Five interior design trends we may soon regret
Interiors are the new fashion. Stylists are swapping front rows for design fairs in droves, and plenty of apparel brands are following them by adding homewares and furniture lines to their product offerings.
While this hasn't seen home styling turnover quicken to quite the punishing cycle of fashion, trends have sped up.
Unlike poor fashion choices that can be hidden in the back of a closet, to be conjured only when one moves, purges, or gets an invite to a 'Bad Taste' party, when you commit to the wrong homewares, you very literally have to live with them.
Buying a new autumn wardrobe is a bit of an indulgence. Beyond a couple of throw pillows, buying a new autumn wardrobe for your house is an insanely costly logistical nightmare. When you upgrade your furniture, upholstery and appliances, you need those things to last.
Which is why, as thousands of Pinterest boards are created in their honour every day, there's good reason to fear the longevity of these interiors trends.
Mad Men is over. As we bid goodbye to a weekly fix of sunken living areas, clean lines and excessive alcohol consumption, there's reason to fear a mid-century hangover may set in.
Mid-century styling is inescapable, and once something becomes inescapable, the eye does tend to tire of it. While finely tapered legs, jutting angles and low profiles make sense in little Danish apartments, in larger spaces, these features can look stark to the point of being unliveable.
I hope mid-century styling doesn't creep into 'totally outdated' territory (I restored my great aunt's Fleur lounge suite, and now I have to sit on it), but since we're almost at peak saturation point, I can easily see how it could happen. Hopefully, the trend will fade gracefully, and mid-century furniture will go back to what it was in the mid-2000s – a sensible and stylish buy if you live in a small space.
So shiny, so inviting. Right now, you can't flip open a catalogue without the flattering glow of rose gold, copper and bronze beaming out at you.
They look surprising and welcoming now, but warm metallics are still … metallic. If you go overboard, there's a risk you'll turn your abode into a disco-pimp palace, begging to be styled with black satin sheets and an ocelot fur throw. If that is genuinely to your taste, then all power to you. Please invite me onto Roberto Cavalli's yacht to share a magnum or two of 1990 Veuve, you bloody legend.
But if you're actually a more subdued person, seduced by the contrast of copper against whitewashed walls and a monochromatic marble bench top, go easy. Otherwise you may find yourself looking around one day and wondering "Who am I? And why did this nightclub let me in in my pyjamas?"
All white everything
The mandatory homeware trend for fashion bloggers everywhere – white walls, white chairs, white tables, a whitewashed wooden floor, a white fireplace filled with colourful books, placed next to a white couch, offset by zephyrs of white gossamer curtains is a look that works fantastically in pictures. So clean, so pure. So begging for a bumbling child with a passion for bolognese sauce (that would be me – or an actual child) to come in and ruin it all.
Sure, it's clean and relaxing. But you have to be a neat freak with cat-like reflexes to live in a white house long-term. And forget having a cat (unless that cat is also white). Because of its purity, white does not forgive transgressions lightly. Instead, it broadcasts your every maintenance misstep – be it a stain, or an unwiped patch of dust – loudly and mercilessly. If you let it, white will shame you.
Adults' rooms that look like children's rooms
Bright pops of colour! Quirky animal art! High-end beanbag seats! Wall decals! Every single one of these things can be excellent. Even all together they can be excellent. If your style icons are Kimmy Schmidt and Zooey Deschanel, then the many home furnishing stores that now make adults' furniture that looks like children's furniture are a gift from above.
But, like 8-year-old identical twins in matching outfits, holding hands and speaking in unison, if you embrace this style you're playing in a space where cute and creepy are extremely close together. If you are going to live like a child, make it the child of a helicopter parent who home-purees organic baby food and will only let you play with wooden toys. No one wants to have sex on a Mattel bedsheet.
I'm not sure it's even possible to buy a light fixture that's not a whimsical pendant at the moment. This is frustrating because, while they look extremely cool, pendant lights and chandeliers can be completely impractical. For instance, if you've rigged your lights to provide the perfect centrepiece for you dining table, like so:
Then you can straight up forget about rearranging your furniture without changing your fixtures. They're also, along with those big Swedish paper lanterns, prize-winning dust catchers.
Of course, this is all idle speculation. Perhaps the injection of fashion into interiors will age well, like a fancy handbag. Just as long as you don't spill anything on it.
Which interiors trends do you think we'll regret?