5 Outdated Design Trends You Need To Know
o keep your home relevant in today’s market, avoid design trends that age and make your home appear to be outdated. New ideas and concepts are constantly being built upon, so we understand how it can be difficult to keep up with modern design trends – design is always changing and evolving. Once you finally decide on the perfect design style, a newer and better style enters the conversation.
With that said, it’s important to use the designs and trends authentic to you and your space. The best homes are the homes that reflect their owners. If you love modern and contemporary styles, purchase furniture that reflects those themes. For a more relaxing and spacious room, choose neutral color paint for walls and let natural light in from your windows. When designing your home, you have several options of what style and trends you want to capture. All trends eventually go out of style, so it’s up to the homeowner to continually plan upgrades and renovations, and we’d like to recommend a polite pass on these styles below.
Theater Style Drapes
Update drapes by switching to a lighter curtain or other material. Over-stylized drapery with heavy swoops and fringe make your home look centuries older. If you have formal window coverings like blinds, sheers and drapes, you can experiment by removing one or more layers.
Solution: Forget the drapes and let the light in! If your windows are too bright without curtains or drapes, hang drapes and curtains at the standard height where the fabric falls gracefully.
A chic and classic design that’s meant for small spaces to look bigger. We’ve seen them in the kitchen, dining room and living rooms. Avoid putting clear furniture in rooms where they become the primary focus.
Solution: Limit the number of acrylic chairs and tables you have in a room; think accent piece vs. the whole set.
The biggest problem with granite is how busy and repetitive each design is. Be mindful of balance, harmony, and not having too much of the same material. The use of subtle patterns and textures showcase a room’s natural aesthetic and shape.
Solution: Update granite with ceramic, marble or quartz. Homeowners should make their decision based on the best material and resale value.
Improperly Scaled Lamps
Lamps that don’t provide enough light for a room are a waste of space. When updating a room, focus on the lights abilities and functions. Choose light fixtures and lamps that complement the neutral color scheme of a given room.
Solution: Create different layers of light including ambient, task and accent.
Matching Furniture Sets
“Matching furniture sets are an age-old problem and something I find in almost every residential project. There’s a general misconception that one must purchase matching ‘rooms’ of furniture. Often these are ‘must stay’ pieces because they were an investment or recently purchased. Breaking up furniture sets to achieve a new design is challenging, but your outcome is more texture.” -Davana Scarlett Greenamyer, Principal d.myer designs.
Solution: Furniture sets make a room lack depth, color, and textures. Swap a large piece of matching furniture and see the difference it makes in a room.