I have a pet peeve …
I am noticing a real pressure to embrace highly publicized design trends.
Has anyone else noticed this?
I was part of a google hangout last Thursday hosted by Sharon Hines of Mrs. Hines Class.
You can watch the hangout here if you missed it.
We discussed trends for 2013, what they are and how to use them…
This year has brought some beautiful trends and I was pleased to be part of the discussion.
There was a great variety in the panel from designers to bloggers in the decor/diy fields.
It was fun and informative
I noticed something during the hangout… I feel like people are thinking their homes won’t be current if they don’t embrace these trends…
More importantly, I got the impression that some people think their homes not being “current” is a problem.
When did this happen? Have I been under a rock?
My opinion has always been that your home should be a reflection of you,
a place to relax and feel comfortable.
A place to “BE”.
Why is there such pressure to stay current?
Now, don’t get me wrong, I am in the design business…
and I love helping clients redo their homes.
Lets face it, things do get tired and need to be refreshed.
We get bored of colours and want a change.
Fantastic! I am your gal… lets have some fun!
Here is where I get miffed…
Just because this is the year that you are going to redo your living room that does not mean you have to do it in EMERALD GREEN
What?… I don’t?
No, you don’t!
Maybe you don’t like gold and navy ( personally, I think it’s the most fantastic sub trend this year but guess what… I am not incorporating it in my home… because it doesn’t fit in my home.)
Trends are an indicator of what will be readily available in the marketplace.
So, if you have been looking for brass pulls for your cabinet hardware for the last ten years and frustrated with how limited the selection has been… now is the time to go shopping!
The range of choices will be far better this year.
If on the other hand, you hated brass when it was in your parents house growing up then PLEASE don’t put it in your home JUST because it is “IN’, chances are you will tire of it quickly and feel guilty for wanting to replace it again.
My suggestion is simple.
Unless you adore a trend, only invest what you can afford to change out again next year.
Try it in small doses first….
A few pillows on the couch.
Wallpaper the back of a cabinet with a graphic print in an on trend colour…
Paint a vintage piece…
Have fun , play with it… but forget about the pressure!
Trends come and go. They can be inspiring, charming and beautiful but they are no substitute for figuring out your own personal style and surrounding yourself in it…
There is nothing that compares to walking into your home and feeling a connection and reflection of who you are as a person.
Don’t let anyone or any trend dictate what that is for you.