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Questionable 2013 Home Decor Trends

Now that 2013 is here, it’s time to talk home decor trends. While there are plenty of looks we’d love to indulge in, there are a few that should be done in moderation or maybe even skipped all together. We give you our picks for the most questionable home decor trends (and how to implement them tastefully).


We’re not a huge fan of the feather trend — pick the wrong accent piece and your decor can quickly go from beautiful to bordello. If you’re dead set on indulging in this trend, do it with some subtlety. A few peacock feathers in a centerpiece or on an outdoor wreath should do the trick. Or skip the real deal and opt for accent pillows or a duvet cover with a tasteful feather print.

Dogs and Elephants

Putting a bird on it is oh-so-2012. But 2013 is the year of the dog and the elephant. We’ll be frank, this trend conjures images of kiddie decor or cringe-worthy choices like posters of dogs playing poker and starving artist paintings of elephant herds on the savannah.  Is there a tasteful way to pull off this trend without feeling like you’re living in a baby’s room?  There just might be. If you love them, but don’t know how to use them in your decor consider talking to an interior decorator.

High-Gloss Lacquer Furniture

We’re not totally against this trend. High-gloss lacquer furniture can add a splash of retro glam to any room of the house — splash, though, is the operative word. Overload the room with too many high-gloss pieces and your home suddenly looks like Octopussy’s lair. We suggest picking a single eye-popping piece like this sweet white writing desk.


We dubbed 2013’s new found infatuation with the color blue as one of our favorite decor trends. Unfortunately, red is on our list of picks that needs to be used in moderation. An all red room strikes a strong, vampy chord that most home owners aren’t prepared to live with year round. Instead, use this bold hue in a single piece of furniture or as an accent color.
Have a 2013 home decor trend you’re not so into? Let us know in the space below.

By Megan Mostyn-Brown

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