Design Rules to Break for 2018An interior by Richmond, Virginia-based Suellen Gregory.

The beginning of a new year is the perfect time to revisit design trends and “rules” of the past and decide which ones are in need of a refresh. To help us sort through what to ignore and what to embrace in 2018, we asked a few talented (and trendsetting) interior designers across the country to share their thoughts on what should go out with the old and in with the new. Here are their interior design ideas to try in the coming year:

Find new ways to display art. “​Art is so important in interior design, but I like to break the rule that says art has to hang on the wall. I love art that is leaning, that is stacked on a mantel, and that hangs in front of a bookcase or a window. Let your imagination run wild and hang art where it looks great—regardless of whether it’s a wall or not!” —Suellen Gregory of Suellen Gregory Interior Design in Richmond, Virginia

Say goodbye to the all-white kitchen. “It’s time to move away from the stark white kitchen. Black kitchens are making a big impact right now with gorgeous, matte finished cabinets and shiny countertops. I also love doing a deep blue-green for the island, like Sherwin Williams Oceanside. Then you can really showcase your personality with hardware and light fixtures.” —Cheryl Stauffer of Crimson Design Group in Columbus, Ohio

It’s okay to keep it personal. “There’s been a big emphasis on minimalism as of late. Decluttering is great, but don’t toss out the baby pictures with the bath water. While we all aspire to have ‘magazine-worthy’ homes, personal items and memorabilia such as photographs are the things that bring us joy, remind us of those we love, and warm our hearts and homes. Keep those cherished photographs around, and maybe even think about getting them off your phone, printing them out, and framing a few more.” —Amanda Nisbet of Amanda Nisbet Design in Richmond, Virginia

Move away from an open floor plan. “We’d love to see a lot less of open floor plans. Although the concept is great for gathering with the family, it becomes difficult for spaces to have individual design identity. Additionally, because of so much togetherness due to the open floor plan concept, we are finding more demand for lady lounges, she sheds, and man caves, which does open up a whole new world of design opportunities.” —Penny Francis and Casi St. Julian of Eclectic Home in New Orleans, Louisiana

Redefine modern. “You can decide what modern means to you. It doesn’t have to be defined by a contemporary room, object, or piece of furniture. It’s an attitude. You can be modern by creating a spare environment and mixing in clean, classic objects.” —Michael Aiduss of Michael Aiduss Interiors + Architecture in Northern New Jersey

Forget about the perfect match. “For a long time we’ve been married to this idea that everything has to match — especially in metals. Now we’re seeing this lovely marriage of brass, gold, and silver hardware all playing together throughout homes, but especially in kitchens and bathrooms. One caveat: go matte with your finish to tie all your hardware together. The variety is so freeing.” —Cheryl Stauffer of Crimson Design Group in Columbus, Ohio

Inject jewel tones into your abode. “It’s time to move away from all-white walls and furnishings. Jewel tones are going to make a big splash in 2018, from paint color to upholstery. Adding these rich hues to your space creates a rich and sultry environment that begs for lingering.” —Penny Francis and Casi St. Julian of Eclectic Home in New Orleans, Louisiana

Rethink your antiques. “If you’ve fallen out of love with an antique, invest in making an old classic the hip new guy on the block by giving it facelift. Paint an old chest black for a dramatic look. Or look to your favorite new color as your muse and use it to update a table. If you’re feeling inspired, you can DIY a project or hire out a pro. Keep in mind that antique furniture is better crafted than most mass market furniture today, so investing in a little TLC will go a long way.” —Michael Aiduss of Michael Aiduss Interiors + Architecture in Northern New Jersey