Thanks to affordable retailers like Kmart, Target, Pottery Barn and H&M, getting your hands on the latest and greatest trendy décor item to update your space is easier now than ever before, and it doesn’t cost much to do it. While some trends have endured several seasons, such as the popularity of millennial pink, indoor plants and white-washed interiors, other trends haven’t quite experienced the same longevity.
The scary, and somewhat frustrating, thing about this story, is that many of these trends aren’t all that old, but they’re already terribly dated. Here are six trendy décor items you need to get rid of now, because they’re more passé than personality-packed.
1. Inspirational signs, quotes and words
While many people swear by the inspiring powers of daily affirmations, the powers of inspirational or cutesy quotes fall flat once in the context of interiors. It’s time to ditch the ‘live, love, laugh’ signs and move on to some unique art prints or photographic imagery for your walls.
2. Pink flamingos
These leggy birds had their heyday circa 2016, started to fade in 2017, and now they’re officially dated. If you’re still sporting pink flamingos on your cushions, lamps or decorative objects, it’s time to let them go. Try a timeless botanical print instead.
3. Collections of ceramic animals
While some consider this trend kitschy and cute, it’s really a little naff. Try displaying collections of treasure or trinkets you’ve collected from your travels or family holidays, or even breaking out the family heirlooms and working them into your interiors. A balanced of old and new is the key to any good interior.
Popular in beachside homes and properties channelling a ‘Hamptons’ vibe, seashells and décor items made from seashells have had their time in the sun, along it artfully-placed pieces of driftwood and coral. Replace them with vases of fresh flowers instead, books or candles instead.
5. All-white everything
Impossible to keep clean and difficult to get right, all-white interiors are best left to the professionals. Integrating colours, textures and different materials into your home is now definitely in, so try going bold with colours or dominant shades.
6. Faux fur
This trend piggy-backed in on the coat tails of Scandinavian interiors at the peak of their popularity. While the simple, beautiful and natural interiors of Scandinavian design will always be stylish, faux fur will not. Try replacing faux fur cushions with velvet, quilted fabrics, crochet, or natural materials such as linen or leather. For your floor, jute, sisal or plush rugs are always a style statement.
This article originally appeared on Better Homes and Gardens.
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