THE CLASSIC FARMHOUSE LOOK
Many designers have called for the modern farmhouse trend to be put out to pasture, especially for homes that are nowhere near a farm. This look embraces overly distressed and white-washed furnishings and décor. It’s all about kitschy signs like ‘live, laugh, love’ or ‘gather’. Shiplap walls lead to barn doors, burlap, buffalo check overload and mason jars. Keep a few antique touches from the style, but committing too hard to farmhouse décor could be aging your home.
VESSWEL BOWL SINKS
These sinks sit on top of the bathroom vanity counter. They may be a round bowl or a modern square in marble or even copper. They were once a favorite for modernizing an outdated bathroom, offering a unique touch to the typical under-mount sink. But they’ve lost their luster—and they can be a pain to clean. Water and dirt can get stuck between the base of the vessel sink and the counter. The edge of the sinks are also exposed and can be prone to cracks and damage.
MATCHING FURNITURE SETS
Avoid getting too match-y with your furnishings and fixtures. It’s trendy not to match. A beige sofa with perfectly coordinated beige chairs and a complementary coffee table—sold as a set—is essentially the furniture version of a “bed in a bag.” Free yourself from having to pair everything in the same color. Contrast can add dimension to a room, designers say.
Over the last decade, a cowhide rug was viewed as the ultimate modern accessory. But animal prints are becoming passé. Try other ways to channel the trendy white-and-black color scheme. When it comes to inspiration, take it from the designers: don’t involve cows.
RAINFALL SHOWER HEADS
These shower heads have been a popular accessory for creating the feel of a luxury spa in the home. But their hype is starting to wane due to the lack of practicality.
VENETIAN PLASTER WALLS
Plaster wall finishes are still trendy right now, so we’re calling this one early. This is because of the pain it could be to remove one day if you ever grow tired of this look. Some home remodelers say they’ve had to remove an entire wall to get rid of this heavy paint finish.
At least we know there’s a simple exit strategy with this one. The peel-and-stick types of wallpaper can be easy to remove.
Square tile countertops had their heyday in kitchens and bathrooms in the 1970s and ’80s. Now, they’re considered one of the worst home décor styles of the past 50 years. This is according to a survey from the home furnishing company Empire Today. Cleaning the grout can be a chore, and tile can be prone to chipping.
A JUNGLE OF GREENERY
We love greenery, but it doesn’t need to be in every single corner of your home. If the dining table has a giant plant that you can’t see over, you’ve gone too far. Buy a greenhouse to store all the extra plants.
The pandemic-driven trend of turning closets into home offices seemed like a practical solution in a sudden work-from-home culture. However, homeowners are rolling out of the closet after too many months of being tucked away. Instead, they’re preferring a dedicated workspace with more room and light. Plus, they really want to take back their closets and extra storage space. Where else are they going to put all those pandemic-inspired splurges they don’t need anymore?
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