Decorating Trends come and go but how do we keep up?!?!
Keep one simple thing in mind …
be happy + be comfortable in your home
Intentional Designs core belief, be happy + comfortable in your home
Really if you have that you have everything.
But I know its not that simple to decorate a home or business it takes time, thoughtful decisions and expertise to learn and understand what products are available.
On Trend: Ikat prints a design steeped in tradition …
Decorating Trends usually stem from iconic designs or moments then are redesigned for todays needs.
Trends are interesting + fun … they make sense + they’re worth keeping up on.
Sometimes trends last a year and sometimes many years and as we all know they seem to swing back around.
It’s all up to you if you’ll incorporate a trend or take a pass.
Renovate to achieve an open concept floor plan …
The average redesign of a space is every 5-7 years.
Even if you don’t change your style most often we like to add something to breathe new life into our homes, an instant update.
A lot of my work incorporates homeowners current pieces; having the ability to design a space utilizing my clients treasured pieces is truly joyful. It’s also way more challenging than beginning with a blank space and honestly that happens rarely.
I was at a retail store looking at area rugs for a client, a women joined me in the isle she was searching for a bath mat and was frustrated that she couldn’t figure out what to buy knowing it’s not a huge difficult decision but a design decision non the less.
We chatted and I helped her get to her decision point, it was super fun for me and certainly not a new scenario after 20 years in design so I know it’s difficult.
Choose to add a pop of current color … see Pantone color of the Year 2016
So how do we handle trends?!?
For example: the dreaded I just purchased that “area rug” and now the pattern is supposedly not on trend any longer???? But I love it …
If you love the area rug …
Design of a space usually combines many elements, so chances are if you love the area rug keep it, it becomes part of the history and if it just went off the trend list you probably have a bit of a grace period before you’ll feel it’s too out-dated for you.
If that’s just not the option for you move the rug to a secondary space; a bedroom or home office this way you can still enjoy it but without the nagging thought of it not being on trend.
Look at your space as a whole and layer layer layer …
Layering pieces in your room creates a whole room design and will take the focus off the area rug.
So, keep the area rug then add accessories …
layer it with another area rug
add large cocktail ottoman
bring in some fun accessories such as pillows to bring you eye up and around the room
create balance in color and texture with window draperies
or commit to a new paint color. See Sherwin-Williams Color of the Year 2016.
Or maybe it’s time to update … let this be the catalyst for your change.
In the late 90’s I had wallpaper in my kitchen. Then one day I was watching Candice Olson on HGTV when she declared that in her redesign of this particular space the wallpaper was outdated and needed to come down … it was the exact wallpaper I had in my kitchen! That weekend my wallpaper came down! I knew it was past it’s prime and this was just the push I needed to make the change.
Store the piece away or donate it.
I like the idea of storing a piece before deciding to get rid of it, if you don’t have space ask someone who does.
My husband has been hanging onto a perfectly good area rug for a very long time now it just doesn’t work in our home any longer. He has tried to give it to our sons but no takers. So I’m hoping some day he will decide to donate it, until then it’s in our storage area.
So I’ll leave you with a favorite movie clip of mine Miranda from The Devil Wears Prada …
It’s Friday! I hope you’ve had a good week,
and as always thanks for sharing your week with me ~ Nancy
be happy + be comfortable in your home