Despite missing the mark, these trends play a part in the ever-changing design landscape. Here are a few that fell short in 2023.
Yellow-gold hardware was everywhere this year, but it wasn’t versatile enough to complement a lot of popular design schemes.
Yellow-gold hardware doesn’t look luxe anymore
The yellow-gold finish once exuded luxury but now screams “cheugy” — dated and trying a bit too hard to be cool.
It was overused, and it lost its initial allure and elegance.
The fast-furniture trend has become a revolving door of disposable decor
I’m over fast furniture that’s made cheaply so it can be sold at a low price — I’d rather pay more for pieces built to last.
This year, fast furniture caused many to prioritize trendiness over quality and sustainability. But, unsurprisingly, a $300 sofa won’t be particularly durable or long-lasting.
Modern-farmhouse spaces aren’t unique or special anymore
The modern-farmhouse aesthetic was huge this year, but many homes began to resemble mass-produced replicas of the same Pinterest board of shiplap and rustic decor.
The style has lost its charm while stifling many people’s creativity.
I hope to see more individuality and personal expression in 2024.
I’m tired of seeing 50 shades of beige in a space
This year, homes became covered in a sea of beige. These basic, monochromatic spaces lack visual intrigue and personality.
But I think 2024 will see many more people seeking out bolder color palettes and design elements to bring life and personality back into their living spaces.
Maximalism isn’t ideal for small spaces
At the same time, we saw a rise of maximalism — a “more is more” approach that celebrates colors and patterns.
But well-executed maximalism requires a trained eye and thoughtful curation, especially in a small space.
This style can overwhelm a small space when it isn’t done right.
Open-concept designs can be awkward
This year, open-concept layouts made it more difficult to have privacy while also creating awkward spaces.
These spaces — where multiple rooms are connected in a large, undivided area — can compromise functionality and remove more intimate spaces from a home.
Wavy-edged furniture is already tacky
Furniture with wavy edges isn’t sophisticated, timeless, or graceful.
The trend had a short shelf life, swiftly transitioning from trendy to tacky.
Although it’s luxurious, statement marble was entirely overused this year
Marble was used in many designs this year, but that excessive application has made the material lose its wow factor.
Its overuse has made it feel commonplace, diminishing its allure as a distinguished and exclusive design element.
This year took me from “Wow, marble!” to “Meh, more marble.”
Checkered rugs were never going to trend forever
Checkered rugs were just too predictable to stay trendy. Now, they just feel mundane.
They don’t offer the visual interest found in more intricately patterned rugs and aren’t as timeless as solid-colored ones.
Instead of feeling chic, they now feel choreographed.