8 décor trends that didn’t make it to the Balmain Peninsula

Most homeowners set out to make their house feel like a home, using design trends for inspiration and ideas. But just like fashion, certain looks and themes can very quickly go from ‘in’ to ‘out’.

And while there is no right or wrong when it comes to choosing interior décor, there are a few trends that we never ended up seeing in homes on the Balmain Peninsula. So, just for a bit of fun, we’ve compiled a quick list below.

1. Barbiecore

Yes, you guessed it, the Barbiecore trend was all about making your home a bit of a ‘Barbie World’, even if you weren’t a ‘Barbie Girl’ yourself! Think pops of bright pink furnishings and décor, and in some cases, full on pink walls, floors and cabinetry.

After many years of white on white and grey on grey, it was a nice attempt to try and switch things up a bit when it came to interior design, but many say it probably went a bit too far.

2. Farmhouse chic

From giant wall clocks to chickens adorning, well, everything, the farmhouse look has been a popular interior style for a while now. However, the thought of this trend remains, if you don’t actually live on a farm, why the need to embrace it so completely?

Sure, it has a nice feel to it ‒ comfortable, warm, inviting ‒ but it certainly looks a little out of place in the middle of a city and perhaps that’s why many have said ‘no’ to farmhouse chic here in the Balmain Peninsula.

3. Boucle furnishing

Furniture covered in bouclé fabric. Cosy and snuggly ‒ yes. Practical? Not so much. But wait, what is bouclé fabric exactly? It comes from the French word boucler, which means ‘to curl’. The heavy material is made from looped yarn, giving it a slightly ‘bumpy’ texture ‒ soft, but it’s definitely not smooth like linen or silk.

So what happened? It made a comeback very recently, during our ‘Covid era’. And while some would argue it looks très chic on a relaxed, curved corner chair or as a scatter cushion, it does have a habit of catching (and holding firmly) onto pet hair, attaching itself to any kind of velcro and being quite difficult clean.

4. Disco ball dance-off

Unless you’re a nightclub, there’s a high probability that you don’t need to have a disco ball hanging from an interior ceiling, or draped across your hallway cabinet.

But indeed, there was a short time in 2021 when it was extremely trendy to have a disco ball as a ‘sculpture’ in the home. Sure, it was mostly houses of the rich and famous who had this kind of ‘bling bling’ as décor centrepieces; however, it was a noteworthy style!

Aren’t you glad you let that one go to the keeper?

5. Word ‘art’

From signs telling people where they are located in the house (i.e. ‘kitchen’ or ‘bathroom’) to wall hangings that tell a home’s inhabitants how they should feel ‒ live, laugh and love, anyone? ‒ word art has undoubtedly taken the interior world by storm. But is it entirely necessary? Word wall art has certainly made for some great ‘meme’ fodder, and perhaps that’s where its lasting legacy will remain (until it comes back into vogue again, of course).

6. Faux greenery

Why fake it when you can make it with actual real indoor plants? There aren’t many benefits that come from faux greenery as they certainly don’t clean and purify the air as real plants do.

Some people may say it’s because they have trouble keeping houseplants alive, but if you choose ones that are extremely low maintenance (peace lilies, monsteras and succulents), you can’t go wrong.

7. Fast furniture

When cheap design knock-offs come a-knocking, it can be hard to resist. But again, there’s nothing like the real thing. While Kmart furniture may do the job for a few months or a year, quality can last a lifetime ‒ and reducing the amount of waste that goes to landfill will always be in vogue.

8. Geometric everything

Every person and their dog very much loved the geometric interior design trend, so much so that it was painted onto walls, made into trinkets and embellished onto crockery. But with the much more natural round and curved style coming back into style, it’s bye-bye to the mathematician’s favourite décor style and so long to straight lines and obtuse angles.

Does anyone need to borrow a protractor?

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