Don’t Buy Into These “Trends” About Home Decor
Home interiors are big business right now! There are a lot of websites, magazines, and showroom that are dedicated to parting you from your money in exchange for home products. Some stores that are known for other things like clothes are also expanding into the home decor and accessories market. The sheer volume of retailers offering items for the home means that there is a bewildering choice available. It also means that the interior design trends that we are exposed to change at an alarming rate. In fact, it is almost as if home trends change as quickly as fashion ones do! This make them very hard to keep up with! But there are some trends that are best not to buy into. Read on to find out more.
Don’t buy into this season latest fabric
So first on the list of home trends that you shouldn’t buy into is this season’s latest fabric. Whether it is chevrons or cacti, you should think twice before investing in fabrics that include this season’s designs. Yes, they can look super trendy for all of about a month. Then you are left with curtains and cushions that are already started to look dated.
If you must have this season fabric design incorporated into your home decor somehow, buy a piece off the roll. You can get these in most department stores. Then mount it in a picture frame. This way you aren’t spending too much money. You can make a bold statement, and most importantly, you can take it down when it’s no longer in vogue!
Do consider your fabric and color choices carefully
Instead of being lured in by the latest designs, it pays to think carefully about the fabric patterns and colors that you will use in your home decor. You should always pick colors and patterns that appeal to you personally. There is nothing worse than painting a room in a shade that you have chosen just because you have seen it in a magazine. Unless you plan to repaint every few months you are going to be stuck with that color for a long time. The same goes for any fabric you use.
Don’t buy into the latest style of bath
It is a regular sight to see some very elaborate and expensive bathrooms in the interior design media. Something that the seem to love at the moment is a new style of bath, especially the sunken baths.
To be fair, these do look amazing as then are sunken into the floor. This means they are more like a bathing pool that you would find in Roman times, than a bath from this era! Having said that while they are very pretty, are they practical?
Not only do you have the cost of the bath to pay out for, but also the added cost of the work that will need to be done on the bathroom as well. That is before you have the rest of the fitting replaced to match!
Do get a bath that is practical for your family
It’s is an unglamorous truth that for most of us when picking a bath, we need to put the practical before anything else. If you have a young family, you will want a bath that you can get to and clean without much hassle. Unfortunately, this makes sunken baths a poor choice.
Don’t feel like you have to install all sort of gadgets to keep your house warm
There are a lot of interior design developments that are concerned with regulating the temperature inside your home at the moment. There is special heat reflective glass to stop your rooms heating up too much inside. Or how about underfloor heating, so your toes are warm, even when you get out of bed in the night? The problems with these technologies are that they are still pretty expensive. That prices then out of the reach of most family homeowners.
Do tend to the basics like your boiler and AC
Luckily, you don’t need to have a home chocked full of all the latest gizmos and gadgets to keep it at a pleasant temperature. Most homes’ heating and cooling systems are reliant on simple things like a good quality furnace and AC.
Making sure these are well maintained is the key to keeping them running smoothly. That should and allow you to enjoy a temperate home without investing in a lot of high-tech materials.
Don’t fill up your home with bric-a-brac that you don’t actually like
Probably one of the most insidious home decor trends is the decorative accessory. It seems that every second shop in selling little bits and bobs to brighten up your home with. But before we chant “take our money,” let’s just take a minute to think about this, shall we?
You are spending your hard earned money on bits and bobs that the media tell you, you should like. But do you really? Do you need a rose gold terrarium for your life to be complete? Do you need a gloss plastic sculpture of a bulldog to make you happy? Do you need a picture wall full of vintage images that actually don’t mean anything to you? It’s time to ask ourselves, are we being sold the myth of style?
Do pick some choice accessories that have a sentimental meaning
Rather than filling your home with meaningless junk that you don’t actually like it’s a much better idea to display a few choice objects. These pieces should be rich in sentimental meaning. They should hold a memory or emotion for you. A family or wedding portrait will personalize a home. Choose something in black and white for a stylish but not too trendy edge.
Photographs or drawings of places that you have visited make great room decorations that actually have relevance to your life. Wouldn’t it be so much better to answer with something more interesting than ‘just because it looked nice,’ the next time some asks you about it?