Whether you’re talking about new construction or home remodeling, one of the biggest decisions you will make when it comes to home decorating is the style you choose for your home.
When it comes to design choices, we always advise our clients to opt for classics rather than trendy design, no matter if their style is contemporary, traditional or modern, and here’s why:
Trends Date Quickly
Every year, Pantone chooses a color of the year. (This year, they chose two - rose quartz and serenity - which was pretty unique and newsworthy.) You can view the colors here! The point is, there’s at least one new “color of the year” every year. What makes the cut this year will be old news by next year.
Home decorating trends are the same. Styles that are cutting edge and high fashion this year are old news by next year, and – unlike paint on your walls – major design elements aren’t always easy to change.
Only Upgrades Add Value
If you do opt for trendy design and home decorating options, they will almost certainly be dated within a few years. If you’re decorating to add value to your home long term, then that will be money wasted. It’s always a good idea to choose timeless, classic design features that will still look good in 10 or 15 years, rather than trendy options that will look old in five.
The money you invest in home décor only pays for itself if it’s still an upgrade when you decide to sell your home. After all, anyone who has seen the orange, brown and avocado design choices that were trendy in the ‘70s knows that trends are not your friend!
In the automotive industry, those in the know will never buy a new model from any car maker in the first year or two of release. That’s because it takes time for auto manufacturers to work out the bugs and fix major design flaws.
The same is true with everything from new construction products to cutting-edge appliances. It takes time to get the design completely right, and while it may be trendy to choose new products when they are released, chances are good that the products will be even better after being refined for a few years.
Finally, when it comes to major design elements, you want to avoid brand new or trendy products or finishes, simply because the people and companies who install them probably haven’t had the time to polish their technique. If you wait a while, you’ll give those companies time to perfect their installation or application, and you’ll get better products and results for your money.
Classic Basics, Trendy Accents
If you want home décor that is a good investment and that will stand the test of time, the golden rule is to choose high-quality, classic basics (flooring, cabinets, tile, countertops) and add trendy elements with easily replaceable items (paint, soft furnishings, light fixtures). You’ll get more bang for your buck and you will still be able to update the look of your home every year without compromising on long-term value.