The trouble with outdated trends lists is that they so often get it wrong. Or, to be more specific, they focus on a tiny element of an older trend and then declare it’s wrong and “prove” it by showing an old, dated, version of that design detail. I’ve even been quoted in similar articles, including this one in Elle Decor titled Twelve Colors Designers Wish They Could Stop Using. So, while I said I was a little over beige and gray, there are fine details of why this is which often get lost. I posted a followup “Why I don’t like beige and gray” here which explained exactly what I was talking about. The real problem with these articles is that they aren’t particularly thoughtful which leaves the reader feeling like they are old and outdated because they might like that specific element. And nobody likes that feeling!
So, when I came across this article on Elle Decor 30 Outdated Design Trends We Hope Never Come Back I was intrigued by what they came up with. All I can say is, please, just stop. Or, at least, be a little more discerning in your declarations!
I’ve picked 5 of their outdated trends picks which I wholeheartedly disagree with.
No greenhouse interiors!
So, the writers are correct that ferns became a somewhat overused element at one point, it’s not exactly right to suggest that too many plants should be left for the greenhouse. Cosmo magazine seems to agree with their article “Ways to use plants to make your home look lovely“. This is where I found the following lovely image:
Sadly, I have a black thumb, so I’d never have so many beautiful, healthy, plants in my house. Moving on…
Ban the rattan!
Really? Rattans and wickers are having a huge moment right now. The Reese Witherspoon movie Home Again featured lots of easy breezy and updated rattans.
This lovely pink bedroom above, from Amber Interior Design, is another example of just how fresh this trend really is.
No Mad Plaid!
Oh come on! Plaid, like toile, has it’s ups and downs, but it should never be on an outdated trends list. It’s a classic, classics are never out.
House Beautiful doesn’t seem to have a problem with plaids.
No fake flowers!
Okay, so the thing with artificial flowers and plants was always that they tended to sit too long (years) and become faded and dusty. Even faux has a life limit.
This is a recent article in The Washington Post. Ironically, this is one of the quotes in the article “There is a place for faux flowers today,” says Whitney Robinson, editor in chief of Elle Decor. “They are essentially copies of what you would buy fresh.” Oops. Get your stories straight people!
Tufted Headboards Aren’t Glam?
Click here to see the lovely image of a bedroom with a tufted headboard that the writers feel is outdated. (I can’t show the image because the referenced source is known to levy hefty fines on anyone who uses their images without permission. They got me once before, better safe than sorry, no?)
I’m pretty sure tufted headboards have never, ever, been out. They are a classic classic. (hmmm, note to self – write a blog post on just what is a Classic Classic).
How beautiful is this bedroom? The fresh styling and luxe silk bedding, the wallpaper – it all works for me and is certainly an updated, modern glam look.
And that’s pretty much the takeaway. It’s not the specific design element, it’s all in the execution. If you love your granny chic – rocking chair out baby! Just do it in a more modern way, fresher colors, or what have you. And don’t let anyone – even me – tell you you should kick something you love to the curb.
What’s one of your favorite “outdated trends”?
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