Writer and director Frank Capra once said, “Don’t follow trends, start trends.” But in the design world, there are so many great fads that we can’t help but jump on the bandwagon. Yes, trends come and go, but there are a bunch of them we hope return, stat.
To kickstart some serious design inspo—and help you stay ahead of the trends—eight designers share the fads they hope make a comeback.
1. Beautiful Borders
“Wallpaper borders! I am currently using them in a few projects. I like to fully outline a space, adding the border below the crown, along the corners of a room, above the baseboard, and around any window or door casing. It’s a great way to add another detail to a space. I love Cole & Son’s Zellige Border by Martyn Lawrence Bullard .” —MA Allen, interior designer
2. Floor to Ceiling Kitchen Wallpaper
“My grandmother has an incredibly memorable kitchen with wallpapered walls and ceiling. The vibrant red and white floral pattern is the backdrop to numerous memories of wonderful family meals and conversations. I’d love to see wallpaper pop up again in kitchens. Why not go for big visual impact in the room that is the heart of the home?” —Emilie Munroe, interior designer
3. Seventies Revival
“I can’t get enough of the ’70s. Please bring back every bold ogee pattern! The interesting thing about bringing past trends back is we get to mash them up with another era. How about some ’70s mixed with chinoiserie? Unexpected yet totally beautiful.” —Ghislaine Viñas, interior designer
4. Make it Memphis
“We haven’t fully experienced the acid-toned interiors and bold designs that were staples of the Memphis Design Movement, created by the likes of the Memphis Group, Verner Panton, and Gufram. They all spearheaded the use of vibrant colors and modern materiality within interiors during the 1980s and 1990s. It worked hand in hand with the cultural and technological advancements of the period and, as we approach another digital epoch, feels fitting again. My mother was an early adopter and I remember growing up marveling at her ‘Oceanic’ lamp by Michele De Lucchi sitting atop her Louis Quinze Rococo sideboard and thinking the juxtaposition worked perfectly.” —Martin Brudnizki, interior designer
5. Citizen Caned
“Caned furniture is making a comeback! We love adding this to our modern and contemporary material schemes. It has a strong retro feel, but we love using it in a contemporary setting. It’s rich in history and keeps a space welcoming, neutral, and casual.” —Xandro Aventajado, co-founder and creative director of Current Interiors
6. Gilded Age
“While partially aloof to trends, we recognize that Mid-Century Modern has had its day. I would love to see this trend replaced by 18th and 19th century French and English antiques. It’s fresh to see these styles interpreted in a new setting, contemporary or otherwise. An antique gilt-framed mirror over a sleek, modern console is so chic!” —Caleb Anderson, co-founder of Drake/Anderson
7. Gettin’ Geometric
“One trend that’s making its way back to the design scene is bold geometric prints. I like to do geometrics in a way that feel funky yet elevated. Cool colors like cream and shades of blue are perfect for this kind of design.” —Anne Hepfer, interior designer
8. Psychedelic Seating
“I would love to see the return of alternative or installed seating that was big in the ’70s. They can be really chic and set a home apart from the cookie cutter pieces that have become so clichéd in design.” –Susan Petrie, owner of Petrie Point Designs
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