Trends are just like catchy pop songs or summer romances. We notice them, fall head over heels in love with them and can’t get enough of them, until the day when we move on to the next.
We saw our fair share of great decor trends in 2015, some of them a little too much.
Don’t get us wrong: We still love most of these, but in the name of keeping it fresh we’ve rounded up some great alternatives to 2015’s most popular trends.
1. Molded Plastic Chairs
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They’re classic and iconic and will never go out of style. We’ve also seen them one billion times in seemingly every kitchen, dining room and home office on the Internet.
Instead try: a Muuto Fiber chair
2. Moroccan Puffs
We love the layering effect of the Moroccan pouf, but we’ve seen them one too many times. Instead, try looking for alternative floor cushion options.
Instead try: kilim floor pillows
3. Macrame Hangings
While we still enjoy a well-placed macrame wall hanging, we know this trend caught up so quickly it will inevitably fall. That being said, people have been hanging textiles on their walls for centuries, from the more traditional tapestries to bolder Moroccan rugs.
Instead try: Boucharouette wall art
4. Concrete Floors
Concrete floors can feel a little cold in a home, but we’re eyeing an alternative that will make a huge comeback in 2016: the terrazzo floor. Anyone else feeling a pinch of nostalgia for these floors that graced our school bathrooms in the ‘90s?
Instead try: terrazzo floors
5. Batik Pillows
We really, really love batik pillows, but when big brand stores start making copies of a trend, we know it’s time to move on. We scoured the Amber Interiors Shoppe to find the latest alternative and were positively charmed by injiri pillows.
Instead try: injiri pillows
6. Beni Ourain Rugs
We’re still on the fence with Beni Ourain rugs. One day we love them, another we’ve seen enough. If you fall in the latter camp, consider our latest obsession: the vintage Oushak rug, perfectly faded and elegant.
Instead try: vintage Oushak rugs
7. Bright Neon Tones
Some colors are best used in very small quantities or left to the kid’s room altogether. After seeing a vast collection of super bright rooms, we’re ready for the muted Serenity and Rose Quartz rooms to come this year.
Instead try: muted pastels
8. Eames Lounge Chair
Here’s another classic that will definitely stick around for many years to come. We love it, it’s just that there are so many great midcentury lounge chairs that could sometimes take the place of the iconic Eames lounge chair.
Instead try: the Flag Halyard chair
9. Fiddle Leaf Figs
The fiddle leaf fig is like the chevron of plants. It stuck around for ages, despite the fact that there are countless other options. Sure, it’s a beautiful sculptural plant, but we’re ready for something new.
Instead try: bird of paradise
10. All-White Kitchens
There will always be a place in our hearts for timeless all-white kitchens, but we’ve spotted so many great kitchens in gorgeous muted green and blue tones that we just want to see more of that for a little while.
Instead try: dusty blue or green cabinets
11. Classic Subway Tile
The subway tile will never go out of style. That being said, for people looking for something a little more bold and beautiful, we highly recommend giving geometric encaustic tiles a try.
Instead try: cubic tile