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Design trends are tricky because they come and go. How can you hang onto what you love, and transition into the next home design phase easily? Take a look here.

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Interior design trends can be just as fleeting as other fads like clothing and music. Sometimes, they don’t withstand the test of time as well as we’d like. Because of this, it’s hard to stay up to date with current design trends without a complete makeover of your home.

However, with a few tips, you can take your out-of-date interior décor (that you probably secretly love), and tweak it so that you can transition it into something new when the time comes. Here’s how to do it.

1. Keep up-to-date on the latest trends

For those who place importance on trends in the first place, they also know that pursuing trends for home décor is always going to be a moving target. Whether it’s something functional or purely aesthetic, knowing the latest trends to keep a your home looking chic and fashionable is always the first step to knowing how to update a space from a trend from yesterday to one that is today.

Many people who see (or don’t see) their home fall out of the trendiness realm, do so as a result of thinking that something is “always in style”. This isn’t necessarily always true. Many trends are cyclical, so no matter how you choose to get your information, via Internet, magazine, or friend, make sure you get it regularly. Then, you’re empowered to add those new touches to your space that will bring it into the now, even if it’s just a little bit at a time.

2. Make each room a little different

You don’t want to throw your eggs in one basket by changing every room to meet the latest designs (even if that’s feasible, budget-wise!). Instead, add elements gradually to each room. This year, textured wallpaper is the craze. So, rather than re-doing each room, try it in one room to see how you feel about it. Then, change other rooms accordingly.

3. Wood, the timeless classic

Wood is one of the few of interior design that seems to always remain on-trend, maybe because it resonates with us on an instinctive level somehow. The only difference over the eras is how it’s been presented. If you love your wood floors, don’t fret. Often, trends are just a new look, such as painted wood rather than varnished wood or wider planks instead of narrower ones.

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Jasper Engineered Hardwood – Handscraped Birch Collection “Sunset” from BuildDirect

Because it’s easily changeable, wood is a great piece to have in your house to just tweak the look a bit without being too drastic.

4. Don’t be afraid to let go (or hold on)

The biggest hurdle in interior design is intractability; the inability to change because your space is locked into a design. This can mean holding onto dated furniture even if you don’t have an emotional attachment to it, or letting go of something that has a lot of potential just because it doesn’t fit within a rigid decor context. Remember that all your furniture, wall decor, and other items are easily changeable when the right creative vision is applied.

Sometimes, it’s just a matter of borrowing from a trend rather than applying it broadly. Something like a Moroccan pouf adds trendiness and color to an otherwise drab room, or adding a piece of modern furniture to an antique setup or out-dated relics shows knowledge and taste of both the old and the modern.

5. Trust your instincts

It’s your space. So, trust your instincts. Do you really want to end up having a home that adheres to a trend, but doesn’t really jibe with your life, or your personality?

Use your own tastes and creativity and match them with the modern trends that appeal to you most in order to make something truly one-of-kind. Your guests will love it, and so will you. It will reflect the trend you love. But, it will help you create a space that is wholly yours, too.

Acceptance of change

Evolving your interior design and modifying it to a trend doesn’t have to take tons of time or money. But rather an acceptance of change, even if it’s a gradual one, is a good place to start. In the end when it comes to trends of any sort, what is in is up to you.

You’re not going to love every new thing that comes along. But the trends, patterns, color combinations, and other design elements that design home decor you do enjoy are more easily incorporated when you’ve got a plan.

 

 

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Cate Morgan-Harlow

Cate Morgan-Harlow is an all arounder, writing about how-to, DIY, and design with gusto. She is a shadowy figure with a mysterious past.