I posted the article on the 15 Most Hated Home Decorating Trends That Need to Die in 2017, to which I shared some of my reactions to yesterday. I got a lot of reactions from my friends, as well. If I can get permission, I’ll post some of their thoughts in the comments. Meanwhile, I’m still just bursting with thoughts on these trendy trends which are very on trend. So here are some more reactions. Feel free to add YOURS in the comments!
Ooh, this topic makes my friend list go crazy. The author of the Deadly Trends article is really not fond of granite, though she grants that some people may well like natural stone. My guess is that her issue is actually with people who insist they must put granite in every rehab or no one will buy it, even when the type of rehab really doesn’t call for stone. There is even special extra-thin granite for lower-level rehabs (I know, because we used it in one of our first rehabs and in the Villa Park casita at right).
It seems to me like an anti-granite backlash has started, judging from my friends’ reactions. Many lament how hard it is to care for. Another pointed out that it is a natural resource and may not be the most eco-friendly option. The solid-surface, antimicrobial option is very popular with my friends, and I do see that one in more and more houses–but it’s still from natural stone, and I’m not sure what resources are used to make it (but I LOVE it in my Bobcat kitchen!).
I admit that I like granite, but I’d rather have something else of comparable price instead of the cheap stuff that screams “builder grade.” I just like rocks. I always have. So my personal homes do have a lot of granite, marble, limestone, travertine stone, and my precious labradorite (not a thing for a house you plan to resell, since you won’t recoup the investment, but it sure is pretty).
Verdict: For other homes, though, I hope some new options appear that women on television can squeal about. I feel my friends’ pain.
The author warns in dire tones that there is just too much stuff out there with chevron patterns. Oh come on, these things come and go. I remember paisley, gingham, giant florals, colored camo, oh you name it. You just go buy different pillows, prints, and casual curtains when that trend is over (unless you love it, like my pansy collection). Even chevron paint is easy to remove. Chill, author, chill. (I note that she also suggested using these kinds of things in small, inexpensive doses.)
Confession: I looked all over my houses, but I guess I missed jumping on the chevron bandwagon. I’m too busy needlepointing donkeys.
I have lately begun to understand the issues people have with giant letters. I’ve visited a couple of places where I saw them every time I turned my head. It was like reading a giant book of acronyms. Perhaps if you have trouble remembering your initials, or your partner’s, they can be helpful. I don’t know when they started lighting up so you even see them in the dark, either. Well, I guess I don’t get it. For once I completely side with the grumpy ole trend hater.
Confession: I did like the giant letter on the Mary Tyler Moore show. She was ahead of her time.
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The next time I post on this (it may be a couple of days, since we DO have serious stuff to talk about), you’ll get to weigh in on both shiplap AND painted brick.