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Out with the Old, In with the New
2018 is well underway — time for these 5 decorating trends from 2017 to be replaced

BY ERIK J. MARTIN
CTW FEATURES

In the world of home design, there’s no dirtier word than passé. It’s a term that signifies something is past its prime and destined for the dustbin of décor history (or at least for a few years until it probably comes back in vogue).

Now that 2018 is full steam ahead, many home interior experts are eager to suggest fresh and exciting ways for homeowners to reimagine their living spaces. Problem is, many of their clientele are still smitten with design trends that were all the rage last year. It’s time to move on, say the pros.

“Trends come and go quickly because people’s tastes change,” says Tracy Stern, the founder of New York City-based T&T Design. “It’s important to replace outdated styles in your home so that you feel inspired.”

There’s another essential reason to keep up with the latest home design drifts, too.

“For the resale value of your home to stay on par, it’s crucial to keep styles and décor current,” Matthew Rosenberg, owner of M-Rad Architecture and Design in Los Angeles, says.

And no better time than the present.

“I like making changes at the beginning of the year, because it means starting the year fresh and new,” says Michael A. Menn, architect/principal with Northbrook, Ill.- headquartered Michael Menn, Ltd. He adds that it’s never too late to make a New Year’s resolution to update key areas of your home.

Here are 5 decorating trends that should have died when 2017 expired, and 5 better ideas for 2018:

Out — white walls. Both Sherwin Williams and Benjamin Moore select shades of white for their “color of the year” in 2016, and the inclination toward ivory continued into 2017. “But once there’s no color to look at on the wall, you have to find interest elsewhere. Now, this look has become too impersonal,” says