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7 Mid-Century Modern Decor Trends You Might Regret, According to Designers

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From lucite furniture to wood paneling and more, here are a few of the mid-century modern decor trends some interior designers say may not have the most staying power going forward. 

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Saturated Colors 

Vibrant shades of orange, teal, and mustard are just a few of the bold colors that make up a classic mid-century modern palette, but these colors can often leave a space feeling dated.

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Lucite Furnishings 

“While vintage lucite certainly has an aesthetic allure, it can require special handling and protection from sunlight to prevent deterioration, yellowing, clouding, and scratching,” says designer Sarah Barnard. 

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Overdoing Iconic Designs 

Mid-century modern decor certainly has its famous pieces, silhouettes, and designers, but when picking which elements to incorporate in a single room, however, less is more. 

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Wood Paneling

“Going full-blown wood can be really overwhelming if the rest of the space is going to have mid-century modern decor as well,” says architect and interior designer Angie Lane. 

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Cut Block Walls 

“After removal, the concept can be reintroduced into parts of the general façade or as the outer wall of a carport,” suggests designer Erin Shakoor.

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Angular Shapes 

Overdoing the same silhouette can make a room seem one-dimensional. Not to worry—all you have to do is balance out those straight lines with a few curves. 

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Retro Fabrics 

“For a look that will last another century, take the time to reupholster a piece in something more contemporary,” designer Bella Mancini suggests.