4 Dated Interior Design Trends to Ditch in 2020
Are you stuck in a bad relationship with trends that aren’t helping you live your best life? Break up with them. We just entered a new decade, after all, and it’s time to throw open the doors, air everything out, and make some serious changes.
Interior design experts are all over the internet telling us which items, colors, and styles are soon going to feel like the modern equivalent of shag carpeting and harvest gold appliances (which have possibly out so long that they’re almost cool again). Here are four of the biggest offenders:
Midcentury Modern Everything
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Midcentury modern is an enduring style for a reason, and many people consider it a classic that can never be “out.” That’s still true when it comes to individual pieces or small collections, but there’s no denying that we’ve had a solid 15 to 20 years of midcentury modern mania that’s led some people to completely overdo it in a way that ultimately feels cookie cutter. Does your house look like a midcentury modern showroom? Mix it up a little. Bring in some color and texture, items from different eras, and objects that represent a little more of your own personality.
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Is this a beautiful shade of pink? Yes. At least, it is if you like pink at all. It’s soft, it’s warm, and it’s got a sort of hazy Wes Anderson feel to it that’s easy to love. But now that it’s 2020, it feels very last decade. In fact, it’s probably safe to say millennial pink will be one of the defining trends of the 2010s, once we have a little more distance and perspective from them. In the mean time, let’s put it away for a while and experiment with some new colors.
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Sharp, graphic lines make a big impact and add visual interest. But we’ve seen a lot of geometry in interior design over recent years, both in the form of larger architectural details and prints and patterns found on decor. Chevrons, crosses, and triangles feel painfully 2010s at this point, but even geometric shapes that are a little less ubiquitous could use some freshening up. If you want to move forward but keep visually interesting accents, try replacing these items with softer, rounder curving shapes.
All White Everything
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It’s not hard to see the visual appeal of all white interiors. They’re common in art galleries for a few reasons: they amplify daylight, give the eye an easy place to rest, and make focal points pop. Plus, we’re so bombarded by visual input and clutter nowadays that being in a pure white space feels like a mental vacation. The problem is that not only are they incredibly impractical (ever try to cook a full Italian dinner including marinara sauce in a white kitchen?), but they can also feel sterile and cold. If you want to feel like you live in a vaguely extraterrestrial mausoleum a la Kim and Kanye, go for it. But this kind of minimalism is more for show than for actual living.
Obviously, as with all trend-related advice, take this with a grain of salt. Don’t get rid of stuff you still love. Donate the items you don’t feel connected to anymore instead of throwing them out. Check resale shops and thrift stores before you buy something new. And if you really want to avoid all the waste that comes with trend-chasing, always ask yourself whether you’re replacing something because you truly want or need to, or because you’re blindly following trends that will soon fall over the same cliff as all those before them.
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