Interior Designers Share the Living-Room Trends in and Out This Season

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Scalloped edges are taking over.

A window with a white scalloped curtain above

Scalloped edges create a cozy and inviting atmosphere.
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The scalloped-edge pattern, which is made of curves typically along the edge of a fabric, adds softness, movement, and charm to a space.

According to Kropovinsky, homeowners will bring scalloped edges into the living room through sofas, chairs, rugs, and pillows.

Textured fabrics are having a major moment.

Cream bouclé chair and ottoman in living room with green arrows pointing to bouclé furniture

Bouclé is in style for the spring.
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Interior designer Molly McGinness told Insider that various textured fabrics are in style this season.

“I still see bouclé everywhere, so I don’t think that is going away, but along with that texture, great springtime trends include adding large chunky weave throws and pillows,” McGinness said.

Textured fabrics are a great way to bring the natural and organic vibe of the outdoors into the living space.

Saturated colors are the “it” look.

Bright-yellow couch in a living room

Barbiecore and saturated colors are rising in popularity.
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Muted, neutral tones have trended in recent years, but according to interior designer Beth Diana Smith, saturated colors are now rising in popularity.

“Shades of reds and pinks have increasingly gained popularity with styles such as cottagecore,” the designer said. “These shades have also been more popular as more feminine vibes have been coming to play with trends like Barbiecore.”

Smith also said that more people are leaning toward red and pinkish earth tones in addition to the usual hues of greens, browns, yellows, and oranges. 

Curved furniture is making a comeback.

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Curved couches and other decor adds interest.
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Brooke Lang, principal interior designer at Brooke Lang Design, said curved furniture, like arched couches and chairs, will appear in living rooms this season.

“Portrayed through arch-shaped elements in mirrors, lamps, chairs, and couches, the curved aesthetic can soften your living room’s overall design,” Lang said.

Lang recommends subtly incorporating curved accessories through table lamps and side tables if larger pieces aren’t your style.

The board-and-batten siding style is on the rise.

Living room with a board-and-batten design along the lower half of the walls

Board-and-batten siding is replacing shiplap.
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As shiplap has been fading out, Dan Mazzarini, principal and creative director at BHDM Design, told Insider that board-and-batten siding is taking its place.

“Moving away from shiplap, board-and-batten siding gives a modern rustic and chic effect,” Mazzarini said. “While a little more challenging to install, it’s timeless, has more architectural undulation, and creates dramatic shadows from natural light.”

On the other hand, plain living-room walls are out.

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Plain walls can look too boring in an otherwise nice space.
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Though some homeowners have left their walls plain as part of a minimalistic design, Kropovinsky said it’s a fading trend.

“Having plain walls in a living room is less inspiring than before,” Kropovinsky told Insider. “It makes the space look unfinished and bland.”

You can add color, pattern, or art to walls to make them more lively and expressive.

Matching furniture sets are falling out of favor.

A living room with two white couches and two matching chairs.

Matching furniture sets can lack creativity.
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It seems like the days of carefully coordinated furniture in the same colors, styles, and textures are gone.

“Matching sofas, chairs, and tables are now too predictable and formulaic,” Kropovinsky said. “It makes the living room look like a catalog or a showroom.”

Instead, the designer recommends mixing and matching different styles, colors, and materials to create contrast and interest.

The farmhouse style is a tired trend.

Rooster salt and pepper shakers

The farmhouse style and its rooster decor aren’t as popular as they once were.
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Though the farmhouse look emulates rustic charm, Lang said the once-popular trend is out this spring.

“Knowing that a complete overhaul of your living room may be out of budget, you can elevate your modern farmhouse aesthetic by removing any text-centric wall hangings from your frames and replacing them with vintage oil-painting prints,” Lang told Insider.

Bulky furniture is outdated.

Large gray couch in a mainly gray living room with a red arrow and X pointing to couch

Large, oversized couches are fading out.
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According to Lang, bulky, chunky furniture will be replaced by newer, more space-friendly styles.

“The Chesterfield sofa, and similar bulky styles, are clunky, heavy, outdated, and can often disrupt your living room design as they take up too much space,” the designer said.

Lang recommends going for something that provides more flow to the living room, like an arched sofa, instead.


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