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5 Outdated Home Decor Trends 2024

Home decor trends come and go, and what was once considered stylish can quickly become outdated. Of course, the most important aspect of home design in choosing what fits you authentically. I recommend focusing less on what is “in style” and more on what feels good naturally. That said, some folks get stuck in fad and have a hard time moving forward. In this post, we’ll take a look at a few outdated home decor trends and why it’s time to bid them farewell.

black and white throw pillows

Much like my personal life, I’m all about finding opportunities for change and growth and these trends are no different. Sometimes it can be hard to let go of an old way of doing something. That’s ok! I’m including decorating tips to gently move us in a fresh direction. No shame here!

this stock image with matching pillows, vases, decor, and lamps feels really staged and uncomfortable!

1. Matchy-Matchy Everything:

One of the most common outdated trends is the obsession with perfectly matching furniture sets, pillows, and art work. While this can be tempting for the sake of convenience, it can make for a very predictable and cold space (thinking about all those medical waiting area and hotels room!).

The days of buying a complete living room set with matching sofas, coffee table, and end tables are fading. Instead, consider mixing and matching different furniture pieces and styles to add character.

Read More: How to Add Contrast to Your Home Decor

family room style

For pillows, look for ones that compliment each other, like in my curated collection in How to Layer Pillows Like a Pro.

home office nook with black wall and boho decor

2. Painting Each Room or Wall a Different Color:

Ok, you know I am committed to a good black wall, but it’s time to let go of painting each and every wall a different color! For a long stretch, there seemed to be an unwritten rule that practically demanded each wall or room be painted its own color.

From mauve to sage to beige to powder blue each room had its own color theme going. Not only does this use a helluva lot of paint, it also can make a house feel really disjointed and themey.

Check out my five Wall Color Trends of 2024 for more ideas and inspiration.

Instead, consider working with neutral paint colors throughout the entire house. Maybe commit a couple walls for contrast. This allows spaces to changes and evolve naturally in time.

Personally, the first thing I do in any house I live in is paint the entire thing a very lovely neutral white color. Ahh, a beautiful blank slate.

boho style bedroom with bed and large area rug
Window with Woven Wood Shades in Kula Sandy Beach with Sheer Linens

3. Heavy Drapery and Valances:

Oh, those days with heavy, ornate drapes and valances. Why did we ever feel the need to cover up allllll the natural light? Weighty curtains and non-functional valances can make a room feel stuffy and outdated.

Instead, lean toward light and airy window treatments, like sheer or linen curtains and woven wood shades. These options allow natural light to filter in, creating a brighter and more contemporary space. My favorite curtain of all time are a lightweight Crossweave in Stone White (which is really more of a gray).

Or, if possible, go with naked windows! I opt for this whenever I can.

modern living room
stock photo living room with a blend of styles including modern, coastal, and boho

4. Committing to Specific Decor:

For so long, committing to a particular, very specific decor style was the way to go. Welp, I stand behind (lovingly) saying goodbye to this outdated home decor trend.

Visualize all the Tuscan inspired wallpaper, hardware, and paint colors. Or the Shabby Chic style that once ruled the decor world with vintage-inspired chalk paint furniture and wall decor. And yes, I’m looking at you modern farmhouse and boho chic.

While this may feel cohesive, it can also feel over the top. It also makes it tempting to just go with what is available in all the stores- but then every living room looks the same!

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Boho or Mid-Century? Maybe Modern or Coastal? See what interior design style fits you best and get styling ideas!

Instead, I suggest finding out what styles you naturally lean towards and choosing some elements to include. If you’re not sure, check out my interior design quiz to help hone in on what you naturally love.

Blending those styles with modern or classic elements will give your space a more timeless appeal.

pillows on bed
this stock photo bedroom is WAY too symmetrical with each side being over the top even

5. Too Symmetrical

Our eyes love good balance and symmetry. However, home decors trends took it waaayyyyy over the top in recent years with each side of the room being exactly the same. Frankly, I find this really unnerving!

Instead, look for ways to create intentional asymmetry by layering photos, including a tall plant, choosing lamps that are complimentary but not the same.

In fact, I’ve made the Case for Imperfect Home Styling to really embrace authenticity at home.

book shelf styling

Final Thoughts: Outdated Home Decor

Ok, so we looked at some outdated home decor trends that we finally need to let go of. But please know, there is no shame here! If you absolutely love one of these trends and feels authentic to you, go for it.

When you ask yourself what home decor is out of style, I really encourage to think more about how to make your interior design style more fresh and true for you. If you feel stuck, check out my Tips to Get Out of a Home Decor Rut and my step by step guide, How to Decorate a Room From Start to Finish.

While trends that come and go are a good starting point, don’t get too focused on “following the trends” – whatever winds are blowing. Focus on intentional and timeless design! (Intention is my word of the year!)

outdated home decor trends

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