We’re fresh into the New Year, and many of us are still dedicating time and money to our beloved homes. So, here are 7 home décor trends that often fill people with regret. Make this year your year, with home inspiration and guidance tips to see you through.
When an open shelved look is first put together and pre-lived in, it looks incredibly quirky. But after just a few weeks, your open shelves could be the most unforgivable and impractical choice for your home.
This trend is often used in kitchens to display matching pots, pans, pasta jars and much more. While open shelving is beautiful, the truth is that everything on the shelf sits exposed to your inevitable kitchen grime and grease.
Open shelving may look idyllic in the magazines, but in reality, you regularly have to dust your plates and cookware before you use them. And as we know, anything that sits close to the kitchen stove will be prone to collecting grease and dirt as well.
An easier way of showing off your cookware collection could be with glass door cabinets or cupboards with a small shelf for not often used display items. This protective layer will save you and your guests time where you would have all been re-washing everything with the open shelving.
Temporary trends on permanent structures
Trendy patterns won’t stay in style forever, so the lesson here is don’t make permanent decisions based on temporary trends.
Out-there/maximalist trends are becoming more prevalent in recent years. And while block colours and busy patterns might bring out your adventurous side, they might be something you wished you’d have made temporary (after only a few months).
There are plenty of trends out there to inspire us and our home interior decisions, but many of them don’t last. A pattern can be fun to look at, but attaching the concept to your countertops, tiles, or floors might be something you’ll live to regret.
It’s fun to keep up with trends and experiment with décor placement and colour schemes. But, if you are thinking of taking the plunge with a bold trend choice, make sure you only apply it to easily-changeable things. Accessories such as planters, lampshades, throws or small rugs can be a cheaper/more accessible way of reworking the space while the trend is hot.
A wise route for you trend-gazers is to create a consistently plain layout. The neutral base acts as a template and is easily changeable with busy prints and bedsheet patterns. A subtle background, paint colour, worktop or sofa colour can act as your base, while your accessories tell another story!
Make sure to only fill your boots with Maximalism additions that you can chop and change. And remember that a trend won’t hold its popularity forever- many rarely do. Let small purchases make a massive impact rather than investing in permanent structures that’ll hold you down and age your kitchen immediately.
While many of us love the fresh and pristine look of a white carpet, there are many downsides to this quite-permanent decision. The expense of carpet labour and material isn’t one you want to commit to regularly- that’s why it’s essential to stay wise. White carpet is aesthetically pleasing and lightens up a room, but not for long.
Carpets are easy to get dirty, and while the stains only take seconds to embed, you’ll spend the rest of the carpet’s life trying to correct it/cover it up with furniture. White floors are too easy to get dirty and near impossible to maintain. We know what prolonged damage children, guests, and four-legged friends can achieve. It only takes a few muddy paws and footprints to create a permanent darkened pathway in your once-pristine floor.
If your heart is set on that white, crisp carpet to complete your interior vibe, maybe wooden floors with some white rugs might be a safer option? This way, when the rugs (ideally with stain-resistant properties) lose their whiteness, you can take them to get cleaned and refreshed. This nifty option is much cheaper and just as aesthetically pleasing.
All-grey interior décor has been a hit trend for a while now, and while we’re all still in love with the concept, there’s something people aren’t doing quite right.
It’s essential that if you create an all-grey interior, you must include pops of colour to make the design trend work. These pops of colour create a flow, completing the grey collection.
We recommend a statement piece of furniture to prevent the all-grey room from becoming a faded one. With grey walls, make sure to add colourful accents or a statement of some kind to add depth and interest. Some contrast is healthy against a solid one colour platform.
Laminate wood-effect flooring
The main concern with laminate flooring is value for money, dangerousness, and sustainability.
Wood-effect laminate does not always feel or look anything like wood. It’s often very slippy and dangerous when we consider non-grip shoes or soft socks. One thing we need from our home is to feel safe and balanced. So, perhaps laminate isn’t the way to go.
And, when it comes to sustainability, if this kind of floor surface gets damaged, the only option is to cover the damage with furniture or replace it entirely. Laminate flooring could turn out to be an expensive and inconvenient design flaw.
There are many alternatives to wood-effect flooring. Wood floor options such as Bamboo are more likely to hold their long-term value and be sustainable, with no danger or loss of expense.
Low-hanging light fittings
Low-hanging light fittings can be another impractical option for your home, creating problems and inconveniences for you and your guests.
While this looks like a super-quirky and fun way to carry light through the room, this is also the reason you’ll regularly bump your head when serving food to your dining table. Low-hanging fixtures can cause hazards and injuries in spaces that are supposed to feel joyful and relaxing.
Make sure to consider the height of your ceilings when choosing light fittings. Practicality should overrule any interior decision, no matter how aesthetically persuasive they are. A common area to hang low light fixtures is above kitchen islands and dining tables, but realistically, these are still areas you need to get things done without a bump on the head.
Dark wood flooring
Dark wood can make a room and is usually an elegantly chic interior choice. However, such a dark shade of wood makes it easy for the human eye to spot dust and wear and tear.
We have to deal with the natural dirt that carries in our homes, but many of us have different ways of disguising it (without taking part in unattainable upkeep). Lighter woods expose more distractive tones that don’t show up marks, dust or general imperfections as obviously. And carpet flooring, of course, is a dust catcher rather than a displayer.
Dark wood is particularly strenuous to maintain if your house is a home to pets, kids, or frequent guests. Each scuff or mark could be something you notice for years ahead due to the visibility against the dark colour.
Enjoy your home decor journey
So, there you have it, a short guide to help you with your interior journey. We hope you endure plenty of fun as you make your home your own. Remember, your interior should always reflect you and your wonderful personality! So, let yourself shine in your practical and sustainable home décor choices.
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