Okay, maybe I just wanted to use the word “hogwash” in one of my post titles. . . I briefly touched on this article from Elle Decor in my last Saturday 6 post, but you can find these kinds of writings all over the internet around the first of each year. They grab a handful of designers and ask them to predict what’s in and what’s out in home decor for the next twelve months. Many of you were quick to point out that this particular list repeatedly contradicted itself–exactly what makes these articles so silly in the first place.
I would say these lists are mostly for the designers themselves to establish some kind of credibility within their field. I’m guessing they’re the same ones who don’t work on projects with what are considered realistic budgets for most people. Or the ones who need to be seen as a trendsetter because they’re pushing their own products. . . How can a plant be out of style? Or a classic print that’s been around for hundreds of years? These things obviously have some kind of staying power or we wouldn’t be talking about them in the first place.
My main beef with trend prediction lists is that they make the less-then-confident person question the green velvet sofa of their dreams that they just saved up for over the last 12 months. Or they tell you your newly renovated kitchen is instantly out of date. Or that your new blush pink bedroom is over–or wait–is it back in? (Both according to the Elle Decor article. . . ) It’s enough to make your decor-loving head spin. It all goes back to trusting your gut. Figure out what you are drawn to time and time again and stick to it.
Design trends aren’t for real people as much as they’re magazine filler. So, I beg you, don’t drag your recently lacquered dresser out to the curb (unless you’re willing to tell me your address).
What do you think of these prediction lists? Are you a fan?
All images from Elle Decor’s Instagram. I actually really like them all, in case you’re looking for someone’s opinion. ;)