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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44 Comments

  1. Amen to that. Do what you like and what works for you.

    Some trends I just shake my head at. For example, I have no desire to put all my kitchen knives along a magnetic strip. To me, it looks like an accident waiting to happen. It makes sense in a professional kitchen where people are cutting and chopping all the time, but I barely even use the bigger knives (I’m a vegetarian).

    1. I know what you mean, Marly. It looks really cool in the right kitchen, but I’m accident prone. That wouldn’t work well around my “gracefulness”. Haha

  2. I finally figured this out about 5 years ago-and have been so much more happy with my home. Why? It truly reflects my style and works for our family. So many times I wasted money buying something trendy that was not “me”, and just because so and so said it was the one thing you had to have to make your home perfect-it never did. And it never stayed long! I do still but some trendy decore, but now it is because I love it and it enhances my style. I also am not ready to give up my gallery wall! In fact I am in the middle of updating it. Here’s to the individuals with true style. Great post. Found you on Pintrest and have enjoyed looking at some of your older post.

    1. Thanks so much, Toni! I’m right there with ya. If you love something that happens to also be trendy, cool. If what you love isn’t on trend, it doesn’t even matter because it’s still an expression of you. 🙂 Hope your gallery wall turns out well!

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