- Insider spoke to interior designers about the 2020 interior trends they don’t like.
- Experts said unrealistic design choices such as open shelving and barn doors no longer work for people.
- They also don’t like the harsh look of their homes, so black hardware, dark color schemes, and mirrored furniture are becoming outdated.
- The designers also said they hope people will gradually move away from following interior trends too closely.
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There’s no doubt that having a well-designed living space has never been more important than in 2020, with many people spending more time at home than ever before.
People are also experimenting with their homes and often look to evolving interior trends to see how they can refresh their spaces.
Insider asked interior designers about the 2020 interior trends they’re willing to leave behind because they’re impractical, look outdated, or overused.
Light-colored wood has become popular in homes in recent years because it brightens up spaces, but designers no longer favor it. It doesn’t add any depth to the house.
“It’s still a classic, but we’re ready to do something darker, richer and warmer,” says Lauren Schneider, co-founder of design firm Transition State, about the material. He shared his thoughts with Insider.
The industrial look has become trendy due to its clean lines and the modern mood it creates.
However, design experts realized that in a home environment it can look unattractive and cold. Many coffee shops and restaurants also adopt this look, giving it a hard and overdone look.
Designers encourage their clients to incorporate warm colors and materials to make their homes more inviting.
Adam Meshberg, founder of Meshberg Group, isn’t interested in “using a traditional kitchen island instead of a cantilever island.”
Cantilevered islands have an opening at the bottom, while traditional islands have a simple block shape. The cantilever option provides more seating space and allows more people to gather in the kitchen.
The built-in chairs also free up more space in the kitchen, so you won’t get stuck in the kitchen when cooking with others.
“People were really interested in everything matte black,” said Schneider of Transition States.
That design preference extends to faucets, sinks, and even cabinetry, but that rugged, modern look no longer resonates with people.
“It’s no longer a white kitchen or a moody kitchen,” Schneider added. “It’s clean and modern, but with soft elements.”
“The trend of adding a ‘pop of color’ to furniture and home decor has actually been around for over a decade,” architect and interior designer Colin Haentjens previously told Insider’s Sofia Mitrokostas. Ta.
“This strategy can give a space a childish feel, especially if the colors are too primary or saturated,” added Henjens.
Rather than randomly inserting colorful chairs and pillows, designers are choosing to fill the space more evenly with color. New strategies are allowing people to bring color into their homes without it looking overwhelming or tacky.
Meshberg pointed out that traditional wood-burning and gas fireplaces are no longer a favorite of designers because they are bad for the environment.
If you’re buying or renting a new home in 2021, there’s a good chance you’ll find an electric fireplace over traditional options.
Mirrored furniture became popular in the 1980s and has made a bit of a comeback in recent years, much to the chagrin of some designers.
“I’ve never been a big fan of mirrored furniture, but I’m glad to see it’s on the decline,” Michelle Lysack, founder and principal designer of Michelle Lysack Interior Design, told Insider. Ta.
People are choosing opaque furniture instead and using mirrors as decorations.
Shiplap is a style of wood paneling used to add personality to walls that has exploded in popularity in recent years, primarily due to its use on HGTV shows.
Due to its unique rustic feel, it is often used as part of the modern farmhouse movement. However, design experts now consider shiplap to be a safe choice rather than a bold statement.
“Shiplap is overdone. It seems like literally everything is covered in shiplap these days,” Nestations’ Sally Sorcelli previously told Insider.
“There are many other woodwork options that you would want to incorporate into your home,” Sorichelli added.
In the early 2000s, when the size of televisions increased rapidly, it became common to place flat screens on the wall for everyone to watch.
This trend has been going on for years, but now designers are encouraging customers to store electronics in cabinets because they take up so much space.
By placing the TV somewhere that can be closed, you can decorate the room more freely.
Although the combination of black and white has become a trend in recent years, designers do not like this harsh contrast because it does not feel attractive and homey.
“We’ve done it in the past and we’ve embraced it,” Jenna Rochon, co-founder of Transition State, said of the trend. “But we’re ready to move on.”
Her partner Schneider added that design teams generally avoid dark contrasts and opt for more uniform color schemes.
Meshberg and other designers take issue with open shelves in kitchens because they’re not practical.
“You can’t spend all your time organizing dishes, so open shelves should be limited to important items, if any at all,” he says.
“As 2020 has taught us, we should be more realistic with our time and use it wisely,” he added. “There is beauty in truly thoughtful and functional design.”
For example, Meshberg said cabinets can be beautiful. and Helps keep your space tidy.
Barn doors began appearing on homes as part of the trendy modern farmhouse movement.
But designers say people are moving away from the farmhouse aesthetic because it’s too overdone and the doors feel outdated. Additionally, the sliding door style is completely useless.
“Aesthetics aside, sliding barn doors are terrible doors,” Kobi Karp of Kobi Karp Architecture and Interior Design previously told Insider.
“Since no seal is created between the wall and the door, there is little insulating sound and light and smells enter from the sides,” Karp added.
“I’m not particularly a big fan of trends,” Jeremiah Brent, designer and host of TLC’s “Jeremiah and Nate By Design” and Netflix’s “Say I Do,” told Insider.
Many other designers who spoke with Insider echoed Brent’s sentiments, suggesting that looking too closely at trends can prevent people from making their homes an inviting space. They are Love and feel comfortable.
“I think if you take it sparingly and don’t take it too seriously, it can be fun,” Brent added. “Trends are like chunky boots, they’re not for everyone.”