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6 outdated interior design trends for 2019


It’s time to kiss these trends hasta la vista and check out some trendier designs.

Time to move on from these outdated interior design trends © 123rf

Thinking of giving your home a little refresh but not sure where to start? First, you need to discover your interior design style and gather some inspiration to draw up your remodelling plans. While it’s great to find out what styles or designs speak out to you, it’s important to keep in mind that trends, even in interior design, comes and goes. To keep you up to date on things, we’ve compiled a list of outdated interior designs that you may want to leave out of your renovation ideas. We’ve also included suggestions for upcoming trends you should consider.

OUT: Whitewashed kitchens

Minimalist kitchen design is now a thing of the past © Getty Images

Minimalist styles featuring a monotone palette were all the rage in recent years. White cabinets with white countertops and white tiles were the perfect recipe for a picturesque kitchen back then. While they do give off a sleek and clean vibe, the blandness of the palette was simply lacklustre.

IN: Kitchens with a splash of colour

Don’t be afraid to play with colours © 123rf

Kitchens with strategically-placed pops of colours are the go-to designs now. If you’re not keen to tear down your kitchen to hop on the trend bandwagon, we have the perfect solution for you. Refresh your kitchen cabinets with a fresh coat of paint or make use of cabinet wallpapers if you prefer a no-mess alternative.

OUT: Millennial Pink

Is it time to ditch millennial pink? © 123rf

Millennial Pink hues became a phenomenal hit and took the interior design world by storm. The fresh and light shade was easy to mix and match with other colours, making it a perfect choice for many interior designers. Millennial Pink could easily be mixed with pastel tones and made a great addition to muted colours such as grey or white. However, this trend is slowly coming to a screeching halt as it has been overused over the past couple of years.

IN: Muted shades

Achieve a calm and serene environment with muted tone © 123rf

It’s time to turn to more neutral shades in the year 2020. For example, colours like beige instantly add warmth to any space. If you’re not a huge fan of beige and appreciate tones that have more vibrancy, opt for a colour like green or a warmer shade of grey. Grey and green make for an ideal colour pairing for the bedroom and living area. Should you find yourself in a more adventurous mood, it’s always great to consider other colours.

OUT: Perfection

White living room with sofa
Forget about clean, sleek lines, go wild with your designs instead © Getty Images

Clean, sleek lines have dominated the interior design industry in the recent few years. Many new developments featured perfect homes with minimalist designs and unpretentious furniture. In fact, minimalist designs with a single splash of colour and matching furniture were considered the epitome of modern living. As gorgeous as these designs were, they proved to be a little too formal and cold for a home environment.

IN: Wabi-sabi

Tired of creating a perfect space? Now’s the time to break the convention by incorporating imperfection into your home © 123rf

Wabi-sabi has been receiving a lot of global attention worldwide. It is a Japanese term that essentially carries the notion of finding beauty in imperfection. To incorporate it into your home, add artisanal DIY pieces for a little grunge factor into your living space. Alternatively, you can also add an organic touch into your home by placing some plants indoors.

OUT: Regular, repetitive wallpaper

Bed against forest motif wallpaper
Wallpaper with repeating patterns can be tiresome, switch it up with something cleaner © 123rf

Wallpapers were a great way to spruce up the mood of a room many years ago. They came in various patterns and colours with a fuss-free installation. It was easy to rely on the same colours and patterns in a single space but repetitive motives can be boring and eventually tiresome to the eye.

IN: A centrepiece mural or painting

Patterned pillows on grey corner sofa in living room interior wi
Dress up a room with a beautifully painted piece of art © 123rf

It’s time to scrape off the wallpaper and redecorate your space with a statement piece on the wall. It could be in the form of a bold mural painting or even an abstract piece of art. If you’re not a fan of paintings, make it a point to incorporate tiles into your living space for an instant refresher. You could also up your home decoration game by mixing and matching decorative styles.

OUT: Conventional silhouettes

living room interior in scandinavian style with grey sofa, rug, monochrome pillows, coffee table and standing lamp
Retire the conventional and welcome more exciting shapes and textures © 123rf

Many of us were probably under the impression that traditional furniture sets would be a better fit for the home. Hence, our furniture pieces often resulted in typical-shaped sofas that were square or rectangle in shape with distinct lines and edges. L-shaped sofas with squared cushions were also a common sight in many households, but it’s time to retire the conventional idea and welcome more exciting shapes.

IN: Unusually-shaped furniture

Turquoise couch against white wall with painting in flat interior with ficus and chairs at table
Mix eclectic design with unconventional colours to spruce up a room© 123rf

Don’t be afraid of integrating a few unconventional pieces into your living areas. Furniture with rounded edges is set to be the upcoming trend for the next few years. Turning towards contemporary interior designs and mixing eclectic silhouettes with inspiration from the 70s and 80s is also the next big thing. Take a look at these methods when incorporating unconventional shapes into your living space.

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