Five Design Trends That Should NEVER Make a Come Back
By Nicole Casiano
Why should you pay attention to design trends? Because they are a great way to measure how styles have evolved over the years – much in the way fashions become vogue or passe. However, when we look back on those old photos Mom insists on bringing out whenever we bring a new friend home and we cringe at the site of some of the “style” choices we made, we can at least learn from our mistakes. The practical lesson here is to examine which design trends have fallen out of style so you can avoid being the person who still wears crocethed leg warmers. Not to say that there will never be a time or two that wearing said leg warmers wouldn’t be appropriate; but (hopefully) the trend will never return. Let’s take a look back at some Interior Design trends that should NEVER make a come back:
1. Faux Wood Paneling: More precisely, when it is applied floor to ceiling. This trend first became popular in the 1950′s and transcended its way through the 80′s. Don’t misinterpret – real wood paneling can be beautiful and certainly has it’s place, which was once associated with rich elegance, and can give warmth to a space. But just like any cheap knock-off, faux paneling doesn’t make the cut and moved from basements and living rooms to everything from mini-vans and station wagons to boats. This element has a dated and heavy look that does not match many of the lighter contemporary styles of today and in many cases this application can be overwhelming and even dwarf smaller rooms.
2. Carpeted Bathrooms: I can’t fathom how this was ever a popular practice. The hygiene factor alone is enough to make my skin crawl. The mere thought of what was thriving under those carpets after repetitive moisture and more (ewww!) have saturated it, is beyond disgusting and more than enough reason as to why this trend is one that should never-ever be allowed again.
3. Colored Plumbing Fixtures: This trend is beyond passe. Nothing screams Grandma’s house more than the tacky yellow, green or pink plumbing fixtures that became ever so popular in the 60′s and 70′s. This in my opinion is yet another bathroom nightmare that should never be repeated. They are gaudy and prove difficult to coordinate when your bathroom is due for renovations.
4. Matching Suites: The Industrial Revolution had a dramatic impact on Interior Design and Architecture, by increasing the prosperity of the middle class and allowing them the opportunity to change the decoration and ornamentation of their homes. Many who were unsure of how to best go about decorating chose to fill their homes with these suites that were being massed produced. Everything matched and looked similar to one another; think Sunday paper furniture ad. This is not design, design coordinates pieces, bringing elements together in a harmonious and fashionable way, not just selecting one style and repeating it on all of the furniture in your home.
5. Dysfunctional Decorating: This term was coined by legendary designer Mario Buatta and goes by many names: “it’s not done, ’til it’s over done,” ‘country clutter,” etc. While the Industrial Revolution brought about the abundance of “matchy matchy” designs, it also favored overstuffed design, where people tried to cram as many pieces of furniture, fabrics and nicknacks as possible into their homes. In an attempt to both showcase their newly found cultural interests, prosperity and status and to also demonstrate the belief that bareness in a room was poor taste. A home should not be over styled – negative space is important to give your design some relief. A home is where we live our lives and should be reflective of the people who inhabit the space and should function accordingly. While this trend may not be entirely gone just yet, it should never return once it has seen its finally days.