Decorate Your Home Without Dating It
Decorate Your Home Without Dating It, Don’t fall for fads when doing up your house – today’s stylish pad is often tomorrow’s old-fashioned home. How to update your home without dating it, Is your pad stylish or a fashion victim? Avoid falling for fads and create a home you’ll love for years by following our simple tips.
Believe it or not, avocado coloured bathroom suites and woodchip walls were once considered cool. Today, along with artex ceilings, they’re among the top three decorating crimes, proving that there’s only a fine line between a fashion and a fad.
Follow our guide below and you’ll create interiors that won’t just look good but that you’ll love for years, too.
If you’re old enough to remember the 1970s you’ll probably remember its decorating fads too: coloured bathroom suites, orange and brown kitchens, psychedelic carpets. But it isn’t just these 70s crimes against design that are no longer considered cool. Think of 1980s black ash furniture, the fake period-feature fad of the 90s (when people installed false ceiling roses and decorative coving even in new build homes), and the see-them-everywhere laminate floors of the early 2000s. Even today’s nostalgic hark back to the 1950s will probably fall out of fashion as time goes on.
“My absolute worst fad of the past 20 years are the textured Artex ceilings,” says Coco Interiors designer Debbie Greasley. “They look awful and are really difficult to get rid of.”
Go off trend
The best way to ensure that you don’t fall victim to the latest fad is to go a little off trend. “Play it safe with big purchases like kitchens and sofas,” says Debbie, “by keeping these larger purchases neutral. A fuscia pink kitchen with a bright glass worktop will date, white kitchens won’t.”
Designer Lynn Pick from HomeMakeover agrees. “Don’t buy big-ticket high fashion items. If you want something fashionable, choose a few inexpensive accessories that can be easily changed,” she says.
Along with bathrooms and kitchens, choose sofas, carpets and curtains in classic styles. If your sofa is neutral and simple, your cushions and throws can be as on-trend as you like.