If your home decor is due for a glow-up, don’t just add the most popular items from 2022 into your online shopping cart. Before you buy, consider sifting through your space and leaving tired trends behind. These seven standbys are on their way out.
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Hang on to your macramé wall art: The seventies are swinging out of style and making way for two new decades. From pastels to fruit patterns, the 1950s are on the rise for home chic with fun prints like these tropical round outdoor seat cushions by @MyBeachsideStyle at Etsy. Styles of the fifties aren’t the only ones making a comeback. Designers also are loving the 1980s looks that come with geometric patterns and mirrors galore, so frame those Cyndi Lauper posters and have fun.
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Put down the Stilren vase at IKEA and go find the nearest artisan’s workshop for this year’s trend of handmade home decor. Gone are the days when you have the same stone coasters as your neighbor. Instead, opt for a handcrafted item that speaks to your style and stands out, like the Anemone contemporary wood vase by Seth Rolland at Etsy. Dried flowers look way better in a work of art.
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We know this is a tough one for some people, and we’re not saying you have to ditch every plaid item in your cute country space. But please for the love of all things black and white, let’s move on to another pattern. For 2023, try chunky woven fabrics, an embroidered appliqué that reminds you of grandma’s needlepoint, or earth tones used in new ways, like this black poplin deer head throw pillow at Wayfair that gives you that country look with a modern feel.
Before you point to the Pantone color of the year (Viva Magenta) and tell us that warm shades of red and pink are on trend, we admit that’s true. But the bubblegum pink that became a popular pick-me-up color during the pandemic has given way to cooler, calmer hues. This is good news for us because we still have a cobalt blue club chair from 2014 we refuse to part with, and it seems we’re not alone. Sage green, emerald, lavender, and good old cobalt blue are back to help us create a lush, peaceful space this year. Don’t want a cobalt blue club chair? Try this set of 12 goblets by Libby at Target for a water glass upgrade.
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Yep, you read that right. Say goodbye to plates and hello to plate bowls. Long the favorite of messy eaters everywhere for their raised edges and easy-to-hold shape, shallow dinner bowls are becoming a staple on tables. Coastal grandmother fans may still have formal dining sets with gold-rimmed dinner plates, but most people are ditching formal dining traditions in favor of an eclectic experience based on form and function. Look for “plowls” that fit your style and dinner choices, like these Prep & Savour dining bowls in six color options at Wayfair, just the right size for a one-pot meal serving.
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Didn’t we just replace all those brass faucets with matte black styles? Maybe, but this year’s metal trends include a bevy of shiny brass, silver, and copper hardware choices, so it’s time to step it up. Not only are the old metals back, but it’s en vogue to mix and match them. If you still like matching the metal of your necklace and earrings, this will be a stretch. For a budget option in the kitchen, use a little Rub n Buff wax finish, available at Amazon, on those black cabinet pulls to give them a golden glow.
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Caged Light Fixtures
If you still have an Edison light bulb in a cage somewhere in your house, it’s time to set the light free and explore other options. This industrial lighting look grew more popular when it joined the modern farmhouse vibe, but it’s had its day. Instead, try replacing multiple pendants over the kitchen island with a wood or metal fixture that has curved lines and an LED light source, like this Emonte elongated kitchen island pendant at Wayfair. For vanities, we like the Kneeland 2-light dimmable bath bar at Wayfair, which can hang horizontally over the mirror or perch in a pair like sconces on both sides to give you the spotlight you deserve.