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Design Dilemma: 5 Decor Trends On Their Way Out in 2016

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In our last post, we talked about trends that we expect to remain strong through 2016. Now it’s time to turn our attention to looks and ideas that are fading out of favor. Here are five design trends that will be ebbing away in 2016.


1). Rigorously mid-century modern interiors are out. 

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For a time, we became obsessed with the Mid-Century Modern era, to the point that at times it seemed that nothing but Charles Eames and George Nelson furniture was allowed into our homes.Well, we’ve all become a bit bored by that look. True, in the beginning it was a fresh response to overstuffed, over-cluttered decor, but it eventually became so overused as to become clinically predictable.

What’s in: eclectic interiors that mix eras and styles.
There’s no reason to have our creativity limited to one era when there is so much to choose from!

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2. Overstuffed and over-cluttered decor.

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Although we’re loosening up on the Mid-Century look, the truth is that we all have so much access to stuff and distractions that we’re looking to create an island of serenity and tranquility at home. That means we’re letting go of unnecessary baubles and objects and paring down.

What’s in: warm minimalism. We are looking to keep things simple but comforting, with texture, light, wood and special touches.

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3. A Predominance of Solids.

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Of course solid color fabrics will always remain the basis of decor, but more of us are looking to mix up that look by using patterns in places where we may have once hesitated.

What’s in: Animal prints, tropical prints, ethnic patterns and designs on couches, chairs, rugs and curtains. Just stay away from Chevron!

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4. Completely naked windows.

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No one wants yards upon yards of fabric hung around windows, collecting dust and blocking sunlight. And yet, the trend in recent years has taken many people in the opposite direction — no curtains or window treatments at all.

What’s in: Minimal, ethereal and organic shades and simple panels that provide privacy and block sun glare without suffocating a room in fabric.

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5. Mirrored Furnishings.

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For a while, the Hollywood “regency” look took the design world by storm, but we all must have realized that mirrored dressers and bedside tables was not a look that would last.

What’s In: A mix of wooden and metal furniture.

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Other trends on their way out:

  • Desks in kitchens.
  • Over the range microwaves.
  • Whirlpool bathtubs.
  • Tiled countertops.
  • “Faux” anything.

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