When it comes to things like redecorating, people often think about it for months, even years before pulling the plug. And this is smart. It keeps individuals from making rash decisions that can negatively affect their homes as well as their wallets.

But this also means that, by the time you’ve assembled your plan and your budget, your vision can already be hopelessly outdated.

Worried that your next home might end up looking like a Pinterest board from 2015? Here are five outdated trends to avoid, and some options with more staying power.

Nautical everything

It can be especially tempting to go over-the-top with a nautical theme if you didn’t grow up in a state like Florida. After all, why not appreciate what you’ve got? The narrow blue and white stripes, the anchor throw pillows, the seashell frame, they all speak to the beach life dream.

Or it did. Nowadays, it looks more like a parody of itself, one that went out of fashion a while back.

So how can you get that beachy vibe without looking unintentionally retro? Instead of jumping right into a nautical look, take your inspiration from the colors and textures around you. Think about sandy neutrals, sea green, and occasional sunny pops of color. Blown glass in abstract yet organic shapes mimics the tides without being cartoonish.

Let go of that “I’d rather be sailing” stencil in favor of a local view, courtesy of a photographer or artist in your community. Let the beach be the beach and let your home be a relaxing retreat, rather than an homage to something else.

Nautical Theme

Gallery walls

For several years, the trend was to pack as many small photos or framed pieces of art as possible into a single space, meaning everybody had what amounted to a heated game of Tetris on every available wall. These days, though? The busy look isn’t something people want to see on display. So what’s to be done with all that blank wall space?

Large focal pieces are taking the place of the gallery. A large painting or framed print is the obvious choice, but large mirrors or woven hangings can also fill that niche. Wondering what to do with all those family photographs you’d like to show off? Open shelves where you can display your photos along with other art objects and books are much more contemporary and allow you the flexibility to change things up regularly without putting fresh holes in the wall each time.

Gallery Walls

White, white, white, and more white.

It was in every decorating magazine. White kitchens with white countertops, white appliances, white cabinets, and pristine white dishes stacked neatly on open shelves. White living rooms with white sofas, white throw pillows, and maybe a white sheepskin on the back of a white chair.

It makes you wonder: do these people never spill anything? Or do they live elsewhere and visit only to take photos of their cute succulent plants in their (white) ceramic pots on their (white) window sills?

Luckily for anyone whose life involves the occasional marinara sauce, the all white all the time trend has gone out the window. The current look still makes use of white, but in combination with other colors. Two-toned kitchens are especially current. White walls and upper cabinets keep the airy feeling, while a darker or accent color for cabinets below counter level keeps it from feeling like a hospital room. All shades of blue from navy to the lightest periwinkle, desaturated greens, and grays are popular colors, but depending on your style sunny yellow or even black can be stunning.

White Kitchen

Chevron print

Chevron was everywhere a few years ago, from nursery furniture to living room carpets to shower curtains. Usually done in gray and white, the zigzag pattern was most often seen in the company of turquoise or yellow accents.

Instead of chevron, you can go one of two ways. For those inclined toward minimalism, going monochrome instead of patterned can be a gorgeous way of creating a calm environment that doesn’t draw too much attention to itself. And for those who’d rather make a statement, bold florals say so much more than a zig-zag.


In 2013, ombre was enormous. Ombre hair, ombre cakes, ombre rugs and bed linens. That slide from one color to the next (often from a saturated color to white, but sometimes between two different colors too) was breezy and summery. When Pantone came out with not one but two colors of the year in Spring 2016, ombre had a resurgence as folks scrambled to figure out how to integrate both blue and pink in their products.

Today though, ombre just looks contrived. If you’re looking to integrate two colors into your decor, commit your colors in a two-toned look, or go with a geometric pattern that makes good use of both. Luckily, if you’re a DIY type, this is much easier to accomplish than the ombre look, which took a lot of mixing and remixing paint, and was impossible to cover up effectively if something became damaged or stained.

Remember, the right house for you is always on-trend

If you’re constantly wishing you lived elsewhere, you’ll never be satisfied with how your home looks, no matter how current your decor. Still looking for your dream home? Let’s talk.


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