I’m a pretty new interior designer.
I spent several years in school studying different interior styles.
I have some that I’ve loved (contemporary condo, old-world estate, Hollywood regency, cozy dollhouse and many more). But there is one particular style- and I hope I don’t offend you- that I absolutely cannot stand and that’s the Fifth Avenue Style. I know that Hollywood movies really enjoy the Fifth Avenue Style because it’s really easy to make sets out of. The Fifth Avenue Style is overcrowded and makes it easy to add dept to movies. The Fifth Avenue Style also allows visual mediums to communicate opulence and decadence with the sets in the background. I get it. I really do. As a visual, Fifth Avenue Style creates a strong image. However, when it comes to actually decorating a home, I fail to see how the Fifth Avenue Style has any place in an actual home. Think about it. Every single item in a proper Fifth Avenue Style home is extremely expensive, placed in random locations and is nearly impossible to replace. How people in the past actually lived in Fifth Avenue style homes astounds me to this day. The Fifth Avenue Style is less like a home and more like a museum. And who would want to live in a museum? Maybe you have a different opinion of the Fifth Avenue Style. If so, don’t be afraid to comment. I have to tell you, though, I’m really not a fan of this design. Especially today. Maybe for a historic home tour, but that’s it.