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Trends We’re Ditching in 2017

Interior Design Guide

There are a lot of things that we’re ready to leave behind in 2016, including quite a few design trends. Although bleached-out, all-white spaces accented with shiny, faux-antique pieces have dominated design for the past couple of years, we’re ready for some change. In particular, we’re hoping to see brighter bursts of color accenting high-contrast neutral palettes, as opposed to all-white schemes. Here’s a list of the design trends that we’re hoping to see fall by the wayside in the coming year, along with a few suggested replacements.

Brass

brass objects design faux pas

One trend we’re moving away from is the bright and shiny metals—like this brass lamp—that have dominated design for the past few years. Materials that have a more subdued tone and develop a natural patina over time are going to be quickly replacing bright, shiny, and metallic pieces. Check out how we incorporated brushed metal fixtures in the bathroom of this rustic, modern Hoboken apartment.

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Wall Art with Quotes and Cute Sayings

wall art quotes design faux pas

“Keep calm and carry on?” I’d rather not. Instead of cutesy quotes and sayings, go for something bolder when selecting wall art. Colorful abstract pieces are great for adding a burst of color, while striking, black-and-white photographs are great for a monochromatic look. Check out the abstract wall art that we incorporated into this Market Street San Francisco Luxury Condo.

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All-White Everything

all white design faux pas

The all-white aesthetic has dominated look books for the past few years. But in reality, it’s a design scheme that’s incredibly hard to pull off. White furniture gets dirty quickly, and the whole vibe is starting to feel boring anyways. What we’re looking forward to in 2017 is high-contrast neutral color schemes that incorporate pops of color. For this South Orange, New Jersey home, we used black cabinets to create a strong contrast against the white tile backsplash, and then topped it off with triplets of primary colors.

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Edison Bulbs

edison bulbs design faux pas

Just because something is old or vintage doesn’t mean that it’s going to look good in your home. It seems as if every bar and restaurant going for a retro-chic vibe has installed a fleet of Edison bulbs over the past few years, and it’s a trend that we’re hoping to see fall by the wayside. Instead of going for an antique-inspired look, we’re excited to see people incorporate actual antiques into their homes, like the vintage chairs we reupholstered for this Upper East Side luxury condo.

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Mason Jars

mason jars design faux pas

Maybe we’re just tired of the whole DIY trend, but the use of mason jars for everything from sangria to storage is starting to feel a bit passé. Drinking out of mason jars is cumbersome, and frankly, there are better storage options. For storage solutions, we’re hoping to see clear jars with cork lids and other alternatives that are a bit more chic. For alternative glassware, we’re digging mid-century and art-deco inspired barware. Take a cue from the glassware featured in the bar that we installed in this Mid-Century Palace on the Upper East Side.

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