Design Trends: What’s off this 2021

Interior design is a great washing machine…Some trends get so popular, so trendy, so hot….That they just get dirty by overuse and lack of criterial. With time and the view from Interior Designers, these trends are renewed and released again to wear, just like clean, pristine clothes. But that requires time to complete the washing cycle. Let’s take a look to what is considered dirty, OFF now.

Mirrored Furniture

There is not half measures with Mirrored furniture. People love it or hate it, but for now, designers hate it the most. Lucite is a better alternative. Mirrored furniture had a short revival by grandmilenials, but it fell in disgrace quickly. Maybe is related to the very inconveniences of excessive mirrors, it doesn’t matter the particular style and time we are. 

Pale Monochromatic spaces

After so many years of Scandinavian imperialism,  it looks like the neutral color trend has gone too far for so long. Bold monochromatic choices are welcomed. Grey and beige are really hard to die dudes, and enhancing them with pints of color (grey + blue) is an alternative.


It looked terrific in the 1990s and they were all over the place: Homes, Airports, Malls, Hospitals. Concrete floors were extremely popular due to its versatility and its easy maintenance. Today we’ve seen enough of this trend and maybe is time for concrete to rest for a while.

Subway Tile

Another overexposed material. Subway tile, supposedly used for the first time in the NYC sub, became highly popular in the 1990s, and it still is. Indeed it became a classic for cafes, bistros, bakeries, and so on. The new trends are all about color and life, so there is not space for that boring (now) white walls.

Marble and granite

Staining or etching is a permanent risk with  marble and that makes it sometimes undesirable, especially in kitchens where it turns to be inevitable. Faux marble imitations are doing great (porcelain, plastic fiber), is less expensive and it reaches almost the same heights of beauty.

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