I was skimming around Pinterest last Saturday morning, doing my usual lazy maybe-I’ll-be-productive-today-but-maybe-not inner dialogue, and I came across an article “11 Home Decor Trends You’ll Be Pinning This Spring.”
I got all excited and clicked it to see what we could all look forward to with a few new trends this year. And y’all, by the end of this article, I found myself second guessing every decorating decision I ever made. (Sound familiar? Does this happen to you?)
As I was clicking around the article, the first trend was…
What?! I have two gallery walls in my house that I love! How can I bring myself to take those down and replace them with bigger, statement-making art?
2. Then it was open kitchen shelving is in. Kitchen cabinets are out.
I mean, I’m not in love with my kitchen, but it is a beast when it comes to storage!
I’m one of those who can’t part ways with her cabinets. Maybe a few glass front cabinets would be nice, but open shelves? The one little French drying rack of coffee cups we have on our counter gets dusty and cooking splatters on the dishes all the time. I’ll dream over open white kitchens all day, but I can’t deny the practicality of cabinets.
3. Then it was accent walls are out, accent trim is in.
I guess my accent white shiplap wall behind our bed for our master bedroom would have to be nixxed from the plan.
By the time I got to the point in the article that said black chalkboard paint is out and colored chalkboard paint is in, I frowned at my black kitchen chalkboard and closed my laptop. That chalkboard rocks! And suddenly something I enjoyed so much in my house seemed ugly all of sudden.
Then I realized something.
Who do I really have to please in my house? Trendy designers? Or myself?
So you know what my whole take on this “staying with the trends” biz is?
Don’t even worry your pretty little head about it.
Because really, by the time I got my house “on trend”, those trends would change again.
Decorate your home the way it works for you and your family. And who cares if someone walks into your house and says, “Ugh. That’s so 2010.” Who needs that kind of negativity in their lives? (Thankfully, I have some rockin’ friends who would never say that.)
Hang something on your walls because it speaks to you.
Decorate with a fabric, trendy or not, because it is an expression of your personality.
Have features in your home that are practical, first and foremost. What’s good design without function?
Love where you live, and it will love you right back. Trends will come and go, but the comfort you create in your house for your family should always last.
If you have a roof over your head and breath in your lungs, you can be unstoppable to make your home whatever you want it to be. And, most of the time, what you make of your home is only a matter of perspective. Embrace it just as it is.