In interior design, it’s often easy to get caught up with trends and what’s ‘in’ and what’s not. However, just like with fashion, some things go out of style, whilst other things are timeless. That’s why our Gurus suggest avoiding anything too trendy, unless you absolutely love it. Interior choices usually need to last at least several years, if not more, so it’s important that you make decisions that you won’t regret later down the line.
That being said, sometimes it’s hard to distinguish between something you truly like, or something that’s just a trend. Here, we outline the top 7 trends that we believe will disappear this year. Something to keep in mind when you’re planning your next interior renovation!
Trend #1: Fast Furniture
Fast furniture is convenient and easy to break down, but inexpensive furniture is gradually losing its appeal. This is because these pieces aren’t suitable for long-term use, therefore reducing the value of the investment. An example of fast furniture is pieces made with particle wood (or compressed wood chips) — such as the wardrobe pictured above.
People have been realising the connections they form with the items they have in their room — especially as they've been spending more time at home ever since the pandemic hit. This has encouraged them to make more thoughtful choices, picking out furniture pieces they won't have to replace every now and then. And just like that, fast furniture is making its way out the door.
Trend #2: Neutral-Only & Super Minimalist Designs
Neutral colours and minimalist ambiences have been all the rage for quite some time. Now, we see this trend toning down to let bold colours and maximalist designs get their chance in the limelight. Because guess what — less is finally less.
People have been loving neutral interiors, but we now observe folks creating visual interest by opting for bolder hues. Muted greens and dull blues are gaining popularity amongst indoor spaces, though you can opt for any colour you like.
Good news is, if you do have a minimalist aesthetic but are interested in dressing things up, you can start introducing pops of colour. And if you’re unsure of a sudden drastic change, you can play around with patterns in different light-coloured shades.
Trend #3: Grey In The Kitchen
Whether it’s the kitchen hood or the entire palette of your kitchen, grey is one colour that is falling out of favour. People are gravitating towards bold kitchen colours, using them for accent walls, statement dinnerware, and even complete cabinetries.
As warmer styles pave their way, the cold look of stainless steel hoods is also stepping out. These are being replaced with plaster hoods, which will serve the purpose without breaking the beauty of kitchen cabinets by, quite frankly, a huge piece of steel.
Trend #4: Open Shelves
Those open-shelving pictures you saw on Pinterest were Pin-worthy because it was a single moment in time, captured simply for its aesthetics. Had you seen it an hour later, the space would be cluttered, because let’s face it — that’s real life.
With people realising the mess that accompanies open shelving, this trend is no longer practical. So, you’d be better off with cabinetry that hides all the clutter. That being said, exposed appliances are also losing popularity (and your cabinetry is just what you need to keep them out of sight).
Trend #5: Perfectly Matching Furniture
Matching furniture sets instil a sense of monotony in your decor — and that’s something that’s losing steam this year. Identical furniture pieces don’t give the opportunity to showcase your personal style, so they’re making their way out of the top trends. In fact, they can potentially be considered a flaw in design, since the best interior tells the story of who you are.
So, the next time you go furniture shopping, be sure to give each piece individual attention. Pick out different furniture items, with each reflecting your personality. Purchasing an entire set from one store is easy, but so not rewarding! (Yes, this applies to matching beds and bedside tables, too.)
Trend #6: Bohemian Style
Bohemian style is known for its lack of structure and carefree layering. And after going through a full-fledged pandemic, structure is one thing everyone NEEDS in their homes (and lives). So, you can expect to see less of Boho style this year.
The relaxed and casual ambience created by this style also does not pair well with functional spaces. If you’re taking a video meeting from your room, an overly-relaxed environment will have you snoozing!
Trend #7: Modern Farmhouse
Source: Decor Aid
Trends begin to fade away when they become a little too famous in the design industry, and that’s exactly the case with modern farmhouse. People have been obsessed with this vintage decorative style, so it’s about time it takes a break.
Plus, the monotony of the modern farmhouse style can make the space look slightly bland. If you’re not willing to give up the style entirely, you can spice things up by injecting a dose of your personality (by, for example, incorporating pops of colour).
Ready To Bid Adieu To These Design Trends?
The 7 interior design trends, as outlined above, are stepping out for good. So, give them a warm hug and bid them farewell, until next time. But in the end, interior design is so personal, so if you still love them anyway, who are we to judge?! To each their own.
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