Neale Whitaker: On being an accidental trendoid
WE SOMETIMES FOLLOW TRENDS WITHOUT EVEN REALISING IT
Oops. For someone who claims to be anti-trend, it seems I am, after all, painfully on-trend. How so? Well,with 150 million active pinners around the world, Pinterest would be a pretty accurate barometer, and according to their most recent home trend report, I’m ticking boxes.
For example, my partner and I have bathroom plants (tick), and ours happen to be vertical cacti. I don’t know if that halves or doubles their trend value, but hanging succulents like Senecio
rowleyanus is where it’s really at. We have a circular mirror, although we might shed a few points for its faux porcupine quill fringing,which is so much better in real life than it sounds. Extra trend points, by the way, for circular mirrors with leather hanging straps or copper and brass frames.
Nul points for rose gold.We also have terrazzo bathroom tiles (tick), marble splashbacks (tick) and knobs (tick and cue Benny Hill music).
It’s extraordinary that, despite current design’s obsession with the integrated and concealed, gratuitous knobs and handles are trending massively. Ours are large, flat and wooden – more like giant buttons – and we’ve got hats hanging on them of the smart,racegoing variety.And therein lies another cliché. Apparently we’re all at it, hanging things on knobs globally. “Accessories as décor” is how Pinterest puts it.
As readers of this column back in February may remember, the concept of
hygge is huge, and as the winter months approach, so too will the trend curve for all things cosy. Roughly translated from the Danish as “living simply”,I think my current obsession with a slouchy new sofa and Netflix qualifies as hygge (and therefore another tick).
So where am I not trending? Our home is woefully lacking in any shade of pink or terracotta. I’m surprised by the latter as it’s a colour I love. Nor do we have the “vertical bar cart” that a quick Google search reveals as close cousin to the terribly un-PC “hostess trolley” of my childhood. Which is precisely why we don’t have one. Presumably these carts – vertical or horizontal – appeal to a new generation of artisan gin drinkers who don’t recall glacé cherries, Babycham or the Schweppes soda syphon.
But the evidence,your honour,is stacked against me. Despite all my protestations to the contrary, it seems I’m that most embarrassing of things – an accidental trendoid. #awkward Neale Whitaker is editor-in-chief of Vogue Living.
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