Our homes are one of the many parts of our lives where we can express our unique tastes. Within the walls where we eat, laugh, cry, work, feed, grow and sleep, there is space for us to create. Move the furniture. Color the walls. Hang wild art and display keepsake keepsakes. In my opinion, the only mandate when decorating our homes is that we adhere to what we truly love, even if that means leaning into Where avoiding any of these outdated home decor trends for 2022.

Yeah, there’s the crutch: There are decorative elements that pass by the wayside. Ask any interior designer “what’s the look you’ve so outdated?” and they’ll probably pause and say something like “I’d love to never see [fill in the blank] in a living room again.

This makes sense, given that we often change and calculate what we wear to match the latest sartorial breeze. Our homes are just as prone to falling into a dated crutch. But what exactly are these snags? I asked three design experts for their views on the top outdated decorating trends to reconsider in 2022. Although some of their answers surprised me, all of them made me want to change, paint and even decorate. donate some items.

But like any “rule,” these are meant to be broken. Take from here what speaks to you and leave the rest. It is your house. Heck, I always pair my skinny jeans with all the “bad” shoes – and I love it.

Image courtesy of Liana Levi.

Outdated Trend #1: Fast Furniture

Here’s a sobering fact: The EPA estimates that Americans generated more than 12 million tons of furniture waste in 2018 (the most recent year reported), of which nearly 10 million tons went to waste. dump. That’s reason enough to live with less. And it’s an inspiration to rethink mass-produced, shoddy furniture, says interior designer Liz Lipkin. We’re likely to phase out fast and fast parts in a few years, “because they don’t hold up or become obsolete,” she says.

Consider swapping for: Vintage

Image courtesy of Hayley Pannekoecke of Kip&Co.

Next time you’re considering that super-cheap coffee table, pick up a pace. Lipkin suggests going vintage and antique shopping. “As well as having more character and being a lot more fun to buy, antique furniture was built to last. Buying vintage saves money in the long run and reduces your environmental impact. is a total win-win.

Outdated Trend #2: All-White Kitchens

There is an undeniable freshness in an all-white space. Clean and neutral, it’s a palette that complements all décor inclusions. Still, washing every wall in this hue is safe play these days, say Lyndsey Scott and Wendy Robinson, co-founders and directors of How We Haven. “All-white kitchens can look very sterile and flat,” Scott believes. “Having little diversity and devoid of personality, they lack the ability to evoke inspiring emotion.”

Consider exchanging for: Mix tones

Photo by Danae Horst.

The fix? Let the rainbow shine in this room. The same goes for different materials and finishes. “Right now we’re seeing a lot of mixed-tone kitchens,” Robinson tells me. “A mix of white and colored cabinets with wooden islands creates more interest with texture and color.”

Outdated Trend #3: Shiplap

There was a time when I would have put boards on all the walls. The look is textured, inviting and warm. Of course, that’s still the case, but more contemporary options are worth a look today. “Shiplap is overkill,” say Scott and Robinson. It’s been too many places and graced too many surfaces.

Consider exchanging for: Vertical lines

Photo by Nicole Ramsay.

For a current, refreshed vibe, Scott and Robinson believe there’s no need to completely part ways with the board. Flip it, literally. Install it vertically. This brings the eye upwards, making the space appear larger. The design duo also recommends trying a slatted wall as another way to add depth.

Outdated Trend #4: Signs

I love a good reminder. Something that marks where I am or makes me feel. (You know the old lipstick-on-the-mirror affirmation? It’s always a winner, in my book.) But hanging some sentences at home needs rethinking, say Scott and Robinson. “You don’t need a sign to tell you you’re in the kitchen or the bathroom,” implores Scott, who believes all farmhouse decor is slowly fading away.

Consider exchanging for: European farmhouse aesthetic

Photo courtesy of Las Perelli.

Now, this shouldn’t be confused with the more overall rustic look. According to Robinson, the European farmhouse style, which includes vintage furniture, weathered tables, utilitarian pieces and lots of books, is “all the rage right now.”

Outdated Trend #5: Accent Walls

Is it non-binding? A partial fix? A quick dose of decorative interest? Whatever the accent wall is for you, Lipkin says it’s time to “put it behind us.” That’s right. Confining beautiful color to one dimension limits its potential and is a thing of the past, the designer believes.

Consider exchanging for: Color each wall

Photo by Molly Winters.

If you tend to wash just one wall in one color, consider all the other walls. “It’s time to take it to the next level and give the whole room the attention it deserves,” Lipkin says. Painting an entire room completely transforms the look, feel, and total vibe of a space. So does wallpaper, Lipkin continues. “If you love him, set him free on all four walls.”

What decorative trends are you ready to leave in the past?

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