5 Ways to Incorporate Home Decorating Trends (without being trendy)


Everyone has his/her own style, which is awesome and what makes people unique and inspiring and yada yada yada. But sometimes, a trend will pop up that resonates with us...many of us...for one reason or another.
 
Of course, we can't swap out our entire home decor to go along with that trend (thank goodness...can you imagine?), nor would we want to. But there are ways to incorporate trends into our homes and lives without being trendY. Here are some decorating ideas for doing just that:
 
Trend: Chevron
We've all loved this arrestingly graphic pattern, right? But instead of turning our entire homespace into a senses-assaulting array of zigzaggety-ness (don't worry; I have an English degree. I'm allowed, nay, encouraged to make up words; the more suffixes, the better), it's good to use relatively small and/or deliberate doses of chevron. Throw pillows, for example, are perfect. Buy (etsy or Hobby Lobby, for example) or make 'em yourself. It doesn't get much easier than that.


Premier Prints Black and White Chevron Pillow Cover- 18x18 inches- Hidden Zipper Closure
etsy


Trend: Trendy Colors
Emerald green has been heralded of the color of 2013, which is fine. I like green. But whatever the color-of-the-moment may be, one easy way you can incorporate it without breaking the bank is to use paint chips in one artistic form or another. This allows you to use as much of the color as you want, in a variety of hues and tones, and *bonus* it's a total DIY deal. Which happens to be one of my favorite things.
 
paint chip art
 
 
Trend: Ombre
I'm guilty of wanting to ombre-cize my house from top to bottom, I'll be honest. But hooray for me (and for all of you who visit here), I've refrained from doing so. This trend is particularly effective on one primary item in a space (e.g., furniture, bedding), and a little bit goes a long way as far as visual impact is concerned. Lots of bang for your gradient-laden buck.
 
ombre dresser
 
 
Trend: Neon
What child of the 80s isn't happy to see this one come around? Although, I must say that this trend, more than most, is one to approach with cautious enthusiasm. I don't think I need to explain where overdosing on neon could lead. (Blindness, for starters...) However, when used in carefully selected ways, neon of any color is exciting, energizing, and, well, fun. It's NEON, for heaven's sake! An especially impactful way to incorporate neon is via lighting, like this ghost chandelier. Modern, cheery, bright, but not in-your-face-blinking-OPEN-sign neon. Perfect.
 
not on the high street
 
 
Trend: Ikat
So, ikat has been around forever, but it seems to have made a recent(ish) debut in everyday homes. As a textile, it's easy to use ikat on throw pillows, bedding, etc. But I also (rather?) suggest incorporating it onto upholstered furniture as well, as an unexpected pop of free-moving pattern and color. I happen to love this little chair, for example; it took all of 20 minutes to reupholster the seat from an orangey suede to this hardy ikat. Bingo.
 
ikat chair

So, there you have it. Five simple ways to effectively use trends to freshen your space without being trendilicious. Do you have other quick, easy, and/or inexpensive ideas? I'd love to hear!
 
 
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12 comments:

  1. I think pillows are probably the easiest way, at least around our house. By the time they're worn out, I'm ready to jump on the next bandwagon.

    Plus they're usually not as expensive as other trendy things.

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    1. Amen. And also? I'm glad that throw pillows get "worn out" at your house too...around here, the things double as swords AND shields in Dad vs. Kids wars. :)

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  2. I think candles are fun to add color with - they are cheap, too. I like the pillows idea - you can stitch up a couple in no time if you sew. Also, I love looking at Target - they seem to get a lot of knock off home decor stuff and then put it on clearance right away. Sometimes it's not something you'd want, sometimes it is!

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    1. Oooh, candles. Hadn't thought of that--good call. And also? I rue the days that Target never built close to where I live. (Which ends up being a little bit of rue every day.) Love that place!

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  3. I want your red shoes. They're cute and I love how they made it into the last photo!

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    1. These red shoes found their way into a massive snow drift, just this morning. They love an adventure, that's for sure! (And, apparently, an ikat chair...)

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  4. These are great tips for anyone! I especially want to put them "in action" to help my elderly parents make their house not look so old-person-ish when they put it on the market in a few weeks.

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    1. That's a great idea! A few small changes/updates can make a huge difference in how a space feels. Good luck!

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  5. Pillows, fabric & paint make a big difference when decorating. I love the chevron pillow & ombre dresser. Thanks for sharing & linking up with me this week @ DearCreatives.com Hope to see you again this week or soon! Theresa

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    1. Paint - good call, Theresa. Makes a huge difference for very little cost!

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  6. some really nice additions to enhance the look of a room, i just love using pillows or circular rugs to add a lot to a space

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