Design Trends

Posted by on Mar 25, 2015 in Color, Furnishings, Space |

I get asked about design trends fairly regularly.  People seem curious about them, and there are color trend seminars every year (often sponsored by paint companies).

Personally, I don’t pay much attention to the trends.  Unless you have a completely empty house to fill, you probably shouldn’t either (unless it’s just intellectual curiosity, which I’d NEVER want to stifle!)  Chances are that even if you want to do some design work in your home (with or without the assistance of an interior designer) you will be using one, some or many pieces that you already own (including artwork).  Some of them can be modified (reupholstering a sofa, stripping and refinishing a cabinet, re-matting and reframing a picture, for example) but mostly, you’ll be using pieces you have the way they look right now.  Those are the colors you need to work with, and it’s likely that the newest color trend isn’t going to coordinate very well with those pieces.

Also, even if you do a room “from scratch,” if you follow the current trend/fad, it’s going to look tired and dated in a couple of years.  Will you be ready to redo that room at that time?  Dressing your room is not like dressing yourself.  I don’t know about how the rest of the world handles this, but I own clothing that I end up wearing for a decade or more.  If I DO purchase something extremely trendy, it is usually inexpensive and doesn’t hold up, anyway.  (As you can tell, I don’t spend tens of thousands of dollars on clothing in a year!)

I’m going to paraphrase another designer (whose name I can’t remember, and I can’t find the article I read at this time, so If you know who said this, please attribute it to her!):  Interior furnishings aren’t meant to be replaced in a year or two or maybe even five—they’re supposed to be with you for a long time.

Please make your selections wisely.  If you don’t know how to do that on your own, call me.  I can help.