Out With The OLD… In With The New!

Posted by Robert DeFalco on Friday, January 22nd, 2016 at 11:46am.

January 1 isn’t just another day… For so many of us, it signifies not just a new year, but a lot of new things in our lives. New goals, new hopes, new gym memberships (usually the first of the new plans to be forgotten or ignored), and the one change guaranteed to last for at least 365 days… a new calendar! 

One thing that can be overlooked is that while acquiring and planning for all the NEW, we need to cull the OLD. And that does not mean just taking down that old calendar. No, the beginning of the new year is a perfect time to let go of things – and trends – that are past their time. We brought you a sample of design trends that look to be hot for 2016. Now let’s take a look at trends that some designers are saying we need to leave behind.

Mason Jars


Zillow Digs has announced some new design trends to watch… and a few to ditch. Mason jars made the cut list. (We know some people who will be pretty happy… we have a grandmother quoted as saying “Those dang hipsters made it impossible to find mason jars! What am I gonna do with all these green beans now?!”) The mason jar decorating craze came along as part of an overall country-cutesy, rustic design movement. And according to some other design advice, it’s time to scale back the whole “rustic chic” thing in favor of a few well chosen pieces.


Chalkboard Paint


This is a design idea that’s simply better in theory than in practice. Just think back to elementary school…  Unless a chalkboard is freshly washed, it is a jumble of smudges, smeared with the ghosts of thoughts erased. Schools don’t even use chalkboards anymore. So learn one final lesson from your teachers, and move on. Or, at the very least, keep it to small accents and paint that chalkboard wall an actual color.


The Kitchen Desk


According to BobVila.com, “If you have a desk set up in the kitchen, it may be time to find it a new home.” This is a great opportunity to improve your space, if you’re considering a remodel for the new year. At one point, these were a convenient spot from which to run the business of a household. But nowadays we’re on mobile or cordless phones and we pay our bills online. So unless you really need that knee-hole under the desk for your pet’s dishes, you’re wasting valuable kitchen real estate. *** These are just a few trends that designers are advising us to leave in the past. Of course, style and décor are very personal choices. What are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments!



Robert DeFalco

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