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20 Home Decor Trends on Their Way Out

You got rid of the wood paneling years ago and updated your kitchen cupboards, furniture and even your light fixtures. Here are 20 trends that are on their way out in 2020.

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Industrial Everything

Edison bulbs, exposed brick, all that metal — there is such a thing as too much industrial. If you want to go for an industrial look, stick with just a couple of elements such as a pegboard backsplash or some modern pendant lights.

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Too Much Granite

Granite is a top choice for kitchen counters, but don’t go overboard. If granite is your countertop of choice, try adding accents such as butcher block countertop for the kitchen island or quartz for your main kitchen workspace.

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Nautical Decor

All those anchors and seashells belong at your seaside retreat, not as part of your suburban living room decor. You can get a more subtle look with a beach-themed paint color combo, such as crisp blue with white and rose accents.

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Reclaimed Wood Overload

That rustic barn door looks great in your home’s den, but don’t go overboard. When it comes to trendy wood accents such as reclaimed barn wood projects and wood accent walls, one is plenty.

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Giant Tufted Headboards

Go ahead and make your own headboard, but the giant tufted headboards trend now looks dated. Instead, try making a bookcase headboard for a big statement look.

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Glass Block Bathroom Windows

You can have your privacy and plenty of light in your bathroom without the use of glass block windows, which can come off as dated. Instead, try a skylight or a frosted window.

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Too Many Open Shelves

Open kitchen shelving can help bring order to your kitchen, but stick to one or two. Keep items that are easy to stack on open shelves and store things like mix-and-match glassware and older pieces on your kitchen cabinets.

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Fake Plants

Plants can help improve your indoor air quality, so choose one living plant over several fake plants and flowers. If you’re concerned about your lack of a green thumb, there are plenty of plants that are easy to care for, even in winter.

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Chevron Designs

Whether it’s on an accent wall, a living room rug or on your bedroom curtains, the chevron pattern trend is fading. Instead keep the chevron pattern to a smaller accent, such as in DIY wall art, or on seasonal decorations such as painted pumpkins.

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Hollywood-Style Bathroom Lighting

If you still have Hollywood-style marquee lighting above your vanity, it may be time for a minor bathroom remodel. Instead, try sconces on each side of the mirror with an overhead pendant light.

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Too Many Pastels

One pastel in a room is on-trend. Too many pastels is one of those outdated home trends. Stick with a pastel-colored sofa or a soft rose hue on your living room wall to make the room appear bigger.

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Vertical Blinds

If you have vertical blinds, you know how they can be a pain to open and close and how easily they can become tangled. Instead, update to some mini blinds, fun DIY window treatments or lightweight curtains.

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Indoor Wicker Furniture

Wicker furniture is a great choice for your new screened porch or for a porch swing, so keep the wicker outside. When used indoors, wicker is one of those home trends that can quickly make a home look dated.

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When it comes to plaid, stick to clothing and blankets. It’s time to remove that plaid wallpaper and consider reupholstering old furniture that’s still covered in tartan.

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Tuscan-Inspired Kitchens

A popular kitchen design trend for much of the 2000s, Tuscan kitchens are starting to lose their appeal. Instead of lots of stone and darker colors, today’s kitchens focus on lighting and a crisp color palette for home trends.

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Distressing Wood

Distressing seems to be all the rage at the moment, but even now it’s on its way out as a trend. Unless you truly want a rustic feel in your kitchen (here’s how to get that awesome rustic barn wood door), we suggest avoiding the look for now.

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Brass Hardware

Metals may be in when it comes to accessories, but avoid shiny brass as it can make a kitchen look dated. Instead, replace cabinet hardware with brushed nickel, glass or stainless steel.

Another good way to update your kitchen is to install a ceiling light in a black matte finish.

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Bold Appliances

Bold kitchen colors are on trend, but avoid choosing bright colors for appliances. You wouldn’t put a ’70s avocado green or goldenrod refrigerator in your kitchen now, so just imagine how that bold red or sea foam green appliance will look in a few years.

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Hanging Pot Racks

Hanging pot racks have hung around long enough. The trend is toward clean, sleek lines, and those hanging racks can make a kitchen look cluttered. Instead of hanging a large pot rack over a kitchen island, try building cabinet rollouts.

You may also get inspired by these 12 creative solution for storing pots and pans.

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Dark Wood

When updating your kitchen cabinets, think bright. Instead of dark wood finishes that have been a go-to for the last decade, try lighter wood tones.

Rachel Brougham
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