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

Trends she thinks are bound to become outdated soon include rustic country themes and small-scale pictures and accessories in big rooms.

She says she tells her clients that the “main course” of home design is more important than keeping up with trends. People shouldn't spend thousands of dollars on a home renovation that might be out of style in a few years.

“If you spend that kind of money on that trendy thing, then in four or five years you're gonna come back and you're gonna have to spend that money again … so you have to always be careful with trends that come in and go out and not to do the ‘main course' in that,” Mrs. Yount says.

Instead, she recommends that clients include a mix of traditional and current trends in their homes using smaller pieces, such as throw pillows, wall art, fabrics or even inexpensive pieces of furniture.

“Then if you're done with it the next season, you're not out of a lot of money,” she says. “… You can have a beautiful home on a modest budget.”

She says colors like bright greens and deep purples are currently popular but might not be in a few years because they aren't neutrals. Homeowners should include these colors in small doses through accessories and pops of paint that can be changed out easily as color trends come and go.

Despite their tendency to heavily promote trends that could become overdone, Mrs. Yount says she thinks websites like Pinterest are a good way for both designers and homeowners to get new ideas.

“I think it inspires people to improve their homes, improve their looks, improve their way of living,” she says.

If your home is in need of an upgrade, a good way to avoid design overkill is to start with a basic source of inspiration, then make it your own instead of recreating a spread from a website or magazine. Mix in pieces you already own and resist the temptation to splurge on something that might become outdated in a couple years, unless it's money you don't mind parting with.

After all, trendy or not, home decor is a reflection of individual personality. As long as it's something you're happy with, then your work is done.

Brooke VanCleave can be reached at brooke.vancleave@newspressnow.com. Follow her on Twitter: @SJNPVanCleave.

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