"I'm growing weary of mid-century pieces used out of context," designer Scot Meacham Wood says. "As someone living on the west coast, we seem to be completely inundated with pieces from that period and that 1950s kitsch gets on my nerves." Instead, he prefers furnishings from the mid-1800s.
"I love a good natural hide shape rug like anyone else, however it's time to skip the skin!" says designer Francesco Bilotto. "You can still get a similar chic look with a kilim or jute area rug." Which is safer, too, since cowhide might offend some guests.
In Bilotto's opinion, light bulbs are meant to be covered by a shade — end of story. "Time and time again I see people placing Edison bulbs in lamps that were not designed to have them," he says.
"Yes, they are cute and super easy to care for, but the power of a flower still reigns supreme," Bilotto says. Supplement your windowsills or centerpieces with fresh blooms to add a pop of color to your room.
"Industrial-looking or burnished metals have had their day," says designer Warren Sheets. He recommends shiny, warm metals like bronze and gold instead, which are having a moment and will help lend elegance to your space.
Even though Bilotto understands the vision (mom can cook, kids can play), he says it's possible to take this trend too far. "You may actually lose space inside your home by eliminating places to hang art work, place furniture and create privacy," he says.
Or posters with feel-good sayings. "Time to scrap the framed quote posters and opt for actual canvas art or photography," says Bilotto. "And let's keep the cute sayings to your greeting cards."
"While it's great to have a period piece as your starting off point, it's more aesthetically intriguing to create a look that cohesively mixes elements from the past and the future," Sheets says. So statements (versus an entire room of antiques) is the way to go.
"Oversized furniture not only serves to overwhelm, but they have become an inefficient use of space," Sheets says. If you're tempted to pick out a giant chair you can curl up in, he points out that an appropriately-scaled piece will make your home feel bigger.