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Home Decor Trends to Retire

Trends come and trends go, but there are a few of them that have been hanging around well past their prime. We list a few trends that we need to bid adieu to ASAP. Enough already!


There seems to be no letup in the love for Indian kitsch. Bollywood memorabilia, street art, metal and wood trunks, tiffin boxes, chai glass holders, chai kettles and household objects for everyday use have been happily repurposed as bright and blingy décor products for a couple of decades now.


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Andy Warhol may have given a variety of celebrities more than their 15 minutes of fame, but we’ve had enough of celeb faces popping out at us unexpectedly in home décor. Can we take a break from Warholised prints of Liz Taylor, Audrey Hepburn, Che Guevara, Michael Jackson, and – closer home – Madhubala, Dilip Kumar and Amitabh Bachchan?


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These feathered friends – in myriad shapes, forms, or colours – have perched everywhere: Cookie jars, bed linen, tins, salt and pepper shakers, decals, even wallpaper. On pillows, tables, mantels. As lamps, candles, bric-a-brac. On stationery, drinking glasses, napkins. Done to death, or what?


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The word is traced to the French word “ombrer”, which means “to shade”. The Merriam Webster Dictionary defines it as “having colors that shade into each other – used especially of fabrics in which the color is graduated from light to dark.” In recent times, ombre has taken over many modern homes via painted furniture, art, bedding, and accessories like shades, lamps, lampshades, and rugs. Perhaps the hairdressers will fare better with this trend this year.


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There’s a lot to be said for the power of the written word, but not when it’s plastered across a room. Uplifting quotes, pearls of wisdom, silly messages, smart-alecky idioms, we’ve been there, done that. So many, many times.


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This metal – be it antiqued, matt or shiny – has been the mainstay of many a home décor trend. Bed posts, railings, lamps, knobs , faucets and other hardware – there seems to be no getting away from brass. What say we make friends with a new metal? The on-trend copper, may be?


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