5 Design Details You Thought You Hated (But Might Actually Love)

5 Design Details You Thought You Hated (But Might Actually Love)

Nancy Mitchell
Jun 12, 2016

When it comes to home design, certain materials, and certain details, are widely reviled. Knotty pine, for example, is pretty universally hated for its association with the design excesses of the 70s, and glass block is similarly unpopular for its connection with those of the 80s. But could it be time to give these widely disliked design details a second look?

Above: Exposed plywood doesn't have to look unfinished or cheap — in the right environment, it can add just the right amount of texture and warmth.

(Image credit: Bolig)

Glass block: unpleasant reminder of the 80s, or perfect, inexpensive choice for a shower enclosure?

The glass block surrounding the door brings light into this kitchen while preserving privacy.

I've heard a lot of folks express their disdain for mirrored backsplashes, but I've always been a fan. They're shiny! They make the room seem bigger! But if you're one of the haters, maybe you'll be convinced by the antiqued mirrored backsplash, which has a bit more of a subtle vibe.

Knotty pine paneling might have the worst reputation of pretty much all building materials, but in the right space (read: a textured, intentionally rustic one) it can hit just the right note.

I have been surprised, lately, to discover that tile countertops can actually be really nice. Case in point: this kitchen, where encaustic tile marries happily with concrete for a textured, timeless look.

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