5 interior-design trends that will disappear this year, and 6 you'll see everywhere

Open-floor plans have proved less functional than divided spaces.

Having one big space for your kitchen and living room isn't as comfortable anymore as it may have once been. Jodie Johnson/Shutterstock

Open-floor plans once soared in popularity in the interior-design world, but Zac Houghton, a construction expert and the CEO of the home-improvement company Loftera, told Insider the trend may taper off.

"Many people learned the hard way during the pandemic that perhaps your kitchen, home office, dining area, great room, and living room should not all be the same," he said. "Ultimately, lack of privacy leads to a lack of functionality."

Those with open spaces may look to find ways to add some separation through wall dividers and other forms of privacy.

5 Home Décor Trends to Ditch This Year, According to Designers

Our homes are one of the many parts of our lives where we can express our unique tastes. Within the walls where we eat, laugh, cry, work, nurture, grow, and sleep is a space that’s ours to create. Shift the furniture around. Color the walls. Hang wild art and display keepsake mementos. As I see it, the only mandate when decorating our homes is that we adhere to what we truly love—even if that means leaning into or avoiding any of these outdated home décor trends for 2022.

Yep, there’s the crutch: There are décor elements that go by the wayside. Ask any interior designer “what’s a look that you’re so over?” and they’ll likely pause and say something like, “I’d be thrilled to never see [fill in the blank] in a living room again.”

It makes sense, given that we’re often shifting and calculating what we wear to match the latest sartorial breeze. Our homes are just as subject to fall into a dated crutch. But what exactly are those snags? I asked three design experts for their take on the top outdated décor trends to reconsider in 2022. While some of their answers surprised me, all of them got me excited to shift, paint, and even donate a few things.

But just like any “rule,” these are meant to be broken. Take from here what speaks to you and leave the rest. It’s your home. Heck, I still pair my skinny jeans with all the “wrong” footwear—and I love it.

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Outdated Trend #1: Fast Furniture

Here’s a sobering fact: The EPA estimates that Americans generated more than 12 million tons of furniture waste in 2018 (the most recent year reported), nearly 10 million tons of which went to landfill. That’s reason enough to live with less. And it’s inspiration to rethink mass-produced, poor quality furniture items, believes interior designer Liz Lipkin. We’re likely to ditch the fast-and-quick pieces in a few years, “because they don’t hold up, or they become outdated,” she says.

Consider Swapping for: Vintage

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The next time you’re considering that super cheap coffee table, take a beat. Lipkin suggests going vintage and antique shopping. “In addition to having more character and being a lot more fun to shop for, antique furniture was built to last. Buying vintage saves money in the long run and reduces your environmental impact.” This is a total win-win.

Outdated Trend #2: All-White Kitchens

There is an undeniable freshness to an all-white space. Clean and neutral, it’s a palette that complements any and all décor inclusions. Yet, washing every wall in this hue is playing safe these days, say Lyndsey Scott and Wendy Robinson, co-founders and principals of How We Haven. “All-white kitchens can feel very sterile and flat,” believes Scott. “Having little diversity and void of personality, they lack the ability to evoke an inspiring emotion.”

Consider Swapping for: Mix Tones

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The fix? Let the rainbow shine in this room. The same goes for different materials and finishes. “Right now, we are seeing a lot of mixed-toned kitchens,” Robinson tells me. “A blending of white and colored cabinets with wood islands creates more interest with the texture and color.”

Outdated Trend #3: Shiplap

There was a time when I would have put shiplap on every wall. The look is textured, inviting, and warm. Of course, it still is, however more contemporary options warrant a look today. “Shiplap is overdone,” say Scott and Robinson. It’s been too many places and graced too many surfaces.

Consider Swapping for: Vertical Lines

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For a current and refreshed vibe, Scott and Robinson believe you don’t have to totally part from shiplap. Flip it—literally. Install it vertically. Doing so brings the eye upward, making a space feel more expansive. The design duo also recommends trying a slat wall as another way to add some depth.

Outdated Trend #4: Signs

I love a good reminder. Something that marks where I am or nudges me how to feel. (You know the ol’ lipstick-on-the-mirror affirmation? It’s still a winner, in my book.) But the hanging of certain phrases in the home needs a rethink, say Scott and Robinson. “You don’t need a sign to tell you that you are in the kitchen or the bathroom,” implores Scott, who believes all farmhouse decor is gently fading.

Consider Swapping for: European Farmhouse Aesthetic

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Now, this is not to be confused with the more global rustic look. According to Robinson, European farmhouse style, which boasts vintage furniture, patinaed tables, utilitarian pieces, and lots of books, is “on-trend right now.”

Outdated Trend #5: Accent Walls

Is it non-committal? A partial fix? A quick dose of décor interest? Whatever the accent wall is to you, Lipkin says it’s time to “put it behind us.” That’s right. Confining a gorgeous color to only one dimension limits its potential and is very in the past, believes the designer.

Consider Swapping for: Coloring Every Wall

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If you have a proclivity to wash only one wall in a color, consider all the others walls. “It’s time to level up and give the whole room the attention it deserves,” says Lipkin. Painting an entire room completely transforms the look, feel, and total vibe of a space. So does wallpaper, continues Lipkin. “If you love it, set it free on all four walls.”

What décor trends are you ready to leave in the past?

5 Men’s Fashion Trends That Will Be Everywhere This Fall

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Let me set the scene: You’re in Zara, you need to find a killer outfit and you have limited time to shop. You walk in feeling hopeful, but then things take an unfortunate turn. The lighting in the dressing room is bad, your options get progressively worse as you try them on and let’s be honest, you’re stress-sweating all over them anyway. This is a very common shopping scenario for me and I used to often leave feeling defeated—until I discovered the ultimate styling trick. Inspiration is usually just an escalator ride away up to the men’s section, where trends look fresh and the blazers are perfectly oversized. With my newfound love for shopping menswear in mind, I’ve taken the liberty of rounding up the top 2022 men’s fashion trends that virtually anyone can wear.

It’s 2022, so the idea of gendering tops and bottoms is definitely behind us. Fashion trends in general can be worn by whoever loves what. Women’s trends tend to focus on specific pieces like opera gloves, feather trim or corset tops, and the specificity behind these trends gives them clear parameters if you want to replicate the vibe—but often leaves little room for personal styling preferences.

On the other hand, menswear trends usually follow broader themes, and are therefore widely accessible with room for personal interpretation. For example, there are so many ways to incorporate the sleek ties that Prada highlighted on the Spring/Summer 2023 runway. The same can be said about the busy plaid patterns favored by Prada, or the head-to-toe denim at Amiri and Fendi.

These menswear trends are going to be everywhere this fall and are sure to revamp your wardrobe for the rest of the season. Read on for the top five looks you’ll want to plan all your future outfits around.

Denim Doubledown

Men’s and women’s fashion trends often coincide which is why I’m not surprised to see an influx of full-denim outfits dominating men’s style right now. Designers like Fendi, Amiri and Bianca Sanders sent Canadian tuxedo after Canadian tuxedo down the Spring/Summer 2023 runways last month and the look goes beyond just your typical pair of jeans and denim jacket.

Denim bucket hats, frayed hems, oversized shirts and baggy jeans are all clear winners in the denim game. If wearing a full-denim look feels intimidating (though I promise you’ll look great), start by incorporating one piece of untraditional denim into your overall look and layering as the temperatures drop from there.

The Classic Tie

Now ties have never necessarily gone out of style, but it’s certainly been a minute since they’ve been an intentional style choice. For approximately the past five years, the “cool” look at weddings and formal events was to wear a suit sans tie (much to my parent’s chagrin). But like all classic pieces, the tie has managed to loop around and make a comeback.

Adding a tie to your look doesn’t need to be reserved for the office and special events. Designers like Dries Van Norten and John Elliot proved that a tie will tie together a more casual outfit like jeans and a leather jacket—so you can participate in the trend, even if you’re still working from home.

Sheer Tops

Here’s the deal, if you’re able to participate in #freethenipple without repercussions (jealous), you should absolutely participate in this fun see-through trend. Sheer tanks and tops are about to be a sure sheer thing and are a perfect way to level up your wardrobe.

A sheer top doesn’t necessarily need to be worn on its own. Layer it over a patterned or plain tank or under an oversized jacket. Whichever way you choose to wear it, the sheer material will add depth and texture to your look—and we could all use a little more of that.

Patterned Sets

Long live the patterned set: the easiest way to look interesting. A patterned suit or lounge set makes a fashion statement with minimal effort (a win, win!). Even if you opt for a wild pattern, the monochrome effect of the ensemble will look sleek and put together. Designers like Bianca Saunders and Études debuted playful patterned sets during men’s fashion week that you’ll want to copy immediately. Of course, you can always break up the patterns by wearing the top and bottoms individually with basic pieces like jeans or a knit sweater.

Plaid Plaid Plaid

Ditch the plaid skirt because this fall, we’re going for plaid shirts, trench coats and sweaters—according to Prada and Junya Watanabe that is. Plaid is always a popular fall pattern but the look is usually reserved for a scarf or the lining of a neutral trench coat.

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