Don’t tell Lawrence Leeuwen Bowen! From mushroom lamps to crushed velvet curtains, we have a lot of regrets about home renovations
- Researchers surveyed adults in 2002 about the purchases they regretted the most
- Experts say a culture of indirect design accelerates the rate of regret
Furnishings have always had a bad habit of eventually making our homes look tidy one day… only to give them a nice makeover for a year or two.
And the process is speeding up, design experts say, thanks to the ‘outcast’ design culture — where people copy the interiors of social media influencers, only to quickly regret their choices.
Giving your abode the kind of makeover beloved by Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, host of the TV show Changing Rooms, nowadays often sees people decorating their homes with items favored by influencers who celebrate a retro look. Many soon regret their decisions.
5 percent ended up getting rid of the hanging egg chairs that were a must-have in the ’60s
The design experts at Ideal Home Show asked 2,002 UK adults what interior design purchases they regret the most.
Roughly one in ten people despair at the expense of their crushed velvet curtains, along with five percent who end up throwing away the must-have ’60s hanging egg chairs.
Cream and black geometric rugs were thrown out by 4 percent, and 5 percent were tired of that classic ’70s style—the mushroom-shaped lamp.
Giles Perry, Events Director at Media 10, organizers of the Ideal Home Show, said: ‘Our results show that what was chic and trendy yesterday can be a design disaster of tomorrow.
The research underscores how much social media influences people who seek to copy influencers when designing their homes.
It has changed the way people buy products and they no longer focus on the longevity of the item.
Instead, they’re steeped in the home design culture built on the minimalist style of the moment with little thought to how long that design will last in appeal.