Interior design trends come and go, but a home filled only with trendy decor risks looking outdated as soon as the next trend comes along. On the other hand, spaces designed with just timeless, traditional pieces can feel uninspired and lack personality. The key is striking a thoughtful balance between enduring and of-the-moment.
When using trends, apply them through inexpensive décor items and accent pieces. Paint a single bold accent wall in a trendy hue or use trendy patterns in pillows, rugs, and other fabrics. This prevents you from having to redo entire rooms when the trend fades. Focus more expensive, permanent elements like furnishings and cabinetry on versatility and longevity.
Evaluate each trend against your personal style. Not every trend will suit your tastes. For example, if your style is modern and sleek, the return of ornate, frilly décor may not mesh well. Adapt trends in a way that flatters your design aesthetic for a polished look. If you love farmhouse style, inject rustic wood accents and vintage-inspired fabrics into the industrial trend for balance.
Look for versatile pieces that transcend trends. A mid-century style sofa with clean lines versus one with flashy patterned upholstery is more likely to work in a variety of décor styles. Seek out furniture, lighting, and accent pieces with simple silhouettes, natural materials, and subtle rather than bold colors. These tend to outlast trends.
When adding trendy accents, resist the urge to overdo it. If every item in a room screams of-the-moment, you’ll tire of it quickly. Mix trendy accents throughout a thoughtfully decorated space for balance. For example, paint the walls a trendy sage green, then layer in traditional furnishings and timeless artwork. The room feels current yet classic.
Use restraint with expensive statement and luxury pieces. An ornate ceiling light or bold velvet sofa suit short-term trends less. Opt for customizable pieces like sectional sofas where you can change up the configuration. Invest more in flexible foundational items and splurge on new throw pillows each season to incorporate trends.
Evaluate the longevity of any trendy item before committing. Some trends like macramé and brass last for years while others fade fast. Follow designers on social media to get a sense of upcoming trends and estimate lifespan. Consider cost per use—a trendy item you’ll enjoy for years offers better value than one tossed after a few months.
When mixing eras and styles, maintain cohesion through the color palette, materials, and proportion. A mid-century sofa and Louis XVI chair share sleek profiles that complement each other despite the style differences. Repeating wood tones and tactile fabrics throughout provides flow.
Above all, make choices based on your lifestyle and needs. A family room should prioritize durability and easy maintenance overstaying on-trend. Let your personal design vision guide you over fads. Remodeling for resale? neutrals and classic style take priority.
By starting with versatile foundational elements anchored in your own style, thoughtfully weaving in trends, and focusing on long-term use over temporary appeal, you can enjoy both the excitement of what’s new and the comfort of timeless decor. Achieve that harmonious balance and you’ll create a welcoming space to enjoy for years to come.