Trends are a funny thing. Contagious and fleeting, they are beloved one minute and tossed the next. This might work well when dealing with sweaters or t-shirts that you can wear until the holes start creeping in, but it’s not so practical when shopping for a sofa you’re hoping to keep for the better part a decade (or two). And while some trends in the design world start as fads but become timeworn classics—take hand-thrown ceramics for instance—others have a shorter shelf life. We all remember chevrons, don’t we?
We’d like to take a moment to focus on the latter—the trends that, despite their undeniable appeal—may not stand the test of time or incorporate well in your décor for years to come. We’re not saying to avoid them altogether, but rather to proceed with caution and ask yourself questions like “Will I still like this in five years?” and “Will it work with the décor I already have?” before pulling out your credit card. Naturally, we couldn’t just present a problem without a solution, so we also sourced a few trends that you might like to consider instead—ones that, in our humble opinion, may have a longer shelf life in your home.
Skip Globe Lamps, Try Mushroom Lamps
After the exposed bulb craze came globe lamps and chandeliers often finished with a brass structure—a nod to midcentury Italian lighting by brands such as Stilnovo. And while we would never turn down a true piece from the Italian retailer, we have also seen more than enough iterations of globe lighting to last us a lifetime. Instead of jumping on the oversaturated train that has become globe lamps, may we suggest the next biggest trend in lighting design: the mushroom lamp.
These curious-looking lamps aren’t new. They were popular in the 1970s thanks to designers like Vico Magistretti. Many contemporary designers like Tom Dixon and Normann Copenhagen are also jumping on board and designing their own version—even CB2 has one. And we’re not mad about it. In fact, we’re fully on board.
Atollo Table Light, Design Within Reach, from $915
Skip Postmodern Prints, Try Block Prints
The internet seems to have wholeheartedly embraced postmodern lately. It’s no surprise—the trend appeals to our nostalgic youth waking up to Nickelodeon cartoons. Pillows adorned with tiny triangles and squiggly lines all in bold primary colors can tug at our heartstrings, not to mention they’re very Instagram-friendly.
Yes, postmodern prints are feeling very edgy right now, especially on larger pieces of furniture like sofas, but just try and remember your mom’s 90’s sofa and how poorly it actually evolved in your space over the years. To avoid adding another piece of décor to the world’s landfill in a few years, consider a slightly more subtle pattern, like a block print pillow from Block Shop. While still fun and colorful, these pillows also have the potential to grow with your décor as your taste evolves.
Signal Pillow, Block Shop, $105
Skip White-Washed Minimalism, Try Wabi-Sabi
The décor world will probably never fall out of love with Scandinavian style—the mix of edited minimalism and cozy chalet appeals to both our tidy tendencies and our yearning to feel comfortable in our homes. But may we suggest a small break from the all-white interiors filled with sheepskin throws, black and white photography, and light reclaimed wood furniture and turn to another part of the world for décor inspiration?
Japan is the home of Wabi-Sabi, an aesthetics philosophy centered on the acceptance of imperfection. While this may sound a little abstract, the results can be striking. While the Japanese are minimalists in nature, their love for patinaed objects that only get better with age help foster interiors that have a sense of history and maturity while still feeling understated. To adopt this trend, look for simple pieces that have a patina to incorporate into your décor.
Roly-Poly Dining Chair Raw, 1stdibs, $5,834.78
Skip Gray, Try Desert Red
While we encourage anyone color averse to wholeheartedly embrace one of the color predictions of the year, Metropolitan gray, we’re also impressed by the boldness of Sherwin Williams’ Cavern Clay—a rich desert-toned hue.
We’ve collectively spent the past five years running away from color—and this terracotta shade is the perfect way to dip our toes into colored rooms again. Besides, the hue will pair beautifully with your accumulated collection of Millennial pink pieces and your growing array of ceramics and terracotta vessels.
Pronged Bowl, Anthropologie, from $68
Skip Graphic Rugs, Try Solid Bold Rugs
It seems as though every brand these days—even IKEA—is coming up with a line of saturated patterned rugs. And while we love the look of them in theory, graphic rugs are a little tricky to incorporate into everyday décor. If you’re on the fence about pulling the trigger on a beautiful Court Series rug, consider a vibrant viscose or silk rug—these materials have a beautiful subtle sheen—in a bold hue like yellow mustard or pink grapefruit.
You’ll still reap the benefits of a striking colorful base for your room, but you’ll also gain the longevity of a rug that can evolve with your décor. And if you’re still craving bold graphic prints, try incorporating them in your pillows, throws, or artwork instead.
Lucent Rug, West Elm, from $499
Skip, Terrazzo, Try Granite
Okay, hear us out. We know that granite hasn’t even fully left the design landscape yet, and we’re still cringing at the thought of another brown-hued countertop in the beloved hardy material that’s graced our kitchens for the better half of our lives. Maybe we’re not quite ready for granite to come back quite yet, but brands like Fort Standard and Pieces are hard at work to make this material trend again.
Staying far away from countertops—or even kitchens—this time, these brands are instead using the material in smaller objects from candleholders to coffee tables. And if we’re being honest, we don’t hate it. And while our love for terrazzo runs deep, we’re ready to move on from the plethora of iterations on the market and jump on the next big thing.
Black Granite Stone Candle Sconce, 1stdibs, $280
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