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[Home Design] What’s HOT & What’s NOT

[Home Design] What’s HOT & What’s NOT
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Sometimes, trends move so quickly that it can be tough to know what’s about to become the next big thing – and what’s already on its way out. Meanwhile, some trends have such staying power that they can remain in vogue for a decade or longer.

If you’re not sure which direction to go with your home design refresh, here are four hot trends that are just taking off and two that are ready to be put to rest. Make sure to read all the way to the end for a bonus, top 10 list of what’s hot and what’s not.

HOT: White Walls

After a decade or so of gray dominating interiors, everyone is looking for brighter and lighter. Off-whites, creams and pale “greiges” are taking over and will instantly brighten up your home. If you’re not ready for true white, freshen up your walls with a very pale neutral that looks white – until you create contrast against white trim.

If you’re thinking about taking the plunge and going for pure white walls, know that white works best if you have a LOT of natural light in the room. You’ll also need to repeat the white in your furnishings and decor. Aim for a mixture of about 90% white with 10% color to balance out the room.

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HOT: Warm Wood Tones

All those white walls can sometimes result in spaces that feel a bit stark, which is why we’re seeing a revival of warm wood tones. Caramel and honey hues are the perfect complement to a bright, white background.

If you’re lucky enough to already have the coveted warm wood floors, you’re all set. Otherwise, incorporate plenty of natural and wood touches to warm up your white rooms. Wood accent tables; buttery, leather ottomans; jute carpets; and wicker furniture are just some of the ways you can warm up a pale space.

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NOT: Gray Everything

The cool, smooth neutral that goes with everything has finally worn out its welcome.  After years of gray-on-gray interiors, people are craving cozy, light-filled homes. Gray has not disappeared completely, but it is shifting to warmer shades of taupe and pale almost-whites.

This doesn’t mean you have to get rid of all the gray in your home. But, with a bit of paint and swapping out of some easy-to-replace textiles, you can turn gray into an accent color – instead of the dominating tone in your home.

HOT: Fabulous Laundry Rooms

If last year was all about the perfect pantry, this year is about laundry rooms you never want to leave. Because if you’re going to have to do a mundane task like laundry, why not do it somewhere fabulous?

Some of the top updates to help transform your laundry room into your own secret escape include pretty paint colors, beautiful wallpaper, graphic tile, a stylish rug, and coordinated storage containers.

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NOT: Word Art

While this trend has been winding down for a while now, we’re here to tell you that it’s officially over. Whether it’s large word art on the wall, pillows with heartfelt slogans or inspirational posters, home decor with a message has said its piece.

Replace those outdated slogans with textured art instead. Look for three-dimensional pieces made from natural fibers like jute, rattan or willow. They’ll add warm, earthy tones, as well as texture and depth to any space.

HOT: Blue in the Kitchen

From the palest of baby blues to deep navy and everything in between, we’re seeing blue pop up all over the kitchen. It’s such a versatile color that it can work with almost every decor style. Whether it’s a bold blue backsplash, rich blue cabinets or a midnight blue island, there are endless ways to give your kitchen the blues.

If you want to start small, introduce some blue stools or a blue runner. For a bolder look, test out a blue patterned backsplash or beautiful blue appliances. If you’re ready to embrace the trend, blue kitchen islands are both pretty and popular.

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Trends are always in flux. To keep you in the know, here are 10 more hot trends you can embrace and 10 others you can put to rest:


  • Mixed metals
  • Natural textiles
  • Sustainability
  • Graphic tile
  • Curved sofas
  • Four-poster/canopy beds
  • Art deco lighting
  • Coastal colors
  • Herringbone
  • Black hardware


  • Gallery walls
  • Accent walls
  • Ikat and trellis patterns
  • Terrazzo
  • Macramé
  • Rose gold
  • Edison bulbs
  • Minimalist interiors
  • Cherry wood
  • Granite

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