The year is just over a month old and there’s plenty of talk about what’s coming in home design for 2016. From black stainless steel to built-in sous vide cookers, unusual choices abound for those who must be on trend.
But what about the flip side of the coin? The once must-haves that are now — sometimes thankfully, sometimes inexplicably — less appealing than that Christmas cake hiding in the back of your fridge.
The information was gleaned over the past few months from interviews with interior designers and home-decor retailers. Trend-spotting websites such as Houzz are also full of opinions about what’s hot and what’s not.
Chalkboard walls: Recently they’ve been everywhere — offices, wine bars, your neighbourhood latte lounge — but there’s a big problem with chalkboard walls. People can erase the stuff! And anybody with a piece of chalk can, well ... express himself in any way he wants. Let’s keep chalkboards where they belong: in classrooms (or at least classroom sets for movies depicting the 1950s).
Edison bulbs: They’re being sold at Ace Hardware now. I rest my case.
Faceted shapes in furniture and home decor: Beloved by modernism-loving designers, mathematicians and fans of M.C. Escher, polyhedrons are giving way to softer, more natural-looking shapes this year.
Industrial chic: Tired of sitting on a metal stool that looks like it came from a Soviet tank-assembly plant and drinking your $18 cocktail out of a battered Mason jar on a bar-top made out of rough-hewn concrete? So am I.
Midcentury modern ideological purity: A lot of people who pursued their midcentury modern passion to the edge of sanity have discovered it causes some vexing problems. Where do I put my keys in a home that’s as smooth and unblemished as the monolith in Kubrick’s “2001”? How practical is a butterfly roof in a rainstorm? Where’s the private “me” corner in an open floor plan? The look is now being blended into a larger, more heterogeneous mosaic, befitting the average person’s multiplicity of tastes.
Overdecorated rooms: One reason Tuscan style has peaked in Orange County is the feeling that rooms have become overstuffed with a surfeit of faux-Continental ornaments and frou-frou. Some Tuscan-style homes began to look like sets for Valentino movies. If there are so many pillows on your couch that people can’t sit down, then you’re overdecorating. Simplicity is making a comeback, but that doesn’t mean you have to resort to a naked Bauhaus box. Just choose your accessories carefully and make sure they’re meaningful. Pasha pillows and cornices that look like they got ripped from the ceiling of some state legislature no longer have a place in the tasteful modern home.
Non-colour design schemes: Though it’s popular in tract-home models and spec properties (the idea being that you can’t offend anyone if you don’t choose a colour), the white/gray/beige/straw look gets old mighty fast if you have to live with it. This monochromatic murkiness might be the reason Pantone chose a warm pink and seductive blue as its colours of the year.
Recycled wood: This look is still popular in the restaurant and retail realms, but in the home a little goes a long way, and designers have pushed the envelope too far. Headboards made of untreated, unsanded wood? Better have some tweezers handy for all the splinters.
White kitchens: They’ve been hot for several years, but I’ve heard more than one interior designer grumble that she misses colours. Really, your kitchen shouldn’t have to depend on spilled spaghetti sauce to alleviate the visual boredom.
Content courtesy of http://www.thestar.com
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