Who remembers the orange, squat wood stoves and avocado-green appliances? Or the dark wood-like laminated kitchen cabinets? There was the polished, plastic furniture; orange, brown, and green (icky green) large floral wall papers, and the shaggy carpets. Those were some of the home design trends from my childhood. At the time, homeowners everywhere thought they were at the height of style. They truly believed the styles were chic and timeless, not cringe-worth home designs. Today, we cringe and laugh at old photos of our childhood homes.
Chic And Timeless Home Design Trends
In the new millennium, we continue to seek our new and better styles and products to update our living space. Once the hottest products on the market are now ripped out and thrown in the dumpster. Kitchen laminate countertops are replaced with granite. Carpet is torn out and replaced with hard wood. And bathrooms gutted to make way for large showers, clear glass enclosures, and rain heads.
But which of the current design trends are chic and timeless and which are cringe-worth? In other words, which trends will our children tease us about in 30 years?
HGTV.com lists some of the current trends that we all seek out. Which do you want to hold on to and which are out?
Patterns come and go. Chintz, stripes, polka dots, or ivy vines have found their way into our homes at one time or another. All are out of style now. Chevron is the hottest pattern trend that will see its day.
Chalkboard is great and fun to incorporate into your interior. Unfortunately, it is everywhere! Over saturation makes chalkboard boring and dull. Perhaps small amounts of chalkboard in the home is great but, alas, it too will end as a trend.
I’m on the fence about this trend. I really like the look but fear it will fall out of style and be another of those “what were you thinking” trends.
Seriously? No one thinks these look comfortable. Not even a 2-year-old – they just fall off.
Large Letters And Word Wall Art
These are really fun and annoying all at once. Some are a little to rustic for my taste and I see that style going out of style. But the idea may be here to stay because they are unique and inspiring.
Remember dusty rose from the 80’s? Minty green and coral are the dusty rose of the new millenia. Some speculate cool grays are also on their way out but gray is a neutral and, therefore, here to stay in one form or another. Minty green and coral, however, well, your kids are going to have fun with that one.
Let’s not forget gold is everywhere. Metals fall in and out of favor a lot. Chrome was the height of decor fashion at one time. Then antique bronze. Now we’re back to the brass of the 1980’s. Find a metal you love and stick with it because sooner or later it will come back into style.
The best course of action to avoid cringe-worthy home decor is to stay with the classics and neutrals as your foundation pieces. Purchase good quality furniture with great lines in neutral fabrics (or a color you love). Add trends to the foundation pieces. Throw pillows, area rugs, vases, and other easy to replace pieces are great for trends.
This is best if you find yourself moving from one style to another too. At one time I was sure I loved French Country. Now I’m loving Southern Farmhouse. My favorite decor colors were brown and blue. Now I’m into robin’s egg blue, whites, and ecru. Using neutrals as a base sets you up to successfully navigate your changing tastes.