Beating Design Burnout: If You’re Tired of These Trends, Try This Instead

updated Jul 17, 2020
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Sometimes you get tired of seeing the same trends over and over. Sometimes you want to try something a little different. Here are five trends you may be a little fatigued by — and five fresh new ideas to try instead.

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If you’re tired of gallery walls, try this: one single statement piece.
Gallery walls have been around for a while, and they’re still a great choice, for the right space. But I do feel that gallery walls are a little overused, and they can make smaller spaces feel cluttered and chaotic. Instead, try filling a big wall with a single statement piece, like the wall hanging above from Fine Little Day. Oversized pieces do tend to be a bit pricey, but if you add up the money you would otherwise spend on all that art and frames, you may find that you come out about even. Or try a DIY!

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If you’re tired of Beni Ourain rugs, try this: a Moroccan boucherouite rug.
Boucherouite rugs (rag rugs from Morocco) have all of the texture of a Beni Ourain, with an additional dose of enthusiastic color. And every single one is unique, so you’ll know that you have a rug that’s not quite like anyone else’s.

→ Top Shops: Favorite Sources for Moroccan Boucherouite Rugs

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Or this: a Beni Mguild rug.
Beni Mguild rugs, created by weavers in Morocco’s Middle Atlas mountains, are a little harder to come by than Beni Ourain rugs, but that extra hunting is more than worth it. They’re often dyed in splendid hues of red, blue, green, or even purple.

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If you’re tired of grey, try this: pale pink.
Grey has been the new black (or maybe the new white?) for so long that you may be itching to try something different. If you’re feeling adventurous, why not give pink a try? In pale, unsaturated tones, it’s a surprisingly versatile neutral.

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If you’re tired of extreme minimalism, try this: bohemian minimalism.
While stark, white interiors full of stark, black and white furnishings may be lovely, they’re definitely not for everyone. If you’re drawn to the minimalist look but prefer a little more liveliness, try embracing what we call ‘bohemian minimalism’. It’s a look that values simplicity and streamlines shapes, but mixes in a few plants and textured pieces for warmth and variety.

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If you’re tired of midcentury modern, try this: a mix of old and new pieces.
Midcentury modern furniture is still highly prized, but if you’d prefer that your home not look like a Mad Men set, try creating a mix of both old and new pieces. Combining new furniture with vintage furniture, and mixing pieces from different eras, will give your home a unique and timeless feel.

→ The Modern Mix: 10 Ways to Work Vintage Pieces into Modern Interiors