No One Is Decorating Their Home With These Items Anymore
We can always try to guess which trends are in and which trends are out by asking interior designers, attending industry events, and scouring all our favourite retailers' new collections, but nothing speaks to trend reports quite as well as actual data. To help us identify trends that are very well on their way out, we tapped Polyvore, a community-powered social commerce platform, and analysed every search query performed on its website in 2016 to give us a snapshot of overall trends for the year.
Are you so over tufted sofas? Do you roll your eyes at the sight of mirrored furniture? Have you seen enough industrial barstools to last you a lifetime? You're not alone. With a decline of over 15% between 2015 and 2016, these décor staples are on their way out, according to Polyvore. Ahead, find out what other décore items are no longer on people's radars and what we're replacing them with for 2017.
OUT: Tufted Sofas
This year marked the death of the tufted sofa, with Polyvore seeing a 75% decrease in searches over the same period in 2015. It seems the overembellished look of heavy tufting is being traded for more minimal lines.
ALTERNATIVE: Tuxedo Sofas
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The tuxedo sofa hails from 1920s modernism. With Art Deco seeing a resurgence and minimalism having a moment, it's only a matter of time before the clean-lined sofa makes a full-blown comeback.
OUT: Metallic Throw Pillows
Metallic throw pillows, along with anything overly feminine, also saw a decrease in popularity this year, with the metallics witnessing a 58% decrease over the same period the previous year.
ALTERNATIVE: Athleisure Pillows
OUT: Industrial Barstools
For years, we saw industrial style chairs and barstools grace every dining room, kitchen, and bar—but it seems the glory days of this trend is over. These popular barstools saw a 19% decrease year over year in 2016.
ALTERNATIVE: Midcentury Barstools
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Midcentury barstools, especially those in iconic shapes, are replacing their industrial counterparts, with a lot of classic modern chair designs being reissued in counter stool versions. Pick your favorite style and jump on the bandwagon.
OUT: Mirrored Furniture
Paris Hilton inspired a whole generation of young ladies to decorate entirely in mirrored facets and faux fur, but it seems these very women are moving on to better things. Mirrored furniture saw a 37% decrease in popularity from the previous year.
ALTERNATIVE: Natural Stone Accents
Instead of mirrored surfaces, opt for more subdued—but nonetheless luxurious—marble or stone finishes, and accent your décor with actual mirrors instead.
OUT: Faux-Fur Throw Blankets
Speaking of faux fur, this trend also saw a drop in popularity, with the fabric dipping 22% from 2015. After the Mongolian fur frenzy, it seems we are moving on to better things.
OUT: Nailhead-Trim Seating
Remember a few years ago when every single piece of furniture—upholstered or not—was covered in nailheads? It seems we've finally seen too much of a good thing, and we're ready to retire this trend. Nailhead-trim sofas dropped 67% while nailhead dining chairs saw a 37% decrease over the same period in 2015.
ALTERNATIVE: Velvet Seating
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We've seen it on runways and in interiors everywhere—velvet is back in a major way. So before you go invest in nailhead seating, consider a sleek velvet option in a rich jewel-tone colour.
OUT: Octopus-Themed Décor
Yes, octopus-themed décor was once "a thing," but that is no longer the case. The décor accents saw a $28 decrease over the same period last year, according to Polyvore. We're willing to bet it was already pretty low on the trend scale—but we could be wrong.
ALTERNATIVE: Painterly Textiles