Why is the distressed look still so popular?

KD Redlowske
by KD Redlowske
Everywhere I look on Home Talk that is all people are doing to their furniture, is there anything that is mid-century modern or currently this century?
  7 answers
  • Rosalie Rogers Rosalie Rogers on Jun 05, 2017
    There is no accounting for the distressed look in home decor. I for one do not like the work involved in distressing anything. I prefer clear, clean, and new lines in my home decor and have nothing distressed, only what is hidden in my basement. I know a lot of homeowners who find distressing not their cup of tea but they are not about to mention their preferences. If I wanted something distressed, I would just hunt down an actual vintage piece and let it be as distressed as it should be. Not faux distressed. Just one with you KD.

  • Sandra Allen Sandra Allen on Jun 05, 2017
    I love it because I don't like modern designs. But I don't distress either. I buy what I can afford and usually it's already showing it's age!! But I am a wicker girl all the way and have a lot in my home. It's all a matter of taste. I have this old window frame that didn't need any help. It's one of my favorite pieces as I love anything shabby or farmhouse.

  • Suzette Suzette on Jun 05, 2017
    Hi KD, Distressed furniture creates a relaxed feel in the home. Not so formal and stuffy. Although it's not everyone's cup of tea. I personally like a nice mix of both new and old with my own re purposed work sprinkled through out the house. Here's a nice link to what is trending now! https://stylebyemilyhenderson.com/blog/13-living-room-design-trends-for-2016-and-how-we-feel-about-them

  • KD Redlowske KD Redlowske on Jun 05, 2017
    I understand your reply, but really would like to add that just because it's distressed does not necessarily make it relaxed. I believe it's actually the people in the home that would be either relaxed or stuffy. Just a thought.

  • Patricia Patricia on Jun 06, 2017
    Hometalk has lots of projects that don't have distressed finishes including mid-century modern. How boring would it be if we all had the same style? Variety is the spice of life! http://www.hometalk.com/search/posts?filter=mid%20century%20modern

  • Fiddledd224 Fiddledd224 on Jun 06, 2017
    Finally! Someone who agrees with me on this! I, too am tired of the distressed/shabby chic look--- it's also in just about every craft/hobby store you go to. Definite overload! I would mix in some simple furniture pieces with clean lines (Ikea?) and add modern accessories (light fixtures and area rugs) for starters. It "distresses" me that people want to "hack" Ikea pieces and make them something else.... when it looks great just the way it is...... go with your instincts here and buy what makes you happy. Luckily fads change. Even shag carpet came back into style (haha!) after a while.

  • Maria Tessier Maria Tessier on Sep 06, 2022

    I dont like it i paint my furnture a solid color and if i miss a spot i touch it up cant stand it when it chips ...solid soft pink i painted my fireplace ...