First, I want everyone to understand that I am 62 years old. It's important to know that I have lived in houses furnished with the trends of the 'fifties, 'sixties, 'seventies, 'eighties, and the naughts! I have seen what people cringe at years later when they remember how their houses used to be decorated. I have heard people say, "Oh, that looks so 'eighties," as though anything from that time period was anathma while at the same time they were deciding to buy a piece that my mother would have had in her house in the 'sixties! Usually these people are fairly young and I guess that haven't realized yet that everything goes in a cycle. So they will be embracing the very things and colors in 20 years that they are sneering at now. Some of the trends I think that they will be cringing at are as follows:
Cringe Trend: Painting old furniture from the 'fifties and 'sixties in bright colors. While I applaud this trend because it reuses and recycles instead of dumping, I think this will be a future trend cringe. What will make this really dated is using very bright colors such as the yellow and the pink that you see here.
Below, you see 2 pieces that have been painted all one color. The bookshelf/desk could be from anytime in the last 30 or 40 years, but I had a dresser almost like that that I bought in 1970.
Cringe Trend: Making furniture out of old, weathered, marked-up wood without painting or refinishing it. Again, I applaud the recycling, but look at this chair with its markings on the side and the rough, dirty-looking wood and you know that someone just thinks that it is cool as hell. (I really do like the bookshelf built into it by the way). The idea is great, but the unfinished looking state is what is going to be cringe-worthy.
What really strikes me as stupid though is when someone pays an exorbitant fee for this furniture when the whole idea should be to use reclaimed materials to have something cheaper! In the room below, I see nothing that is really inherently beautiful which is why I think someone is going to cringe.
Cringe Trend: Industrial looking lights, lamps, chandeliers. Again, this is taking something that was basically never considered in the least attractive and using it as though it is.
The lamps above and below are going to be soooooo dated!
And I really don't get this one. Hmmm, we have a chandelier. Let's cover it up!
Trend Cringe: Chalkboard walls and writing on walls. Chalkboard walls just strike me as messy; as a former teacher I probably have a layer of chalkdust lining my lungs and don't see the allure although I'll bet it's fun for kids. However, having writing on your walls always has struck me as false cheer. It's probably just someone who wants to fill up a wall space but doesn't have any art.
Cringe Trend: This one is funny because in the early 'sixties so many homes had sunburst mirrors and clocks like this that when I had my own place in the 'seventies, you couldn't have paid me enough money to hang one! It will be that way again. Maybe you could say they are classic because they go in and out of fashion, but in 20 years no one is going to want this on her walls.
Cringe Trend: Ikat and huge geometric prints. Been there, done that. Think of flamestitch in the 'eighties.
Please note that I am not saying that people should get these out of their houses. Although there are a few things here that I personally don't care for at all, I'm just saying that in 20 years these decorating trends will look, well, extremely dated and many people will probably say to themselves, "What was I thinking?"!