6 Trends Home Editors Are Tired of Seeing (& What They’d Replace Them With)
Home editors basically get paid to look at photos of dreamy interiors and scout cool new products all day long. Not a bad gig, right? Okay … there’s definitely more to it than that, but there’s no arguing that working at a shelter magazine and styling photo shoots trains your eye to spot trends—and to know when they’re starting to get played out. So let’s go straight to the source to find out which design ideas editors would like to see take a back seat and which they’d want to fill the void. (But if you still love something that makes their hit list, just go for it. There are always two sides to every trend.)
Tired trend: Open kitchens
“Everybody thinks they want an open kitchen these days—you can talk to company while cooking and have them help out,” says Deborah Baldwin, articles editor at This Old House. “But what people don’t realize is that it’s like cooking on stage. Guests see and smell everything—the icky plates you’re scraping, smoke coming from the oven and more.”
Try this instead: Closed kitchens
“When my husband and I ended up with a closed kitchen in our Manhattan apartment, and a dining area in the living room, I was crushed,” says Baldwin. “But guess what: it’s great. If your kitchen is total chaos, you can shut the door. And the plating and serving portion of a meal is much more dramatic in a good way.”
Tired trend: Animal hides and rugs
“I’m really tired of seeing cowhide and sheepskin rugs!” says Kelley Carter, creative consultant and freelance editor. Point taken: Scandinavian design has been having an undeniable moment—maybe a decade even. So, we’ve all seen our fair share of sheepskins, real and faux, artfully draped over arm chairs or on the floor beside a bed. Cowhides, too. People love to layer them over sisals, which isn’t a bad thing, but it’s definitely been done.
Try this instead: Graphic “raised” rugs
Carter would love to see the statement rug make a comeback. Not just your basic flatweave though—she means something with texture. “Cold Picnic is doing really interesting work with abstract patterns and varying pile heights,” she says.
Tired trend: Omitting dining rooms
If you’re living in a tiny apartment or you work from home and need an office, then you may be forced to go dining room-less out of necessity. But when you’ve got the space and you’re all “eh” about a dining room, that’s a bit of a bummer for Clara Haneberg, associate style editor at Traditional Home. “I get so sad when I hear a homeowner is opting out of having a formal eating area,” says Haneberg. “Some of my favorite childhood memories are from family meals at the nice table.”
Try this instead: Fancypants dining rooms
Haneberg wants to bring the dining room back, in all its decor glory, just like what you see in this Tobi Fairley room above: sparkly chandelier, upholstered chairs plus placemats, linens, special plates and even name cards for big meals. There is something great about having a dedicated area for dinner parties if you can swing it. And who says it has to only be used for company? Use it most nights and make a point to unplug and actually converse during dinner—good china optional.
Tired trend: Mason jars as vases
Yes, they’re cute and inexpensive, but mason jars aren’t exactly a quirky solution for fresh flowers anymore. Sometimes jars make sense if you need large quantities for a party, but stylist Catherine Dash, contributing editor at Sunset and owner of Shallowford Flower Co. recommends something a little more original, especially if you’re gifting a bouquet or making one big centerpiece.
Try this instead: Artisanal ceramic vases
“I love a piece with character that’s just as special as the flowers you’re putting inside,” says Dash. “There are so many super-talented ceramicists making one-of-a-kind vases that are truly works of art like Helen Levi, The Object Enthusiast and Frances Palmer.” And you don’t always have to spend a fortune for ceramics. Jayson Home (which made the vase used for this mantel arrangement by Dash) also has a well-edited selection of vessels that start at just $8.
Tired trend: Traditional metal hardware
“I don’t necessarily want brass hardware to go away, but I’m excited that people are getting even more adventurous with their choices rather than reverting back to stainless steel,” says Alyssa Clough, social media editor at Domino.
Try this instead: Colored hardware and fixtures
“Going for bold primary color hardware or even a matte black is definitely something I want to see more of,” says Clough. “It’s risky and totally fun.” Shown above is Jessica Walsh’s bathroom. Her home was featured on the recent spring Domino cover, but the bathroom is the perfect example of how color (black pulls plus a yellow faucet) can turn up traditional items like subway tiled walls.
Tired Trend: All gallery walls, all the time
We couldn’t go without asking our own team what they thought on the matter. “I love a good gallery wall; in fact, I think a well-thought out gallery wall can totally make a room, I just think they’re hard to get right,” says Apartment Therapy’s Design Editor Arlyn Hernandez. “It takes time to build a solid art collection, so they can tend to look a little awkward as you’re filling in holes.”
Try this instead: Huge art
“I’m really loving the look of super large-scale art,” says Hernandez. “I’m talking nearly ceiling to floor or wall to wall. It’s by no means cheap (to buy or to frame), but if you could manage it, it’ll be a surefire wow moment in your home.”