|Like Totally '80s|
I've been talking a a lot lately about bad trends. Bad trends in interiors that is. A reporter asked me to rattle off some examples of what I consider to be bad trends last week and I rattled off about 10 things without really thinking about it.
It started me thinking. What makes a bad trend? And is there really such a thing?
|Hey kids! Let's make our character-less McMansion look like |
a one room schoolhouse!
Well, yes there is such a thing as a bad trend. It's usually not the trend though, it's almost always the expression of the trend.
|Duck, dodge and cover.|
Timelessness is a myth. It is impossible to create a room or a home today and have it be anything but right now. You can do a revival. There's a Belgian revival and an Edwardian revival going on right now, but each of those things is a 2010 interpretation of those eras. Exact replicas would be unlivable. How do you put surround sound in an authentic, old Belgian living room? Where do you put two dishwashers and a wine chiller in an Edwardian kitchen?
|Up, up and away in my beautiful, my beautiful balloon.|
Times change, people change, life changes. That's a good thing.
|I feel like I'm in a palazzo right on the Grand Canal.|
So what can you do to keep a room or a home from looking dated? Well, I say there's nothing you can do to keep a room from looking dated. The key is to make it look good as it ages.
|It's a tabletop fountain!|
I say that it's not the trend itself, it's the execution. The problem's not that turquoise has been proclaimed the It color of 2010, it's uninspired turquoise paint jobs.
|It's the color of the year so it has to look good. Right?|
The problem's not faux finishes, it's faux finishes devoid of logic, context or skill.
|The only l'oeil being trompe-d here is the one belonging to the poor soul |
who paid for this mess.
What do you think? In looking over the interwebs and the design press (what's left of it) today, what's a bad trend? Is there anything to my idea about it being a matter of execution or are there some things that are just bad trends?
|Somebody knows how to use an orbital sander.|
|A troika of bad taste --Baltic Brown granite, commodity tumbled marble tile and honey oak cabinetry. Wait, there's a wall plaque with some pablum written on it. What's Russian for a collection of four?|