We’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback on my posts on 15 Most Hated Home Decorating Trends That Need to Die in 2017! Thanks. Today we hit some of the biggies. I want to know if you love or hate these decorating trends! I also welcome your thoughts on the need for being totally “on trend” with every renovation. Must we? Does every house need to look exactly alike? Some of our mentors insist on doing each house with the same “modern” elements. Is this good?
Of course shiplap is on the list or trends that must go down in flames. It’s either loved or hated by our shabby chic friends and fellow rehabbers. One of my friends said that houses with shiplap on them will be instantly dated to the period starting around 2015, known as the “Joanna Gaines Era.” Another friend points out that what Joanna uses often isn’t really even shiplap. (This article cracked me up.)
Up until now, we’ve never incorporated shiplap into our houses. However, the Taylor house has shiplap up the wazoo, and it’s of the correct era to actually incorporate it. The house may well look good with a shiplap wall or two, since it is not one that would look good turned into a mid-century paradise.
Mandi tells me beadboard is way better than shiplap. Maybe it’s the next trend. I’ve always liked it, and it seems more timeless than shiplap, since it’s always been an exterior finishing technique, while shiplap usually was UNDER the actual walls.
Prediction: Shiplap will say bye-bye soon. Use in small doses, in appropriate homes, in areas that are easy to change.
The author of the original article was really down on painted brick. Renovators seem to feel the other way, like every brick surface MUST receive a coat of “fresh white paint” or if they are being daring, gray paint.
I admit that I also have avoided painted brick most of my life. I like the colors of most brick, and find it adds a nice focal point to a room when used in interiors. And I realize it’s hard to get off once it’s there. The best you can end up with is a distressed painted brick.
However, I have painted me some brick. The brick on the Ash house was one of the most depressing colors I ever saw, sort of a dull khaki. To make that house remotely appealing, something had to be done. So, we painted all of its brick colors that fit with its Frank Lloyd Write-esque exterior and interior. The buyers loved it.
As we’ve mentioned before, we are also painting the brick at the Roadrunner house. It’s an even uglier color than the Ash house, and since that house has way less curb appeal than Ash, it’s even more important to make the house look attractive.
Is this technique overused? Yes, it is.
Verdict: Painted brick needs to be used only when it truly makes a difference, and not when it erases a house’s charm or character. Brick is forever. Paint colors come and go.
Word Art Decals
Here’s a death-worthy trend I’ve never engaged in. Nope, I’ve never applied a sappy sentiment to the walls in one of my personal homes or in a rehab. If I must have a slogan, I’ll frame it and hang it, like the “Life Is Rough” needlepoint I used to always have in my homes when I was young.
The good thing about word art decals, though, is that they come off pretty easily. So, I find them harmless.
Verdict: If you like them, use them. I’d avoid them in staged homes for sale, but that’s just me.
Shabby chic is in the next installment! Mandi loves it! Do you? More important, the controversial topic of white kitchens is in the next post in this series, too. Bet you can’t wait.
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