Bandwagons can get awfully crowded. I proceed with caution before jumping on most bandwagons, carefully picking and choosing the ones to get on board with. There are some who would definitely categorize Pinterest as bandwagon central. Well if Pinterest is a bandwagon, then I say giddy-up! Pinterest is the ultimate virtual photo album, an all-in-one place where you can find everything from free fonts to fondue recipes to fabulous home trends. I use it as a visual catalog, look book and client presentation tool as well as a vehicle for gleaning ideas from other decoristas. Beauty is in the Pin of the beholder.
Fascinated by the power of the trend and the role that pinning it plays in the spread of its popularity, Pinterest reminds me of the and they told two friends, and they told two friends, and so on, and so on Fabergé Organic shampoo commercial. Recently I came across the article “8 Home Trends That Pinterest Ruined for All of Us” from House Beautiful. A headline with home trends and Pinterest in it is my kind of headline. I could only guess at what the list of 8 would entail. Scrolling through the list of the too much of a good thing offenders, I shook my head in agreement with several of author Lauren Smith’s selections. Let me show you what I mean.
1. Chevron Anything
It is hard deny the fact that this is one pattern that has fallen victim to the done to death effect.
2. Mason Jars
Let the record show I love these jars, but fully understand the too much of a good thing point. The unpretentious utility and multi-purpose what’s in a jar appeal of the iconic mason jar reaches all the way back to its inception in 1858. I mean, come on. It’s mason and ball jars! The popularity of these inexpensive jars is well preserved. See what I mean? These babies were in high demand at the estate sale we attended this past weekend. Numbers three through seven on the list rank as mild offenders, mere this trend shall pass mentions. It was not until I got to number eight did I realize Ms. Smith may just have a point.
8. Painted Everything
I believe the time has come for this keyboard confessional. Painted everything is the please put down the paint brush and step away from the ______________ trend I love to hate. There, I typed it. I emphasize the word everything. I will be the first to admit that a well applied coat of paint on an inexpensive piece of
junk mass produced furniture that isn’t all that to begin with in the first place can’t hurt the look. An even better applied coat of paint in a designer color(s) on a home furnishing with good bone structure can render a piece thoroughly modern magnificent. Feast your eyes upon this stunning French Provincial dresser finished in a “frenchy” blue color by Cindy at Edith & Evelyn. Magnifique!
Paint dipped beverage glasses, dipped furniture legs, plastic toy animals, dollar store china, lampshades, countertops, flooring- everything is fair game. You name it and someone will have the DIY idea to paint it. Pinterest is peppered with painted everything projects, some gorgeous and some not so gorgeous. As far as calling out the not so gorgeous, I believe it is best to apply the Thumperian principle to mouth and keyboard. If you can’t say, type, post or link something nice, don’t say, type post or link nothing at all. Do I think the painted everything is on the way out? The popularity of painted everything pins and boards on Pinterest suggest the answer is no. I do wonder about the staying power of the painted everything home trend. Is painted everything a Pinterest home trend that is here to stay, or one with an expiration date marked sooner than later?