THERE IS A LOT of weird decorations going on right now. After the past two rather disturbing years, when most of us have been locked up as prisoners, I understand the urge to act. But enough is enough.
“I see what people are buying all over the country — and a lot of it is very surprising,” said Noel Fahden Briceño, vice president of merchandising at online furniture marketplace Chairish. Her company generates trend reports on items that sell within 30 days of being listed. A bestseller in June? Bubble gum colored boxes.
“Right now, 1980s pink laminate dressers sell within days of being installed,” she said. While that could easily reflect the growing interest in pastels — and the Danish pastel trend in particular — she thinks it’s because people are excited about Greta Gerwig’s highly anticipated movie “Barbie” coming out in 2023, which will see the iconic doll brought to life. come.
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“The color pink is very coveted at the moment,” said Ms. Fahden Briceño. “It’s Barbiecore for furniture.”
Since home decor trends are apparently dictated by a 63-year-old anatomically incorrect plastic doll, I decided to conduct a highly unscientific survey of half a dozen interior designers working across the country to see what other nonsense people are up to. Here are nine questionable design trends.
Low-slung, aggressively minimalist platform bed frames without headboards are ruining bedrooms across the country. Besides looking like unmoored life rafts floating between a pair of bedside tables, these sorry platform beds make it nearly impossible to read in bed. Do you have to lean your head against the wall? “Not comfortable,” says Tricia Rose, founder of textile design firm Rough Linen in San Rafael, California. “Headboards are required!” she said. “And also add a prop — that’s God’s gift to people who read, because it softens the angle between mattress and headboard.”
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Dominant televisions mounted above fireplaces overwhelm the space. “Not all the attention in a room has to be focused on a mindless box that looks like a big black rectangle that distracts you from what is often a beautiful or ornate fireplace,” says Jackie Barnes, an interior designer in Cincinnati. And from a practical point of view, “the center of a television shouldn’t be higher than 45 inches above the floor or it will start to hurt your neck to look at it,” she said.
Anyone who has fond memories of high school PE class, please raise your hand. I don’t see hands. So why embrace gym-centric gear like wall-hung toilets, the main benefit of which is making it easier for a school janitor to run a wet mop under a row of them? Likewise, why install real gym lockers in a mudroom for storage? “With lockers, the metal looks pretty hard,” says Jessica Maros, an interior designer in Dallas. And if a customer insisted on having them? “I’d say at the very least add rattan panels to the closet doors to make them feel more chic and modern — rather than like a smelly dressing room,” she said.
Too many recessed (or can) overhead lights make a ceiling look like an airport runway. “Whenever possible, I recommend using a recessed or monopoint fixture instead,” says Bethany Adams, an interior designer in Louisville, Ky. “But if you must have them, place them in a nice symmetrical grid – taking into account the locations of speakers, smoke detectors and security cameras.”
Kitschy cafe curtains hanging from copper curtain rings the size of bracelets “are just one step too much in the Grandma-Chic direction for me,” said designer Lauren Sullivan of Well x Design in Nashville, Tennessee. “It’s a nostalgic note that has limits.” The designer adds that the memory it evokes most vividly is of hole-in-the-wall restaurants looking for an economical way to make less-than-desirable items disappear behind a rimmed sink.
A ceiling painted a different color – especially a dark color – than the rest of a room is a bad idea, as it makes the room feel smaller and claustrophobic. “There’s no reason for it,” says Kathryn M. Ireland, a Los Angeles-based designer who this month launched a new online decorating course on Create Academy with tips for exercising self-control with paint. “People who use too many paint colors overcomplicate things,” she said. “It looks like you’re trying too hard.”
Book styling that makes it seem like you’re not reading is a sad chapter in any home. One of the biggest blunders is wobbly bookshelves with compartments that are extraordinarily weird angular rhomboids or hexagons, and books arranged by color to create a rainbow effect. But wait, there’s more: Too many houseplants and pictures on bookshelves is also a problem, Ms Barnes said. “When there’s no room for your eye to rest, you feel anxious — and it screams ‘This is just for show,'” she said.
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Thanks to the latest generation of high-quality fabrics that can withstand bad weather all year round, fully upholstered sofas and chairs are unfortunately becoming commonplace on patios and terraces. “But that kind of furniture belongs in a living room,” Ms. Maros said. “It doesn’t make any sense. You look at it and your brain thinks, ‘Why would I put that out?'”
The unusual shape of a curved sofa may beckon you like a foolishly raised eyebrow, but don’t be fooled. “I look at these things as novelty, and people are always struck by novelty,” Ms Ireland said, adding that “it’s much better to stick with the classics.” Curved sofas are awkward in the center of a living room because they don’t look good against a straight wall. They also don’t go well with square corner side tables, skinny console tables, or just about any surface you might place a drink or a book on.
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