Which design trends should you ditch or adopt?

McClatchy-Tribune Information Services

Why should your health, bank account or relationships get all your resolutions’ attention?

It’s a perfect time to try something new in your home, too. But that means saying goodbye to trends that have overstayed their welcome.

PUSH THE BAR CARTS ASIDE FOR A BAR CABINET

Flann Harris and Tiffany Taylor

Scout Design Studio, Dallas

The bar cart has had its day. Now it’s the bar cabinet’s turn, says the team behind Scout Design Studio.

A bar cabinet makes a bigger statement and is less of an accessory in a room, they say.

Create even more excitement by featuring unusual hardware or a bold color, says Tiffany Taylor.

"An essential for entertaining, a bar cabinet is not only the place where the party starts but also an opportunity to showcase your style and personality," she says.

Store liquor inside and utilize the top for pretty stemware and fun accessories. Hang artwork above the cabinet to create an interesting scene in your home.

BASIC OFFICES MAKE WAY FOR STYLISH STUDIES

Abbe Fenimore

Studio Ten 25, Dallas

As the number of people working from home grows, so does the need to ditch the sofa setup and create a true, and chic, work space, says Dallas designer Abbe Fenimore.

"The basic white parsons desk is making room for pieces that are bold and beautiful," she says.

She suggests introducing bold floral prints or animal hide accents and pairing rich wood tones with acrylic accents.

CLOSING THE DOOR ON STANDARD CABINETRY

Emily Sheehan Hewett

A Well Dressed Home, Dallas

No matter your style, open shelving is the way to go in kitchens, says Emily Hewett.

"We expect to see more of it in 2016, as it is a dramatic, and often unexpected, way to display coordinating dishes, cookbooks and even small appliances," she says.

The alternative to standard cabinetry can also help open up smaller kitchens.

"And let’s be honest, it forces us to stay organized," says Hewett, who has open shelving in her home.

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