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Ask Flipped: Could Exposed Wiring Be the Next Big Trend?

I was trying to expose some brick and it didn't go so well

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Dear Flipped,

A friend of mine recently chipped the plaster off one of the walls in her living room to expose the original brickwork underneath. It looks incredible, and her renovation was featured in a popular decor magazine. I was feeling pretty jealous, so I decided to take a page out of her book and chip the plaster off one of my walls. The only problem is, when I did, there was no brick underneath. I did the rest of the wall just in case but didn't find any brick, just a bunch of wires.

I was feeling pretty foolish, but then I came across a piece of writing that says that exposed brick is just a trend and that it's on the way out. So now I'm wondering, could exposed wiring be the next big thing? What do you think?

Fingers crossed,

Hopeful A Trendsetter


Dear HAT,

Hey, you never know! If this is going to become a real trend, though, it's on you to make it happen. Trends don't just appear out of nowhere. Essentially, what you have to do is convince everyone that everyone else is already doing it. Tell some restaurant managers that exposed wiring is what's happening in all the new luxury condos, and tell the condo developers that all the chic restaurants are doing it. Meanwhile, start pitching stories to decor websites and magazines about how the exposed wiring trends has gotten TOO BIG, and it's so annoying how everybody is copying you. The trick is to create a sense of urgency and make it all spread fast enough that everybody has already torn down their plaster before they realize they were duped.

Hope that helps!


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