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What decorating trends are you slow to warm up to?

deb922deb922 6569 replies207 threads Senior Member
Call me old, call me traditional, call me whatever you want? 😉

I have a relative that recently did a big remodel. Old theme was Spanish, Tuscan. Stone floors, warm beige walls, white trim on their wide wood trimmed windows.

They went with matte black trim on the windows with stark white walls. Black gloss wood floors. It was very expensive, they had a decorator who they consulted with. It’s supposedly very “in”. They still have the beige stone floors in the kitchen.

I just can’t get used to it. Not a fan of these black window trims. And gray everything. All these cool tones.

My hair stylist, her husband builds custom homes. The new home he is building, white walls, black trimmed windows. The outside of the house is painted in matte black. She loved it, me not so much.

I am aware that we probably had a post similar to this recently. But trying to engage some conversation here.
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  • BuckeyeMWDSGBuckeyeMWDSG 1121 replies15 threads Senior Member
    I see a lot of dark blue kitchen cabinets on HGTV lately, often with punches of bright yellow accents. Although it's kind of a modern take on the traditional french country palette, it's just not for me.

    I like the modern grays, but warm them up with scarlet accents. :wink:

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  • cptofthehousecptofthehouse 30649 replies59 threads Senior Member
    The grays. But I’m getting there.
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  • momofsenior1momofsenior1 10834 replies134 threads Senior Member
    Brass and gold fixtures. I know it's "back in" but eh. The people we bought our house from put in some high cost lighting fixtures and curtain rods in that brushed brass finished in the living room. It kind of sorta goes with the originally brass door hardware so we left it. It's very very slowly getting to be OK for me.

    I'm also not a fan of the blue and gold/yellow, nor the highly patterned backsplash tiles. H fought me on that in the kitchen but thankfully the designer at the tile store interjected that it would date the house more quickly than almost anything else we picked and would be a pia to remove. I let him get patterned window treatments instead. Easier to change out when the trend passes!
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  • mathmommathmom 33316 replies163 threads Senior Member
    @kiddie I totally agree. I'd be happy never to see another gray kitchen.

    I don't mind the black mullions on windows - but I'm used to them from Tudors and the International style modern buildings.
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  • rhododendronrhododendron 456 replies19 threads Member
    I do not like the floor trends. Dark just makes me think of the constant cleaning/dusting required. The driftwood gray trend is ok at the beach but I think it looks out of place inland.
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  • deb922deb922 6569 replies207 threads Senior Member
    edited August 9
    These are good! Agree with so many of them.

    @mathmom, I don’t mind the black mullions, if the trim around the window is white. I think it looks like a picture frame to the outside.

    What I don’t like is the entire window mullions and trim painted black.

    This is what I’m talking about. It was hard to really find.
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  • IgloooIglooo 9289 replies229 threads Senior Member
    Oooops! I think I am doing gray and driftwood. There aren't too many choices. Either beige or gray. Yellow or driftwood. I choose gray and driftwood rather than beige and yellow.
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  • gouf78gouf78 7967 replies25 threads Senior Member
    edited August 9
    Not a fan of gray except it's okay in a bedroom if not too dark and brightened up in some way. Haven't seen the black yet on sills but already know I'd hate that if for no other reason that a black gloss floor sounds like a nightmare to keep looking clean.

    Glad brass and gold is coming back--I'll be back in style and can replace a few things hopefully.

    My house is full of neutrals and while boring at times it is easy to live with.

    I enjoy the house hunting shows but assume that most of the "Oh, that must go!" comments are for the show because most of the couples don't look made of money to do half of the remodeling they think needs doing. Unless it's just icky carpet and some wall paint that gets changed I'd bet most everything stays. Or maybe that's me.
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  • MarilynMarilyn 4444 replies147 threads Senior Member
    The house hunting shows must be mainly scripted. I believe we all learned a few years back that the couples have already picked out a home, and the other two are thrown in for the sake of the show. So the fun part is trying to figure out which is the “real” house.

    @coralbrook knew how to make grey look great! I like light and bright and natural myself. There have been times where I’ve been grateful I don’t need current fashions because nothing in the stores appealed to me. I guess decorating is the same - sometimes you just need to wait for the trends to change. Our old house is outdated but functional. Our lovely resort style back yard free form pool is totally dated. Do I care? I do not!
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  • bookwormbookworm 9346 replies75 threads Senior Member
    Dark floors and dark kitchen cabinets. Maybe cuz I live in the South. Does it seem like everyone wants white kitchen cabinets?
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  • colorado_momcolorado_mom 9658 replies84 threads Senior Member
    "Distressed furniture", bought new.

    I'm perfectly happy to have some family heirloom furniture with a bit of love (wear/tear).... but we gasp when we see Ethan Allen prices with faux distress marks.
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  • JoblueJoblue 1360 replies25 threads Senior Member
    Sooner or later, everyone will have to be concerned with resale.
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  • CheddarcheeseMNCheddarcheeseMN 3764 replies14 threads Senior Member
    Shiplap walls, vessel sinks, sliding barn doors. But I’m not that trendy in general.

    On my walk today I saw a 1920s stucco house where the stucco was newly painted dark blue with a lime green door and I thought it was beautiful. Never seen stucco painted that dark before.
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  • GumbymomGumbymom Forum Champion UC 31013 replies479 threads Forum Champion
    @Joblue: True and hopefully there are many home buyers out there that either will appreciate your style or can look beyond the surface and realize the potential.
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