Been There, Done That: Designers Weigh In On "Worst Trends"

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The January/February issue of Elle Decor asked a handful of designers to discuss which trends they would like to see dead and buried. Some of their responses may surprise you.

Books as Props
Ronda Carman, of All the Best Blog. loves books but believes that the use of "books as props have a short shelf life." "Rose Tarlow put it best: 'An object added for effect instead of affection will always look like an affectation.'"

Midcentury Modernism Overload
Antiques dealer Richard Shapiro bemoans the "monotony of one midcentury room after another, all with predictable, gratuitous, gimmicky accessories." He urges decorators to embrace a more eclectic approach and draw from multiple styles and time periods.

Hollywood Regency
Decorator Mary McDonald is ready to say good riddance to brightly colored lacquered Hollywood Regency pieces: "I think we all have seen enough garage-sale junk sprayed in high-gloss Skittles colors to last through the next century."

Dysfunctional Decoration
According to designer Mario Buatta, "dysfunctional decoration" is when interiors are overstylized and don't relate to people. "Everything is done for styling, and nothing has to do with living-- there's no place to have a conversation or set down a drink," he says. "The best time to look at a room is the day after you've had a party because you see the way people used the space."

DIY Mania
Decorator Sheila Bridges is weary of the DIY craze, She says she is tired of the abundance of "earthy, handmade concoctions. Just because it can be reclaimed doesn't mean it should be."

Of course, often it is not the specific style or design or trend itself that is being rejected; it is its overuse, misuse or poorly executed use that gets designers' goats. (Think granite counters or suzanis or poufs: I genuinely love them all but I do get a bit sick of seeing them in every single magazine!). You can have too much of a good thing.

Do you agree with these designers' comments? Disagree? Which trends are you happy to see go the way of the carpeted toilet seat cover (or are those trendy again?)?

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