It’s our final installment of the Trends Which Must Die series! As you may recall, it’s based on this article: 15 Most Hated Home Decorating Trends That Need to Die in 2017. I’ve shared my thoughts on white kitchens (nope), granite counters (yep), and so many others. I’ll link to the others at the end of this post, in case you want a review. What’s up for today? A couple more items that bring out strong opinions in me! Let’s go.
Now, this is a trend I truly don’t get. I think the photos in magazines and the images on television shows of these kitchens with only open shelving are beautiful, yes. However, it brings up a question. Who ARE these people who can store all the contents of their kitchen cabinets out in the open? Where do they get all that matching stuff? How do they LIVE with so little kitchen stuff?
The answer I propose is that all of these people have giant pantries, or better yet, separate, closed-off butler’s pantries to hold their food processors, waffle makers, ugly plastic kid stuff, and mis-matched glassware. Also, there are never more than 6 people eating at their homes, since there are usually six pristine plates, bowls, glasses, and cups displayed with plenty of space around them, so they can breathe (I guess). And those three matching mixing bowls. Those are nice.
On the other hand, maybe the folks with open shelves just don’t have the funds for cabinets. I know a few folks like that, and their shelves are filled with fun and funky treasures. That’s sort of cheerful, really.
I’m all for a couple of nice shelves to display beautiful kitchen treasures. However, my dinner services for 12, 6 sizes of glassware, endless storage containers and serving pieces are much happier behind nice, opaque cabinets. Maybe one or two could have glass, you know, to show the Fiesta Ware that Anita has. I have china cabinets for nice things. Kitchen cabinets are for work horses, seldom used but helpful things, etc.
Prediction: In the next five years, contractors will be very busy replacing open shelves with cabinets that feature doors.
The author admonishes us that there are just too many of these darned things out there, and insinuates that the people who use them just don’t have the slightest bit of imagination. Guilty as charged! I can’t help it! Finally there are bulb options that are not hideous! And fun light fixtures with these light bulbs that I am drawn to like, well, a bug to an incandescent light bulb.
However, I used these mainly in one house, and it’s my own house. It’s true that there are a lot of other options, as this Houzz link Ms. Harding shared shows. I will take her advice to heart and make sure I don’t overload any of our sale houses with bulbs that won’t be trendy for long. On the other hand, I get the feeling buyers love them. And if buyers love something, I have no qualms about sticking it into a house for sale. The new owners can change things whenever they want to!
Little known fact about Edison bulbs: they generate heat. Our big ole Sputnik stairway chandelier feels like a sun.
Prediction: Light bulb fads come and go. People will continue to use those nice LED bulbs in most fixtures, and accent with novelty bulbs. Those are easy to change out! No big deal! Bulbs are an easy way to look trendy, but not end up “dated.”
Well, here’s one I haven’t even been the teeniest bit remotely tempted to engage in. I have spent too much money in the past switching out “dated” plumbing fixtures. Trying to get rid of the gold stuff in my old master bathroom was painful indeed. We had the same trouble in the Lakeland house. And the master bath in Bobcat was gleamingly gold. In the meantime, rubbed bronze has had its moment. I had to get rid of THAT in a bathroom, too (I do think it’s pretty).
For your own home, choose whatever color fixtures works for you. Or mix and match. That is apparently what’s “cool” now. For the houses we renovate, though, we pretty much stick with brushed nickel, the kind that hides spots. Silver fixtures have been OK since indoor bathrooms showed up. Also, they don’t have to be high end. Some of the big box stores have lovely designs. I have done three different houses in Oxby by Moen! (I think I mentioned that already, but I really like the stuff.) It has the most amazing toilet paper holder ever. The thing just lifts up, you slide the old cardboard tube off, and slide the new paper on. Product innovation, folks!
Verdict: Use copper fixtures with caution. These trends seem to come and go faster than a lot of others.
Personal taste and decorating decisions for rehabs can be very different. Sometimes people like me have to bite the bullet and go with what’s trendy, even if it isn’t to our taste (I am SO TIRED of GRAY). Also, it’s apparently a LOT of fun to pick apart other people’s decisions. I’m trying to celebrate diversity in this arena, as well as others.
Here are my previous posts on this topic: