Brass is back, accent walls are back, ginger jars are back, heck even Batman is back, but some design trends are better left in the past. In this cyclical industry that is the interior design world, we expect trends to come and go. But here at Tastefully Inspired, we have compiled the top three design trends we hope never make it back to the present. In fact, we are not sure how they became trends in the first place.
Mark’s Pick: Mismatched Cabinets
Don’t get me started on the idea of having mismatched anything. Also I have no idea if this was a past trend but it was in my house. If you are reading this mom I am so sorry. In fact I am blaming this one on my anger after watching the debate. Not to mention it kind of looks like a hobbit’s house. As Mark takes a deep breath….he remembers that some of our readers might like this trend. If you like this trend I salute you and as I always say go with your gut.
Angela’s Pick: Anaglypta Wallpaper
Anaglypta Wallpaper is something I have hated since childhood; the only thing I enjoyed about this was the fact that you can make patterns in the embossed paper with your nails. In my opinion, it’s up there with wood chip wallpaper as one of the worst decorating ideas in history! The laziest way to decorate. What was the thought process behind making this mistake?
This is pretty much how I see this trend…
Let’s choose a headache inducing pattern, then paint it year after year with multiple coats of various shades of white ‘with a hint of…’ emulsion until its so thick and solid that it peels off like ply wood!
Thank goodness wallpaper has come such a long way since then!
Karina’s Pick: Sunken Living Rooms
I think I was around 12 years old when I saw my first sunken living room. It kind of reminded me of an underground pool with no water, but at the time it was rare to see them, which made them tantalizingly unique.
Aside from not being ADA compliant, these living rooms are dangerous for small children, as well as, guests who have had one too many glasses of Merlot. In general, sunken living rooms can be difficult to furnish, which explains why they are often fit with custom-made furniture. While they are conducive to conversation, they aren’t suitable for that coveted open concept living or for worry-free circulation.
About two years ago, the sunken living room trend started to gain some traction. Fortunately, it never really took off and hopefully it stays that way.
Trends are a great way to keep interior design fresh and updated, but sometimes trends go way too far. In our opinion, mismatched cabinets, anaglypta wallpaper and sunken living rooms are just a few of the ones that should stay well in the past.