Home Decor Trends You Should Avoid
Home decor is like high fashion. It is constantly evolving and changing. It’s hard to pick up an interior design magazine and not envision some of these stunning looks in your own home. While there are some aspects of home décor that are great in any home, there are some you may live to regret, and some may be expensive to change. Others may not seem expensive, but fall into the category of kitschy and too much of that can be expensive too. Here are some home décor trends you may regret in 5 years.
1. Reflective Finishes
Mirror finishes are quite popular at the moment and in all fairness, they do look good. However, unless you are a super clean freak, the novelty of these reflective finishes will wear off very fast. Mirror finishes are high maintenance which means you will spend many hours cleaning and polishing them to keep their pristine appearance. You may enjoy doing this at first but after a few months? Not so much. If you have little kids then you can practically forget about keeping these clean and free of fingerprints. If you even last 5 years, you’ll want to change them fast.
2. White Kitchens
You’ve got to wonder who thought it would be a good idea to install a completely white kitchen with white or stainless-steel appliances. The kitchen is the most used room in the house and with all the cooking going on, it is most frequently the hardest to keep clean. Not only that, all that white looks cold and sterile. After many years of desperately trying to keep your white kitchen spotless, you will definitely question the wisdom of this home décor trend just because it looked good in a magazine. Here’s a secret – most people with white kitchens rarely cook in them. They are just for show.
3. Signage, Chalkboards & Word Art
Yeah, we get it. Those oversized letters in the kitchen spell “EAT” because you’re in the kitchen and the chalkboards in the dining room are there to let everyone know what you’re serving for dinner. As for word art, it’s time to put it to rest. Covering every space in your home with words and letters may have been cute for a while but enough already. Everyone bought into this trend but it’s time to move on. Instead, you can have a simple essential oil diffuser or a unique wall clock as a functional decoration.
4. Dark Walls & Accent Walls
For quite a while having a darker wall or one with accents was the ‘in-thing’ and it probably gave the room a little depth and warmth. In 5 years, you’re going to look at those walls with dread and regret. Before too long, you’ll want to brighten the room with a light, neutral color and add some decorative elements like pictures in nice frames. Even worse is if you wallpapered your accent wall. The design may have looked good when you put it up but after 5 years it’s going to look shabby and outdated.
5. Matching Furniture
For a seamless look, make sure your couches, dining room chairs, and even outdoor furniture all match. Looks good, right? Wrong. This looks clinical, institutional, and boring. You may not see it now, but in 5 years you will look around your living, dining, and outdoor areas and cringe. Show a bit of your personality and mix and match your furniture. You don’t even need the same upholstery in one room. Matching couches are fine, as an example, but mix up the look with a few different colored ottomans.
6. The Mason Jars
When Mason jars started appearing in homes as part of décor it was charming, rustic, and cute. After a few years, it seems most homeowners never threw out a single mayonnaise or jam jar but repurposed it for yet another decoration in the home. It may have added a bit of farmhouse chic for a while, but after 5 years you’re going to wonder why you didn’t throw out those jars when you used up the jam. It’s time to consider more variety again.
7. Fake Plants & Oversized Silk Flowers
The oversized silk flower trend is finally done and dusted. The trouble is, after 5 years all they are is dusty with a look and smell like the ones you hated looking at when you visited your grandmother. And those fake cacti and other plants? They look even more fake after 5 years. Real plants look so much better and yes, they do need care but fake plants and silk flowers will always look fake. You are far better off getting real plants that are low maintenance.
Do Your Own Thing
Home décor should be a reflection of you so you should never aspire to match yours with something you saw in a magazine or at your friend’s home. Keep your home décor simple and look for timeless pieces that won’t annoy you after a few years and that will increase the value of your home. If you must look at home interior magazines, use them for inspiration, not for replication the exact same look in your home.