Don't Blow the Bank on These Trends

by Andrea Doxey January 29, 2020

Don't Blow the Bank on These Trends

When making decisions about your home it's easy to be seduced by the latest trends, particularly when you are constantly seeing them blasted all over social media and on HGTV! Keep in mind that often these rooms are featured BECAUSE they are on trend, but that doesn't necessarily mean they will stand the test of time. We all know that investing in our homes is expensive and ensuring that we invest in the right areas is critical, whether it be a rug or a new kitchen. In general, we like to say splurge on a few key pieces like custom window treatments, flooring, upholstered furniture and things that get everyday use. Where you can save is on items that are not subject to everyday wear and tear, such as case goods and accessories.

These are three trends that we're seeing everywhere and they are beautiful...beware!

Add Pattern With Little Commitment

Heavily Patterned Tile

Do we love this look? Absolutely. Are we thinking it may date quickly? Yes. Think to kitchens past with random patterned tiles, or borders and you will see that this trend could go in the same direction. We say, save the bold patterns for things that you can easily change (i.e. Moroccan Tile Mats) and stick with more traditional tile to extend the life of your investment.

If you're looking for a look that is a bit more exciting than traditional subway tile, consider square, stacked or zellige terracotta tiles.

Vintage Everything

We are ALL about upcycling and mixing in just the right amount of vintage and antique decor to land that collected look. If vintage and antique is overdone your room can end up looking or feeling like you are caught in a time warp rather than that cool collected vintage vibe.

As a general rule of thumb, for something to be considered antique it is at least 100 years old and in its original condition. For something to be vintage it is at least 20 years old and tied to a specific era. We love adding in vintage and antique pieces such as dough bowls or a sentimental furniture piece with more modern artwork and fabrics. Mixing old and new creates a fresh lived-in look that is not pegged to an exact decade.

Kitchens That Lack Upper Cabinetry

Warning... this is not going to be a popular opinion! Kitchens with no upper cabinets, or only open cabinetry, are GORGEOUS on Instagram and Pinterest, but unless you have a large kitchen with plenty of lower cabinet storage or a pantry, chances are you are you going to run out of space to hide your treasured university or 'best mom ever' mugs.

We're not suggesting to steer clear or this look altogether, but rather be selective where this look is employed to balance both form and function.

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