THIS PAST WEEK...House Beautiful Magazine..on their Facebook page asked:
“What decorating trend do you think will be SO over in 2014? “
The Top 3 contenders were:
2. “KEEP CALM” (and other “words on walls”)
and 3. STAINLESS STEEL APPLIANCES.
All things I have in my house. Am I worried? Not really. But it DOES fascinate me…TRENDS.
What is a TREND?
It seems to me that even the TERM “TREND” has evolved to define, well basically……..
I am not so much concerned with what is TRENDY as much as what I LIKE. BUT, My answer to the House Beautiful Question was “Chevron”. No, not because I don’t like my Chevron sofa anymore…or because I have burned out on what I used to call “zig zag”…but because it seems that like ANYTHING ELSE IN THE WORLD…we tire of things …especially things we see ALOT of…be it a fabric, a food, a TV show, a style of clothing, even sometimes …a person…we begin to see faults…and we get bored. Then annoyed. This is human nature. And I believe it is this one little trait is what FUELS the world of stufF!
I think that we might EVEN burn ourselves out on Cupcakes and that makes me very sad, because I LOVE cupcakes.
It is what we do. It fascinates me.
Do you know who Maria Killam is? She has the blog Colour Me Happy and is ” is an internationally sought after colour expert, design blogger, author, trainer, decorator and stylist.” and she is my Mentor …in my mind…she has no idea. She is a color GENIUS and DIVA, and has developed a method of communicating how color works that enables you to “get it right every time” . I love her blog and I read her posts voraciously. They are smart, thought- provoking posts. One of her recent posts which I have read over and over again had to do with TRENDS. I won’t try to paraphrase the article, you should read it, but she spoke about what is involved in a color becoming popular or “trendy”. There were things I had never thought about, like that a fabric designer has to have a crystal ball to almost predict what will resonate with people…but not too soon, because it is extremely expensive to launch a new color in anything…floors, cabinets, fabric, clothing, cars…anything. So by the time you can walk by any store and see a color…for example, like now, aqua is pretty much everywhere…it has taken years and millions of dollars to make this happen. And because of this monstrous investment…color trends last about 10 years.
So if it is expensive and risky and time consuming to launch a color…imagine the investment launching a PATTERN…like Chevron or a material…like stainless. I found it interesting that there were a number of folks who posted “what is Chevron”? on the FB page, after seeing the Chevron so dissed… It made me wonder…who is tired of Chevron?…everyone? or just those whose jobs or hobbies or passion it is to be on the pulse of what is happening in design.
The same goes for Stainless Steel. Which God forbid better not go south because I just put in a brand new kitchen. When I STARTED my kitchen… I actually started with White..yep I got a white dishwasher…The white looked so bad against my NEW creamy painted cabinet doors that it looked like the only possible way I chose it was because it was free. So does this mean that white kitchens must go????…to make way for something new in the kitchen…It gives me a bit of a headache trying to figure it out…so I will just wait and see.
The last thing i will say about TRENDS is the same thing I tell my kids when they want this or that hottest thing…sometimes…it is just plain fun to have what everyone else has…but it should NEVER be the make or break it ingredient to your happiness…it is all just stuff. So if you want and can afford to surf the trends…go for it. Me, I stick to what I like, what is easy to keep clean and …what looks pretty even when it is messy…and of course…what makes me smile.
Like my pink cabinet.
What trends do you think are getting tired?
More on MY personal list on Monday!!!