As the famous phrase goes: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Whoever said that was likely talking about things like warfare and injustices. But we don’t think it’s too dramatic (it is) to apply this to design trends too. After all, can the damage done by the introduction of glass block ever be overstated? (It can). Let us remember our sordid history, ugliness and all, in hopes that we never again subject ourselves to such indignities! Now let’s take a look back together on our failures as a people, our deeply regrettable design trends of the past:
Glass block. We’ve railed against it before but it bears repeating. The point of glass block is to let light in but provide privacy and security. Burglar proof, yes. But also style proof. Our theory is that it deters criminals not because they can’t get in. They don’t want to come in. They hate glass block. It’s possible we are just projecting. #bougieburglars. In all seriousness, this one is still pervasive because there are few stylish option with the same qualities. We get it. We are just saying life isn’t fair.
Wallpaper borders– It’s like a dickey for your wall. They manage to be both noncommittal and also completely distracting. You probably know wallpaper borders from that time you scraped some off of your otherwise good wall, cursing the inventor. Or maybe you put some up. It’s okay. We are not our past. You are worthy and valuable.
“Italian” “revivals”- We think both those words need quotations because the style to which we are referring is “Italian” like Olive Garden is “Italian” and is more likely to put you to sleep than to revive you. The hallmarks are brown, dirty white, with grapevines and faux stone where stone makes no sense and… well Olive Garden. Let’s leave Olive Garden at Olive Garden.
Sponge painting:- A technique that, if done correctly, looks like your walls are dirty. I guess what we’re asking is…WHY, tho?
Red Carpeting– We’ve all been in a house with dark red plush carpeting because it was totally a thing at one time. Lesser known offenders are hunter green and harvest gold but the sea of red under your feet is especially unsettling. Where did that even come from? Obviously, the bowels of hell.
To be clear… this is the only appropriate use…
Are there any trends you have blocked out or are currently in therapy trying to work past? What are your least favorite design trends past or present?