The Experts Have Spoken, and These 3 Trends Should Stay in the 2010s (Sorry, Chip and Jo)

published Jan 7, 2020
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You know that saying, that was soooo last decade? Well, thanks to Sherwin-Williams’ latest survey, we can officially say that to these once-popular design trends might be associated with those words before we know it.

Sherwin-Williams surveyed 700 interior designers to find out what major trends should be left in the 2010s. As we all know in the design world, trends come and go quite frequently, so don’t mourn these findings too hard. With that being said, you might have seen some of these guesses coming, as experts from different professions have hinted at these winners (or losers) for some time.

See below for the top three trends designers think are on the way out.

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Ah, the beloved staple once seen in your grandparents’ house that made a comeback in the past decade. The woven textile technique resurfaced in the form of wall art, plant hangers, and even chandeliers, adorning any place hip enough to be boho. However, out of the pool of designers surveyed, 22 percent said that macramé was their least favorite trend of the decade. They clearly want to put the ’70s vibe back in its place.

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All-Grey Interiors

Real estate agents have expressed their dislike for gray, and interior designers are doing the same. What used to be one of the more beloved neutrals is now becoming the opposite, at least among the 19 percent of professionals who thought it was the worst trend of the decade. However, all-white still has a fighting chance, according to Sherwin-Williams, with only 12 percent of interior designers saying that it’s fading.


Regardless of Chip and Joanna Gaines’ loyal following, modern farmhouse style seems to be on its way out, according to the pros—at least when it comes to shiplap. 13 percent of the respondents said that they couldn’t see the trend existing past the 2010s. If that’s the case, other alternatives like nickel gap might rise to the forefront. But as long as there’s love “Fixer Upper,” will shiplap really ever leave our lives?