkin, Pink Roses

Cheerful Table Setting With Striped Tablecloth

"We're seeing more prints in wedding decor, from sweet florals to graphic prints like stripes and chevron, or even plaids. Go bold in color or use metallic and shades of white for a more subtle palette. Prints are absolutely stunning and add an unexpected element to your wedding decor," says Sara Murray, BHLDN Stylist.

“Pull a party together using repurposed items combined with store-bought pieces, dressed-up everyday foods and signature cocktails.“

Shannon: Stainless Steel Appliances

Kitchen With Dark Cabinetry, Oversized Hardware, White Countertops

After: Stainless Steel Update

HGTV fan young2by2's new-and-improved kitchen includes a five-burner induction cooktop, Caesarstone quartz countertops and a generous sprinkling of stainless steel hardware and appliances.

Photo by: HGTV fan young2by2

HGTV fan young2by2

“I’m over stainless steel appliances for 2016. I used to like them, but after seeing them in every single kitchen for so many years, I’m ready for some new finishes to emerge.”

Our Alternative: Retro-Inspired Designs

Spanish-Style Kitchen With Vibrant Tile and Hood

Yellow Spanish-Style Kitchen With Retro Pink Refrigerator

A vintage pink refrigerator is positioned against a yellow wall on which are several small clay animals. Brightly-colored iron chairs sit around a rustic wood table carved from a tree. A mosaic tile counter and painted hood continue the colorful look.

“I personally love colorful, retro-inspired appliances, but for a more neutral look, I also like darker, brushed-metal appliances that are fingerprint resistant and sleek, white appliances inspired by smartphone design.

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