And Another Thing - Trends that have Trended

Ok, so let’s talk about this. Of course, everyone is entitled to their opinion, and everyone has their sense of style. That being said, some design trends have outstayed their welcome, whether we liked them or not, it is time for a change. I have read similar articles on the same subject and found that there are many trends that I do not see as offensive as other designers apparently do. Nonetheless, here are a few that I do agree with.   

 

Gone the way of the fidget spinner. 

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Granite Countertops - Okay, this seemed like a good idea at the time. The style was on trend, and it is a long-lasting material that can put up with a good amount of abuse. So, for one thing, there is an issue with this material because it is so bad for the environment as it needs to be first quarried, then transported, sometimes a great distance. 

It is sometimes able to be re-purposed or recycled after demo this helps but is not always the case. Maintenance issues are also known to come up with this material. It is prone to cracking and will need to be sealed to keep its integrity. A quartz or porcelain composite material is a much better choice. You can get an updated look (there are a plethora of textures and colorways to choose from), it is not a material that needs to be mined or transported great distances as it is manufactured in a factory. 

Resin is used as a bonding agent, so it is prone to yellowing, and there will be some off-gassing, but it is also a non-porous material that is extremely stain resistant therefore very low maintenance. Porcelain Composite material such as Dekton and Neolith do not use resin as a binding agent, therefore, are not prone to yellowing in heat, can be used in indoor and outdoor applications it is super low-maintenance and virtually indestructible. Please consider these updated options for all of your present/future countertop projects. 

Urban Farmhouse-So, it started as a cute idea to mix a rustic sometimes vintage look with modern living spaces, and I suppose it was done well a couple of times but please no more!!! If you are living in a farmhouse this works, not many people do, and while the style can be adopted in other design plans, it usually does not work well. 

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It is always great to incorporate some vintage or antique pieces into your design and mixing the old with the new can be quite aesthetically pleasing. It is also an excellent option to bring warmth into the space. The problem I see, other than I am sooo sick of it, is the ubiquitous elements that have permeated its signature style. Examples include giant letters, shiplap, vintage farming equipment, and Edison bulbs. 

Edison bulbs were exciting and different for a minute but they are only suitable for decoration and why would you want the same decorative elements like everyone else. Please stop, stop conforming to this, find your style and use antique and vintage pieces that are personal to you and let you express your individuality! 

Bamboo-We thought it was a great idea! It seemed like a revolutionary product, especially for flooring. It is so readily available, super sustainable. It grows like crazy in any climate, how exciting we thought. Unfortunately, the reality was a product, while being an extremely hard surface, did not hold up well to the everyday wear and tear in even residential applications.

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Although not necessarily a fact it has been reported that bamboo flooring if it is low quality or not installed correctly is susceptible to water damage is brittle and can warp, peel and mold. It has also been reported that it is more vulnerable to scratching than a traditional hardwood floor. Much of the bamboo flooring sold in the United States is also not as Eco-Friendly as we thought it would be.

Much of the product is imported from China, and the production process in which it is made lends itself to the use of harmful chemicals that can cause health problems in humans and animals. It is much better to go with an engineered hardwood which will give you countless options for color, texture, and style and can fit into just about any type of design.

Traditional hardwood is also a long-lasting material that has stood the test of time. It will wear well, can be refinished and will often develop an attractive patina. 

Well, these are the top three interior design trends that I would like not to see anymore. As you may know, the design field is ever evolving, and new trends in material come and go. If something is popular now then in ten years you can pretty much assume that it is no longer going to be popular. But in another ten years, it will be back in a different form. So what is next? I am always excited to find out!