Are These Classic Trends on the Verge of Extinction?

Updated 04/17/19

The other night, while enjoying an episode of a renovation show on HGTV, the designer was going over his plans for the featured couple’s new kitchen, and my fiancé (who has recently taken a real shine to HGTV) hit pause and turned to me. “Let’s guess,” he said. “I bet they will take down that wall and make it an open space, install a white subway tile backsplash, and put in an oversize reclaimed-wood island and industrial lights.” When he pressed play and the episode rolled on, lo and behold, that’s exactly what happened.

My fiancé was proud of himself, but I was concerned. I’m still into subway tile; it’s classic, right? Same with reclaimed wood—the ultimate sustainable material. And industrial fixtures are great for adding patina and interest to a more refined space. Yet have we come to a place where these seemingly timeless design choices now feel so expected that they’ve lost their appeal?

It’s hard to flip through a shelter magazine or scroll through Pinterest without seeing many similar looks in countless rooms and homes. With our increasingly connected society, ideas and inspiration are shared so freely that many find themselves being drawn to the same sorts of spaces. Therefore, we’re exposed to these timeless looks again and again, which begs the question: Will we soon be burned out? Don’t get me wrong—I love all of the below looks (I have the majority in my own home—nine out of 11, in fact), but are they on the verge of extinction from overexposure?

Take a peek below and sound out in the comments.

kitchen with subway tile
Alyssa Rosenheck for Jason Arnold Interiors

Subway Tile

These simple tiles take their name from the underground metro stations where they originated over 100 years ago. Popular in bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry spaces, these tiles are commonly installed in a staggered pattern but can be placed in a grid or herringbone design for a different look.

Daltile Rittenhouse Arctic White Tile
Daltile Rittenhouse Arctic White Tile $3
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living room with Black-and-White Offset-Stripe Rugs
Tessa Neustadt for Amber Interiors

Black-and-White Offset-Stripe Rugs

A twist on a straight stripe, these offset designs add a layer of interest to an otherwise expected arrangement. We love it in this home by the inimitable Amber Interiors as featured on MyDomaine.

IKEA Stockholm Rug
IKEA Stockholm Rug $199
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dining room with Tolix-Style Chairs
Alyssa Rosenheck for Austin Bean Design Studio

Tolix-Style Chairs

Metalworker Xavier Pauchard is credited for having designed the Marais A Chair for Tolix out of galvanized steel in 1934. The popular style is now available in a variety of colors, from pink to green to copper.

DWR Tolix Marais a Chair
Design Within Reach Tolix Marais a Chair $295 $250
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a dining room with Sheepskin Throws
Monica Wang Photography for MyDomaine

Sheepskin Throws

Decidedly Scandinavian in origin, these fluffy textiles are being draped on contemporary seating for a textural contrast or layered over natural rugs to add a soft touch underfoot.

CB2 Icelandic Sheepskin Throw
CB2 Icelandic Sheepskin Throw $249
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a bedroom with Black-and-White Abstract Art
Alyssa Rosenheck for Style Me Pretty

Black-and-White Abstract Art

We credit artist Franz Kline for igniting a deep love of this high-contrast abstract style within us. We love the unexpected look that these somewhat harsh pieces bring to softer spaces.

Wisteria Abstract Wall Art
Wisteria Abstract Wall Art $399
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a Black, White, and Brass Bathroom
Courtesy of Ludlow Hotel

Black, White, and Brass Bathrooms

Brass accents help to soften the high-contrast look of black-and-white spaces. Bathrooms in this scheme have become especially popular when executed with a vintage vibe. The Ludlow knows how to make black, white, and brass look classic and chic.

Rejuvenation Mission Pyramid Cabinet Knob
Rejuvenation Mission Pyramid Cabinet Knob $9
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a bedroom featuring Reclaimed Wood
Alyssa Rosenheck for Nomad Collective

Reclaimed Wood

Not just for floors, this material is being used on furniture and walls to bring in a seasoned, rustic look to even the most contemporary of spaces.

Jayson Home Reclaimed Teak Stool
Jayson Home Reclaimed Teak Stool $195
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a kitchen with Industrial-Influenced Light Fixtures
Monica Wang Photography

Industrial-Influenced Light Fixtures

With a variety of designs that look like they could have come straight from a schoolhouse, a factory, or a train station, these vintage or vintage-looking fixtures are particularly popular in kitchens and dining areas.

Schoolhouse Electric Co. Factory Light No. 5
Schoolhouse Electric Co. Factory Light No. 5 $299
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a bathroom with a Tumbling Block
Alyssa Rosenheck for Jason Arnold Interiors

Tumbling Block

This geometric pattern seems to be everywhere lately, from cement tiles to pillows to artwork. Depending on the colors used, it can appear high-contrast and modern or classic and refined. This stunning example proves geometric tiling can be timeless and forever.

Zazzle Black and White Geometric Tile
Zazzle Black and White Geometric Tile $15
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a kitchen with Colorful Kilims
Studio McGee

Colorful Kilims

We love a good vintage kilim or bright contemporary version. They look great in bathrooms, in kitchens, as pillows—the list goes on. Typically woven in Middle Eastern countries, the rug carries various motifs that can signify its area of origin.

Lulu & Georgia Mirabelle Rug
Lulu & Georgia Mirabelle Rug $63
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a bedroom with Moroccan Wedding Blankets
The Parker Palm Springs

Moroccan Wedding Blankets

Also known as Handiras, Moroccan wedding blankets feature intricate rows of sequins and are woven from a combination of wool, cotton, and/or linen. Though they were originally created by the family of a bride-to-be, Western design enthusiasts have used these blankets as rugs, pillow covers, and more.

Cost Plus World Market Ivory Moroccan Style Wedding Blanket/Area Rug
Cost Plus World Market Ivory Moroccan Style Wedding Blanket/Area Rug $229
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So what’s your take? Am I in a premature panic that our beloved looks will soon be passé? Let me know in the comments.

This post was originally published on November 2, 2016, and has since been updated.

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