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9 living room trends that failed to make an impact this year

Interior designers have identified nine living room trends that failed to make an impact this year, and likely won't stick around for 2024.

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1. "Barbiecore" is fading: Designers like Kristina Phillips, from Kristina Phillips Interior Design, advise against the use of bubblegum pink in living spaces, suggesting that the trend inspired by the Barbie movie hype feels outdated and overly sweet.

2. Curvy furniture in excess loses its elegance: Although curved pieces have been popular, too many curvy accessories can create chaos in living rooms, according to Phillips.

3. "Grandmillennial" style overload: This trend, which merges modern aesthetics with older design elements, can quickly become messy with excessive fabric and traditional features.

4. Neutral colour palettes can lack depth: Monochromatic schemes in neutral colours may appear unimaginative and dull, according to interior designer Rudolph Diesel.

5. Rattan overuse: While rattan furniture is popular in bohemian designs, overloading a space with rattan pieces can hint at a lack of imagination and material overwhelm, as stated by Diesel.

6. Terrazzo flooring is impractical: Soledad Alzaga, an interior designer, suggests that terrazzo flooring is expensive, not versatile, cold, slippery, and permanent, making it unsuitable for living spaces.

7. Open floor plans lack practicality: According to Artem Kropovinsky, founder of Arsight, the trend of completely open floor plans overlooks the need for cosiness, noise reduction, and energy efficiency.

8. The reign of all-white spaces is fading: Lead interior designer Joyce Huston from Decorilla Online Interior Design noted a shift towards more vibrant colours like reds, oranges, blues, and magentas as clients desire more self-expression in their living rooms.

9. Minimalism is out of favour: Huston also mentioned that warmer, cosier spaces are preferred over bare, minimalist ones. Clients are opting for textured, colourful, and inviting rooms, with some even embracing maximalist styles.


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