Interior Trends: What’s In, What’s Out?

Discover what’s popular in the world of interiors according to area designers
Design by Prospect Refuge Studio

Photo by Wing Ho

British writer and textile designer William Morris once famously said, “Have nothing in your home that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” Interior design trends are followed more than ever these days (thanks to platforms like TikTok and Instagram), and while weaving them into your home can create a fresh and current look, at the end of the day, you can stick to whatever you “believe to be beautiful,” even if it’s out. But perhaps following decor trends makes you genuinely happy, or maybe you’re just downright curious. Whatever the case may be, we’ve compiled some styles that are trending upward and downward according to recent research and surveys, as well as the insight of local designers. Here’s what they’re saying about the latest, and not-so-greatest, interior design trends.

What’s In

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Even though it had its beginnings several decades ago, modern design continues to reign supreme. For instance, when it comes to midcentury modernism, Amy Haglin of Amy E. Haglin Interior Design says, “Mod is in when you layer the look with additional clean-line items.” And Principal Interior Designer and CEO Danielle Loven of Vivid Home believes mid-mod styles to be “timeless” and “very current in Minneapolis.”

Then there’s Scandinavian modernism—picture a sleeker version of IKEA at a higher price point. Although interior designer Kimberly Niosi believes this trend has met “critical mass” and has achieved “oversaturation,” it does continue to resonate with those seeking comfort, coziness, and simplicity in their homes.

Meanwhile, monochromatic schemes, which often have a decidedly modern feel, “continue to be a popular choice for creating sophisticated and cohesive interiors,” according to Niosi.

As a form of juxtaposition, both minimalism and maximalism continue to be on trend. “While minimalism often prioritizes clean lines and uncluttered spaces, maximalism can perhaps offer a sense of warmth and intimacy through layered textures, bold colors, and soft furnishings, as well as curated collections,” Niosi reflects. Victoria Sass, owner of Prospect Refuge Studio, refers to these design styles as her favorite “yin and yang.” She advises, “For a fresh take on either, consider incorporating some philosophies from one concept into the other.”

Biophilic design, which seeks to connect us to the natural world, is also quite beloved these days. Niosi says, “Overall, floral and plant motifs in interior design continue on an upward trend, driven by the appreciation for nature-inspired elements.” Loven agrees, explaining how these motifs are “very in” and can be spotted on fabrics, wallpaper, and artwork.

Meanwhile, Loven thinks the “Urban Aunt” aesthetic, which derives inspiration from movie portrayals of hip, city-dweller aunts, is “amazing” and exudes “cool vibes.” (Think exposed brick, modern lighting, and layered rugs.) Additionally, the “Old Money” look “offers a masculine, ’80s-inspired style,” as Loven says. “The dark, rich colors, plaid patterns, and traditional design elements evoke a sense of nostalgia for a time of cigars, whiskey, and timeless sophistication.”

What’s Out

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Rustic themes, pulled from cabins of yore, have had their day in the sun, and instead, Haglin recommends a nonliteral “modern rustic” interpretation that uses raw and natural materials. “Cottagecore,” a trend full of sweet flowers and chipped furniture, also derives its visuals from simpler times. The trend can be associated with “overly fussy and frilly decor,” which Niosi says is out.

Throwback trends like brutalism—a modern decor style that emphasizes metals and sharp edges—“is not even relevant right now” Loven says, noting that she doesn’t see a lot of it in today’s residential designs. But on the flip side, Haglin says brutalism is indeed in, stating, “It’s making a comeback from the 1950s, adding glass and wood to soften the sculptural look.”

Another bygone trend that might be saying goodbye is neoclassicism, but Haglin believes she’s actually seeing a “resurgence” in the look with arched doorways and barrel ceilings. Meanwhile, Loven sees geometric motifs “going away,” but if you still love shapely decor, Haglin suggests sticking to one shape throughout the room “so your eye isn’t bouncing around.”

Butterfly and insect designs have dropped in popularity as well. Designers aren’t using these motifs nearly as often in their designs, but as Loven says, “For the right room, it’s so much fun and can work in the right area.”

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