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Trend or a Fad? What to Know When Decorating Your Home

One of the exciting parts about purchasing one of our brand new homes in Jordan MN is the opportunity to decorate the entire home to your tastes. However, with so much freedom, it can be easy to fall prey to fads that will wear out their welcome quickly. That doesn’t mean you can’t choose something new and different though. That’s where trends come in. Trends are stylish, but able to hold their own for longer than fads. Here are some tips to help avoid fads that you’ll want to replace sooner rather than later.

Unfortunately, determining whether something is a fad or trend can be like walking a tightrope. For a while barn doors seemed like a fad, but then they veered toward a trend, and while you still see them, that’s part of the problem. They eventually oversaturated the market and have lost favor recently. If you really have your heart set on one, go for it, otherwise you might want to skip this design option.

When it comes to kitchens, be careful about veering too far toward fads. In particular, gold and brass finishes on everything from hardware to faucets is likely to end up more as a fad than trend. While you can get away with this trend on handles and other features that are easy and inexpensive to replace, reconsider using it on more expensive items. However, if you plan on staying in the home long enough to expect to do some kitchen renovation in the future, decorate the way you prefer.

You may have seen wallpaper making a comeback. This is something that works ok if you’re decorating a new home, but don’t use it if you’re updating in order to sell or plan on reselling in the near future. To many people, especially with bold wallpaper patterns, it just looks like costly work to remove. However, an accent wall with a design that you feel strongly that you can live with for years can be a fun decorating option.

Finally, while gray has become a de facto neutral, try to balance it with more lively colors. Too much gray has moved into the fad category. It’s great for a sofa, but consider using a more cheerful wall color. If you do want to use it on your walls, then use this opportunity to choose more colorful rugs, furnishings, and accessories.

Mirrored furniture, clear plastic chairs, and neon-lighting decorative signs have been more obvious fads, and you’ll typically recognize them for what they are. It doesn’t mean you can’t embrace them; just be prepared to replace them in a year or two. Finding a balance between fads and trends is a great way to add some personal touches to your home, especially if it’s a home you plan to stay in for many years. If you are building one of our homes in Jordan MN, our design experts can help you create a home that is a perfect extension of your style and taste. Contact us today to learn more about building and decorating your ideal home with us.

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