Current trends are talked about all the time. There are a few people out there who despise anything trendy and just do what they want to do. Most people, however, go all out for current trends, even if they don’t realize it.
When we were house hunting a few years ago, I cringed when we walked into houses with stainless steel appliances and granite counters. Not because they are ugly–both of those are just fine, but 90% of the houses we looked at had them (the only ones that didn’t were the houses that needed complete remodels). And why did they all have stainless and granite? Because it was the only thing that would look good in a kitchen right? If you don’t have those, you’re probably just poor or have terrible taste.
We have white appliances, because they are more our style. I laughed after we purchased them and heard someone say “Ugh, white appliances are SO dated.”
Then last year, it was announced that stainless steel is no longer in fashion, and appliance companies are focusing on black and white again. So, in a couple years, when the new trends trickle down, people will sneer at stainless and say “Ew, that is so 2010.”
I am NOT one of those people who hate trends though. I am also not (necessarily) one of the people that say you should only use trends in disposable pieces like throw pillows. I think trends are good; they keep things fresh and ensure variety. Rather, they can ensure variety.
My problem with trends, though, is over use. In my opinion, the only reason anything looks dated is because it was all we saw for 10 years and we just can’t stand it anymore. Like silver tones, a few years ago, we finally got so sick of them that gold and brass tones are back, and (once again) silver is dated and ugly. And our attention span is getting even shorter…how long did chevron everything last? Before that it was damask. And the 4 woodland creatures we rotated through in 12 months?
Did you ever notice how we can look back and appreciate art deco, or mid century modern, but anything from the last 20 years, we think is ugly? The 80s were hideous! Until we started liking neon and color blocking again, that is. Now the 90s are hideous!
If something is beautiful now, it should be beautiful forever. What do you think?