9 interior design trends that seem crazy to me

THERE ARE A LOT of weird decorations out there right now. After these last two rather disturbing years, where most of us were locked up like prisoners, I understand the urge to act. But that’s enough.

“I see what people are buying all over the country, and a lot of it is very surprising,” said Noel Fahden Briceño, vice president of merchandising at Chairish, the online furniture marketplace. His company generates trend reports on items that sell within 30 days of going on sale. A top seller in June? Bubblegum colored chests.

“Right now, 1980s pink laminate dressers are selling out within days of going on sale,” she said. While this could easily reflect the growing interest in pastels – and in particular the Danish pastel trend – she thinks it’s because people are excited about Greta Gerwig’s highly anticipated movie ‘Barbie’ coming in 2023. , in which the iconic doll will come to life.

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Pink dressers like this are all the rage, says online marketplace Chairish, perhaps in anticipation of next summer’s Barbie movie.


“The color pink is really coveted right now,” Ms. Fahden Briceño said. “It’s Barbiecore for furniture.”

With interior design trends apparently being dictated by a 63-year-old anatomically incorrect plastic doll, I decided to conduct a highly unscientific survey of half a dozen interior designers who work in across the country to see what other absurd people are doing. Here are nine questionable design trends.

How to read in bed without a headboard?


Aggressively minimalist low-slung platform bed frames without headboards are ruining bedrooms all over the country. Besides looking like unmoored life rafts floating between a pair of nightstands, these unfortunate platform beds make it nearly impossible to read in bed. Are you supposed to lean your head against the wall? “Not comfortable,” said Tricia Rose, founder of textile design company Rough Linen in San Rafael, Calif. “Headboards are mandatory!” she says. “And also add a bolster – it’s God’s gift to people who read, as it softens the angle between the mattress and the headboard.”

A giant TV mounted above a fireplace sucks all the attention away from what is usually a pretty architectural detail below.


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Domineering televisions mounted above fireplaces overwhelm the space. “All the attention in a room doesn’t need to be focused on a nonsensical box that looks like a large black rectangle distracting you from what is often a beautiful fireplace or an ornate fireplace,” said Jackie Barnes, architect home in Cincinnati. And from a practical standpoint, “the center of a TV shouldn’t be more than 45 inches above the floor, or it starts to hurt your neck watching it,” she said. declared.

Anyone with fond memories of high school gym class, please raise your hand. I don’t see any hands. So why adopt gym-centric amenities like wall-hung toilets, the main benefit of which is to make it easier for a school janitor to run a damp mop under a row of toilets? Likewise, why put real gym lockers in a locker room for storage? “With the lockers, the metal looks pretty tough,” said Dallas interior designer Jessica Maros. What if a customer insisted on having them? “I would say you need to at least add some rattan panels to the locker doors to make it look more chic and modern, instead of looking like a smelly locker room,” she said.

Copious recessed overhead lights are cold and visually messy.


Too many recessed lights (or cans) overhead make a ceiling look like an airport landing strip. “Whenever possible, I recommend using a recessed or single-point fixture instead,” said Bethany Adams, interior designer in Louisville, Ky. “But if you must have them, place them in a nice symmetrical grid , taking into account the locations of loudspeakers, smoke detectors and security cameras.

Cafe curtains don’t evoke a French bistro, they’re reminiscent of roadside restaurants.

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Kitschy cafe curtains hung from brass curtain rings as big as bracelets “are just one step too far in the Grandma-Chic direction for me,” said designer Lauren Sullivan of Well x Design in Nashville, Tennessee. “It’s a nostalgic note that has its limits.” The designer adds that the memory he recalls most vividly is of hole-in-the-wall restaurants looking for an economical way to have less-than-desirable items disappear behind a skirted utility sink.

More than one paint color in a single room harms rather than improves.

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A ceiling painted a different color – especially a dark color – from the rest of a room is a bad idea as it makes the space look smaller and claustrophobic. “There’s no reason why,” said Los Angeles designer Kathryn M. Ireland, who launched a new online decorating course at Create Academy this month that includes tips for being creative. retained with paint. “People who use too many paint colors complicate things,” she said. “It just looks like you’re trying too hard.”

Shelves organized via ROYGBIV hint that their owner doesn’t read much.

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A style of book that feels like you’re not reading is a sad chapter in any home. Among the biggest blunders are the wobbly shelves with bins that are extremely oddly angled rhomboids or hexagons, and books arranged by color to create a rainbow effect. But wait, there’s more: Too many indoor plants and photos on the shelves is also a problem, Ms Barnes said. “When there’s no space for your eye to rest, it makes you anxious and it screams ‘It’s just for show,'” she said.

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Although the outdoor decorating trend is to “bring out the inside,” fully upholstered furniture is too much for the patio.


Thanks to the latest generation of high-performance fabrics capable of withstanding bad weather all year round, fully upholstered sofas and armchairs are unfortunately becoming commonplace on terraces and terraces. “But this kind of furniture belongs in a living room,” Ms. Maros said. “It doesn’t make any sense: you look at it and your brain goes, ‘Why should I put this out?'”

By design, curved sofas should float in the middle of the room. Who has room for that?

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The unusual shape of a curved sofa may draw you in like a raised eyebrow, but don’t let that fool you. ‘I consider these things new, and people are always struck by the new,’ said Ms Ireland, adding that ‘it’s best to stick to the classics’. Curved sofas sit awkwardly in the middle of a living room because they don’t look well pushed against a straight wall. They also don’t mix well with square-cornered side tables, skinny console tables, or just about any surface to place a drink or book on.