But of course, not everything has an evergreen appeal (literally green in some cases—how could we forget the avocado-colored appliances of the ’70s?). We asked 10 more designers across the country about the design trends they wish would disappear forever.
Contemporary art collections that have been accumulated with ears rather than eyes.
Feature walls where only one wall of a room is given a dramatic patterned treatment, ruining the spatial harmony of the interior.
Macramé! Lately it has become way too “Brooklyn” in that army-of-sameness kind of way.
Suites of furniture. For example, the dining room pieces should all work together, but not match one another. The beauty of the table, chairs, and cabinetry being complementary but not an exact match is that it will always look accumulated and never appear dated. It’s also a great way to make your interior space more personal.
Charles de Lisle
Waterfall countertops. They come across as heavy-handed Modernism and have become far too trendy.
Martyn Lawrence Bullard
There are many trends that have come and gone that I am not a fan of. However at some point, I may find that “trend” is exactly what I was looking for to inspire or complete a project. As designers, our minds should be constantly open to the old and new, trendy or untrendy. My solid advice, however, is to never follow a trend, just unknowingly make them!
While I believe their heyday is behind us, I wouldn’t mind if barn doors and accent walls were put to bed indefinitely.
Edison light bulbs. I like retro-inspired light fixtures, but the bulbs have to go.
I hate to say that any trend should disappear, because every design trend has something compelling that makes it appealing to begin with, but I’d say cute neon signs for art. Make it stop.
Two design elements that still shock me every time I see them are granite countertops and mosaic glass backsplashes…especially when I see them paired together! There are so many other cost-effective alternatives for your kitchen.