By Cora L. Diekman

Published on December 7, 2015

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Photography by remodelista.com

by Cora L Diekman

wood paneling

Once the bane of every renovating homeowner’s existence, wood paneling is making waves once again with new designs and major drama. But not all wood paneling is the same. To bring this trend up to date, follow a few key rules and avoid a 70s reboot.

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Photography by Brittany Ambridge

Opt for quality materials, and remember that they don’t need to be actual wood. While reclaimed wood is popular, there are plenty of alternative materials like wood-patterned ceramic tiles, wallpaper, and even peel-and-stick wall applications that are surprisingly realistic and modern.

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Photography by @thejungalow

Instead of covering an entire room in paneling à la 1970, highlight a single section for a twist on the statement wall. Also, don’t forget the ceiling, which can be a great place to feature a white shiplap-inspired look.

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Photography by design-milk.com

Keep the feel of your space up to date by pairing paneling with modern furniture, lighting, artwork, and other decorative accents—and keep them light in color to balance out darker wood tones.

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Photography by Alex Hayden

artificial flowers

Artificial flowers have earned such a bad rap, and we get it—those dusty not-fooling-anyone bouquets in your grandmother’s house are definitely NOT on our radar. But, silk florals have come a seriously long way in recent years, maybe even earning a place in your modern design arsenal.

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Photography by mydomaine.com

Branches are some of the most realistic artificial florals available—and BONUS, they’re also versatile and minimal. Pop a few branches into an oversized vase for a simple, rustic look or group together large bunches for a more dramatic effect.

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Remember to update your containers, too. Brass and copper are having their day in the sun right now, so you can’t miss with these two spot-on metallics.

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Photography by Paige Jones

Think outside of the vase and try using florals in unexpected places. We’re loving this simple strand of flowers as DIY nursery decor.

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Photography by ASHLEY GIESEKING

wall to wall carpet

With layered rugs trending right now, we’re not surprised that wall-to-wall carpet is making a comeback—especially with so many chic designs to choose from. Just remember to leave bland carpeting behind and opt for bold colors that say ‘intentional’ and not ‘leftover’.

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Carpet goes glam with this bedroom design in black and white that’s reminiscent of an upscale hotel suite. This bold black hue is both practical and rich.

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Hello, pattern! Leave boring beige-all-over carpet in the 90s and welcome a high-volume pattern instead—just limit bold prints to small areas like a guest room or office.

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Photography by theprettyblog.com

Don’t be afraid to incorporate dark carpet in small spaces—like this bedroom—that achieves a Scandinavian-inspired design with an all-neutral palette. Bonus points for that unique ribbed texture. 

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ceiling medallions

Ceiling medallions are a simple way to add architectural interest to a space that’s lacking in character—and they’re not just for traditional spaces, either. If you have a soft spot for modern design with pops of tradition, this trend is for you.

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Photography by thedecorista.com

Play with contrast via this modern-meets-traditional pairing: a sunburst chandelier with a traditional, yet complimentary sunburst medallion.

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This space is proof that medallions are way appropriate for modern and eclectic spaces. We’re loving how this oversized medallion highlights the understated light fixture, which might otherwise be lost.

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Photography by apartmenttherapy.com

This more traditional take on lighting in an all-white space would work beautifully with contrastingly modern furnishings or a neutral Scandinavian-inspired design.

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Photography by BRITTANY AMBRIDGE

wicker furniture

If you thought wicker was best left in the 80s (or out on the patio), think again. These glam pieces reinvent wicker in ways you’d never expect and have us wanting more.

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Photography by digsdigs.com

Adding a vintage wicker bench to an ultra-modern space creates crave-worthy design with character and depth.

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Photography by 100layercakelet.com

For the ultimate Bohemian-inspired nursery, this wicker crib with fur bedding is beyond chic (not to mention that rich sapphire blue palette!).

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Photography by domainehome.com

Play with a chair’s inherent retro vibe by pairing it with bold colors, patterns, and cheeky accents. This cozy sitting space is an instant southwest vacay, party of one.

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