5 Outdated Home Décor Trends to Rethink in 2022 – Camille Styles

Plus 2022-approved swaps.
By Stacey Lindsay
Our homes are one of the many parts of our lives where we can express our unique tastes. Within the walls where we eat, laugh, cry, work, nurture, grow, and sleep is a space that’s ours to create. Shift the furniture around. Color the walls. Hang wild art and display keepsake mementos. As I see it, the only mandate when decorating our homes is that we adhere to what we truly love—even if that means leaning into or avoiding any of these outdated home décor trends for 2022.
Yep, there’s the crutch: There are décor elements that go by the wayside. Ask any interior designer “what’s a look that you’re so over?” and they’ll likely pause and say something like, “I’d be thrilled to never see [fill in the blank] in a living room again.”
It makes sense, given that we’re often shifting and calculating what we wear to match the latest sartorial breeze. Our homes are just as subject to fall into a dated crutch. But what exactly are those snags? I asked three design experts for their take on the top outdated décor trends to reconsider in 2022. While some of their answers surprised me, all of them got me excited to shift, paint, and even donate a few things.
But just like any “rule,” these are meant to be broken. Take from here what speaks to you and leave the rest. It’s your home. Heck, I still pair my skinny jeans with all the “wrong” footwear—and I love it.
Feature image courtesy of Liana Levi.
Here’s a sobering fact: The EPA estimates that Americans generated more than 12 million tons of furniture waste in 2018 (the most recent year reported), nearly 10 million tons of which went to landfill. That’s reason enough to live with less. And it’s inspiration to rethink mass-produced, poor quality furniture items, believes interior designer Liz Lipkin. We’re likely to ditch the fast-and-quick pieces in a few years, “because they don’t hold up, or they become outdated,” she says. 
Consider Swapping for: Vintage
Image courtesy of Hayley Pannekoecke of Kip&Co.
The next time you’re considering that super cheap coffee table, take a beat. Lipkin suggests going vintage and antique shopping. “In addition to having more character and being a lot more fun to shop for, antique furniture was built to last. Buying vintage saves money in the long run and reduces your environmental impact.” This is a total win-win.
There is an undeniable freshness to an all-white space. Clean and neutral, it’s a palette that complements any and all décor inclusions. Yet, washing every wall in this hue is playing safe these days, say Lyndsey Scott and Wendy Robinson, co-founders and principals of How We Haven. “All-white kitchens can feel very sterile and flat,” believes Scott. “Having little diversity and void of personality, they lack the ability to evoke an inspiring emotion.”
Consider Swapping for: Mix Tones
Photo by Danae Horst.
The fix? Let the rainbow shine in this room. The same goes for different materials and finishes. “Right now, we are seeing a lot of mixed-toned kitchens,” Robinson tells me. “A blending of white and colored cabinets with wood islands creates more interest with the texture and color.”
There was a time when I would have put shiplap on every wall. The look is textured, inviting, and warm. Of course, it still is, however more contemporary options warrant a look today. “Shiplap is overdone,” say Scott and Robinson. It’s been too many places and graced too many surfaces.
Consider Swapping for: Vertical Lines
Photo by Nikole Ramsay.
For a current and refreshed vibe, Scott and Robinson believe you don’t have to totally part from shiplap. Flip it—literally. Install it vertically. Doing so brings the eye upward, making a space feel more expansive. The design duo also recommends trying a slat wall as another way to add some depth.
I love a good reminder. Something that marks where I am or nudges me how to feel. (You know the ol’ lipstick-on-the-mirror affirmation? It’s still a winner, in my book.) But the hanging of certain phrases in the home needs a rethink, say Scott and Robinson. “You don’t need a sign to tell you that you are in the kitchen or the bathroom,” implores Scott, who believes all farmhouse decor is gently fading.
Consider Swapping for: European Farmhouse Aesthetic
Photo courtesy of Las Perelli.
Now, this is not to be confused with the more global rustic look. According to Robinson, European farmhouse style, which boasts vintage furniture, patinaed tables, utilitarian pieces, and lots of books, is “on-trend right now.”
Is it non-committal? A partial fix? A quick dose of décor interest? Whatever the accent wall is to you, Lipkin says it’s time to “put it behind us.” That’s right. Confining a gorgeous color to only one dimension limits its potential and is very in the past, believes the designer.
Consider Swapping for: Coloring Every Wall
Photo by Molly Winters.
If you have a proclivity to wash only one wall in a color, consider all the others walls. “It’s time to level up and give the whole room the attention it deserves,” says Lipkin. Painting an entire room completely transforms the look, feel, and total vibe of a space. So does wallpaper, continues Lipkin. “If you love it, set it free on all four walls.”
What décor trends are you ready to leave in the past?
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How I wish I did not do an entirely white kitchen. Mine is small so I feel like it was a good move for my small apartment. But now I’m debating updating the backsplash or something fun!
Consider stick on “tile” backsplash peel and stick. Fun and not permanent. Nice lift of color.
Google tile stickers with your dimensions for an inexpensive and temporary solution. I added a pattern to my white tile backsplash 14 years ago—that I still enjoy!.
I don’t want to turn my back on the stove to access the sink and I don’t want to cook in the den or living area. Give me walls.and get rid of those hard tile floors.
I’d like to leave minimalism behind. Any room that looks like the aesthetic will be completely destroyed if you happen to set a colorful mug or book on the coffee table is TOO minimal. I do have to fight against my maximalist tendencies, but surely there’s a happy medium where a more sparse room still looks warm and lived in.
I enjoyed this post and agree with most of the points, especially #1.
I’ve read a similar approach to all white kitchens many times over the years. But white kitchens always come back. Every single time. Color in a kitchen might look fresh and new compared to all white every few years, but will hurt your eyes when the inevitable exit occurs (re: harvest gold, avocado green, yikes!) Investing in color in a kitchen should be limited to less expensive areas – certainly not cabinets because you will eventually need to change it. It will go out of style. Just about the time you finish paying for those bright blue cabinets.
An even more appealing way to honor the environment would be to stop redecorating every time a trend comes around, or goes away. Find your own unique style that fits your personality and home. Then deep dive into THAT. My home has changed over the years, but the basics are still there. The colors that I love, the artwork I’ve collected over years that are markers on the trail of my life, photos, plants, objects that are infused with meaning. Yes, the carpets were changed, lighting updated (keeping some of the vintage fixtures), bath vanities updated, furniture replaced as needed, but the overall aesthetic has remained the same. And everyone who comes into my little house tells me what a nice home I have, how much they love it. It’s not about trends, it’s about authenticity, the story that a home can tell, and the feeling you have when you’re in it.
My thought is if you like it and are happy with it, then who cares what others think. I mean it’s you and your family who has to live there. So, the opinion of others shouldn’t hold no bearing. Just my thought.
Happy decorating!
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