When it comes to your own real estate holdings, so long as a sense of proportion is retained, keeping up with fashion writers’ latest opinions is usually a harmless pursuit. So it was that the publication of Betty Stefanova’s “5 Interior Design Trends that will Disappear this Year” seemed worth checking out. After all, the abrupt termination of a trend could be costly to any local homeowner who went all-in on one of the soon-to-be-axed design ideas—especially if their property was headed for the market. Although Ms. Stefanova’s qualifications were not readily available, her strong opinions were undeniably thought-provoking:
- Open-Floor Plans. Now that “most of us” are working remotely, the need for silence in our workspaces will assure that wall dividers and other forms of separation now “have their moment.”
- Open Shelving will disappear because “they make it harder to keep things organized.”
- Exposed Kitchen Hoods will depart because they fail to provide “a clean look.”
- Fast Furniture (cheap, fashionable, easy-to-breakdown accouterments) is a cultural phenomenon born of so many people changing residences. It will disappear because of its fatal flaw—a tendency to break.
- Neutral Grays are out of the question because “Interior Design Trends 2022” says so.
If you are one of the homeowners who will resist the temptation to immediately abandon any of the five doomed trends, you may have sensed a questionable aura arising from the not-so-convincing explanations—or because the original publication date was suspiciously close to April Fool’s Day.
Coincidence? Maybe not. Especially since the list’s host site is Pretend Magazine, “the world’s leading trends in travel, arts, interior design, culture & technology, ecology, health & beauty”—a periodical whose own design can be found high on the honor roll of “fake magazine covers.” Actually, further investigation reveals that Vogue magazine actually does think that “Open Floor Plans” are passé —but who says Vogue is in vogue?