Some decorating trends just need to go

In the world of decorating and design, the Internet and television help promote popular colors, patterns, products and do-it-yourself tips for the novice home decorator. Unfortunately, this sometimes results in trend overkill.
BY BROOKE VAN CLEAVE St. Joseph News-Press, Mo. Published: January 28, 2013
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Whether it's food, fashion or home decor, trends are meant to come and go quickly. When choosing how to decorate a house, keeping with current trends might seem like the best option, but what happens when those trends change and you're stuck with outdated style?

In the world of decorating and design, the Internet and television help promote popular colors, patterns, products and do-it-yourself tips for the novice home decorator. Unfortunately, this sometimes results in trend overkill.

John Brock, design consultant and owner of jBROCK/DesignCo., is a contemporary designer who spends a lot of his free time researching current trends to keep up with market changes. He thinks the popularity of sites like Pinterest.com make home decorating popular, but they also have caused some design choices to become too mainstream.

“Most unique and creative designs will not be found on Internet sites. Consult a professional or read through decor and design magazines and decide what fits your personal style best,” he says.

Mr. Brock says many trends that were popular in 2012 will seem outdated this year because of how rapidly design tastes change. One trend he would like to see phased out is family tree walls.

“These have become very popular in the past couple of years. It is a trend, and in my opinion family photos are great, but should be kept more simple. A wall filled with pictures is very overbearing and distracting in any home environment,” Mr. Brock says.

Other trends he thinks are on their way out include Navajo-style rugs, heavy-pattern wallpaper, artificial flowers, rustic kitchens, and owls and birds.

“They appeared on everything from throw pillows to blankets and even figurines,” Mr. Brock says of owl and bird accessory popularity.

He also points out that many contemporary home designs favor a cleaner, sleeker feel, especially in kitchens.

New trends he envisions for 2013 are brass fixtures, fresh flowers and the color emerald.

Tabitha Yount, owner of Elegant Interiors by Tabitha Yount, considers herself a more traditional designer because she prefers pieces that are timeless and will last throughout the years.

“Things that were in 100 years ago, they're still gonna be in in 100 years. Those are the type of things we try to go for,” she says.

For Yount, examples of timeless design include red and yellow color palettes, neutral wall colors, good quality fabrics and mixing antique furniture with contemporary accessories.

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