Staying “You” With Decorating Trends

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.”

Staying You With Decorating Trends | Bless'er House 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…

1. Oversized art is in. Gallery walls are out.

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?

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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.

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3. Then it was accent walls are out, accent trim is in.

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I guess my accent white shiplap wall behind our bed for our master bedroom would have to be nixxed from the plan.

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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?

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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.)

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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.

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  1. I love your cool style that says charm and family. No telling what my daughter will come up with when she’s on her own. That girl’s one surprise after another. I’m all warm, neutral, natural wood, cozy, “let’s cuddle by the fire” and she’s all peacock blues and greens “I eat glitter for breakfast and, hey, don’t forget the disco ball” kind of teenager. As soon as she’s off to college, though, it’s all mine 😉 i might have to keep the disco ball for sentimental reasons.

    1. Thank you! I literally laughed out loud at your “I eat glitter for breakfast.” Haha! I was the same way as a teenager. Then, I calmed things down after having a baby…because then my little one probably would have eaten glitter for breakfast if I’d continued my previous decorating style from my college days. Haha I’ve seen beautiful “glam” decor though. That’s the beauty of it, I guess. There are so many different styles and they can all be lovely.

  2. I love this post! And thank you for it! I grew up in a home with absolutely no design or decor at all. It just wasn’t my Mom’s thing. So, when we bought our own home I’ve been determined to make it beautiful and up to date, but man it is so hard to keep up with fads! This is a great reminder to decorate with what I love and forget about the trends. By the way, I love your house way more than any of those trendy suggestions from that article.

    1. I know what you mean, Rebekah. My mom decorated, but her style is more traditional than mine. She always says women rarely decorate like their mothers. It’s true. 🙂 Thanks so much for the love! Your home is lovely too.

  3. Lauren,
    B R A V O!!!
    Well stated, dear one!!!
    Here on the Prairie, “Mr. Ed” and I are in the process of renewal!!!
    Our 1970’s Ranch Style Home is more that sufficient,
    but we hadn’t renewed the decor for 13 years. . .and it was certainly time!!!
    I tend to be a “Trend~Setter. . .not a Trend~Follower”.
    By these gorgeous photos of your lovely home, I’d say you do the same!!!
    Know your style, embrace your style. . .enjoy your style!!!
    Fondly,
    Pat
    P.S. Visiting from Karen’s Up On The Hill!!!

    1. Thank you so much, Pat! I totally agree. Be a trend setter…and even if your style doesn’t set a trend, at least you’re comfortable enough in your own skin. 🙂 Best of luck with the decor renewal! Hope you have fun!

  4. I totally agree Lauren. With the blogging world it is so hard to keep your own vision. That is part of the piece why I relaunched with a journey toward my authentic self. I had to stop some of my Instagram feed also. When my feed started to consist of one white room after another I started to think my house needed to become that. Then I remembered…I like color! Always follow your own path. Original ideas are far more interesting. I think your home is a reflection of you. Keep going forward with what you think is beautiful.

    1. I think it is SO awesome that you are sticking to you on your blog now, Nancy. That’s absolutely what it should be all about. When I stopped trying to focus on what other people were doing and instead just did what spoke to me, I found I was so much happier with my decisions. Color it up, girl! You deserve to surround yourself with what makes you happy.

  5. You are so young to have learned this vital lesson! And I looked at your verse and I thought Yes what a simple way to remind ourselves of Gods Word. Plus it is art. An act of Praise to the Lord for His Word. I remember a TV host belittling wooden beams in homes and that was about 13 years ago. So within ten years he’s no longer on tv but stained wooden ceiling beams are all the rage!! I do like to see what is new out there. I do like to move my decorating a different direction by different decor and reprinting a side chest. The blogs encourage me. But I’m colorful and sentimental in my decor. People say they love my decorating but I feel I never am in style for I can’t keep up….I’ve not had kitchen cabinets painted and I’m unable to do myself and I’ve yet to commit to a color so for now I’m so 2001–September. When I moved into this house as a new home!

    1. Thank you, Gwen! I totally know what you mean. And my kitchen cabinets aren’t painted either. How much you wanna bet when I finally paint mine, the “rage” will be wood cabinets? Haha

  6. You are so right. Love what you have. I have been a blue girl for 70 some years. I wear blue every day (even if it is a Lanz nightgown). My bedroom and living rooms are blue and I love Delft. So wha you truly love never becomes a home that is trendy. It can only be unique.

  7. AMEN! I’m with you!! and every time I see those open shelves… all I can think of is “they don’t have a cat!”. It’s your house – you do what you like 🙂 Speaking of – I love the wood wall over the tub – just SO cozy!

    1. Haha! I never thought about that, Tammy! But I can totally see shelves not being cat-friendly. Thanks so much for the love! That wood wall is one of my favorite places too.

  8. I remember my mother telling me years ago, when I first started working that I should always be practical with choosing my clothing. “Choose classic, timeless pieces, not overly trendy pieces, and if you want to be trendy, do it with your accessories. It will save you lots of money while still keeping your style fresh and updated. Of course, once in awhile you’ll go off the rails for something that’s very trendy, because you just LOVE it, and that’s okay too.” She was a wise woman, my mom. I have learned over the years that applying that genius to decorating works as well! You know, in the 1980’s I loved the big shoulder pads, (they balanced out my hips, Lol) but I wouldn’t have changed my whole wardrobe because of them. So my motto is “keep it classic, but feel free to accessorize to your heart’s content!” Do what makes you happy, it’s YOUR home, your nest, your cocoon, it should make you feel all warm and fuzzy!..

    …and your home is gorgeous, just sayin’! 🙂

    1. Your mom definitely sounds like a wise woman! And I’m the same way. Keep is classic and have fun with the accessories. I’ve discovered that my wardrobe is very similar to my decorating in that way too. Thanks so much for the love, Sandra! It made me smile. 🙂

  9. You hit the nail on the head! It took me years to say “whatevs” to trends. I don’t do trends and sometimes I get lucky and things end up being on trend – like blue. I did blue because I love it (it’s really the only non-neutral I like) then all of the sudden is was “hey blue is the new trend.” Cool, but I do blue because it’s what I like. And really, my style came from my trips to Europe. When you find yourself liking the same thing in 5 different countries in the span of a few years, then you go with it. I like old world. It’s classic. Versailles? My goodness they were rocking gray centuries ago and their accent color of choice? Blue. Paris? I’ve never seen so much black and white decor in my life. Italy? Ok… the Italians are a bit warmer than I like, but I fell in love with the black and white marble that abounds. And then there is carrera marble. I mean come on… it’s been around since before Jesus! In a couple of years when everyone has moved on to something new, I will still have my old world home because it reminds me of my favorite places in the world and that means more to me than any trend.

    1. I love how you broke that down, Jill! I’m dying to go to Europe to see all of that! And I’m exactly like you with a love for blue. It’s just the best. I feel like blues and greens are so beautiful for interiors since it’s a very natural color with the reflection of skies/greenery from the outdoors. That’s my theory anyway. Other colors just make me feel on edge. And you’re totally right. Do what you like. If it becomes a trend, awesome. If not, who cares? It’s your house. 🙂 Your home is lovely.

  10. I officially love you, Lauren! I find myself reading these same articles and just like you said, second guessing everthing in our home! I love my gallery walls and while open shelving is gorgeous, I have a hard enough time dusting my fireplace mantle, never mind kitchen shelving!!! I agree, to love the home we have and make it beautiful with what we love! Your home is beautiful in every way, Lauren and I love your encouragement I find in every blog post of yours! xo

    1. Aw thanks, Kendra! And I love you too, friend. 🙂 Your home is lovely too, and I’m totally with you. We won’t even think about all of the dust lurking in my house already. Open shelving is SO not happening. Haha

  11. I have never followed trends, in fact if I like it before it becomes a trend, and then it becomes one, I may not like it anymore! ha!… because then it is no longer unique and original and you see it everywhere. Well the industries have to try and keep selling us their new stuff, so they have to keep dictating what is “in” so that they will have buyers. Consumerism at its worst… We live in such a disposable society, I guess that’s why I like junk and the challenge of breathing new life into it instead of tossing it. I like “Going Against the Current”. And when I start to envy the beautiful homes that others have, I like to remember that gratitude turns what I have into enough. And as you said, if I have a roof over my head, then that is more than what many don’t have.

    1. I totally agree, Lucy! I definitely feel like “trends” are a ploy to get us to make unnecessary purchases. It’s nice to freshen things up now and then and do something new, but if it’s not a reflection of you, what’s the point? Striking that balance between necessity/wants/charity is so important.

  12. I’m so with you on this one! And the open shelving thing too. I think it’s gorgeous. It just can’t work in my kitchen. In no picture of gorgeous open shelving I’ve ever seen has there been a pile of sippy cups. And that’s what’s behind my cabinet doors. Sippy cups and cookie cutters and all things not made for pretty open shelving. I NEED cabinet doors in my life :).

    1. Right?! Our sippy cup cabinet is out of control! No way would I want open shelving with that madness. Big hugs, Amy. 🙂

  13. I have been wanting to do a black chalkboard wall on a narrow area in our kitchen for AGES and I may actually have time to do it this summer. I heard that black chalkboard walls are out, too and I was like WHAT?! As much as I procrastinate, I will probably always be 1-2 years behind the trends! lol

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

    1. Haha I’m all for the black. I don’t even care if it’s not “on trend”. Do what makes you happy, Carrie. It’ll be awesome because it’s you. 🙂

  14. I so appreciate your post today and the importance of not letting the trends dictate how we decorate! God made us all different and He did that for a reason……and our homes should reflect our uniqueness as well!

  15. Love this post, Lauren. We’re remodeling our house right and I always have to step back and make sure I’m choosing MY style and not the big thing all over Pinterest. We’re going farmhouse style (you never could have guessed that huh? Haha!) and we’re putting in some open shelving. I have beautiful colorful fiestaware that was a gift from my grandma but colorful dishes aren’t farmhouse you know? So I thought about buying a bunch of cheap white dishes so I could just have the look. And then I realized that was silly. I love my dishes and they mean something to me and this is MY house and it doesn’t have to be like everyone else’s.

    1. You are totally right, Alisha! If it doesn’t speak to you, steer clear. I have colorful fiestaware too that we use every day and I LOVE it. It’s so not “farmhousey” but I don’t even care. I could never part with it since we got a ton of it from our wedding. I do have a set of plain white china for nicer occassions though that I use a ton. I never thought I’d use it as much as I have. But they definitely don’t get as much action as the colorful ones, mainly just special occassions.

  16. Thank you so much for this post!! I get so overwhelmed with all of the design trends. Sure ,I incorporate some of them only because I like that specfic trend. My house is decorated to suit my family and our lifestyle. Anyway,who can afford out with the old and in with the new so often.

    1. Right?! I know I can’t. Keep on keepin’ on. If you and your family are happy, that’s what matters. 🙂

  17. That is exactly why I look at that stuff in very limited amounts. Otherwise I would feel bad about my beautiful, expensive house, that most people would be more than happy to live in. It wouldn’t feel fancy enough or stylish enough or whatever. Too much pressure!

    You have a beautiful home. No need to chase trends, talanted one. And just think how pretty your second house will be!

    1. Aw thanks love! I know exactly what you mean. Whenever I start wishing for bigger, better things I think to myself, “Hundreds of thousands of millions of people around the world don’t even have a roof over their heads. Simply having a home should be enough.”

  18. I am so with you on decorating with what you love and not worrying about what’s in at the moment. I’m also one of those few people with zero open shelving in my kitchen. I like having everything contained behind doors to keep the kitchen from looking too cluttered. Plus the whole dust collecting issue. I think your house is gorgeous as is!

    1. Thanks, Rosy! Open shelving may work for some people, but cabinets are so much easier for me. 😉

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