Doesn’t it seem like trends come and go so quickly in fashion and home decor? However, there are certain trends like the “it” color that tend to stick around for about a decade. Of course right now it is still gray. You can check out a post I did on my top 5 Benjamin Moore gray paint colors here. Today I’m going to talk about 5 trends that have come and gone. If you’re doing something on this list and it is your favorite thing in your house; keep it! it’s that simple. We need to keep things in our home that we love and we’re proud of. On the other hand, we also need to purge things that we don’t love that are just taking up space. Let’s get into these 5 trends to say goodbye to.
Get rid of old silk plants and flowers. Have you noticed how dusty these get? They are dust magnets. Now I’m not talking about a pretty little greenery plant in your guest room. I’m talking about those huge fake ferns, ivy, and trees from the late 90s and early 2000s. If you want some greenery you can use succulents as they are so trendy and adorable. Also, I am obsessed with fresh flowers. If you shop at Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s you know you can get fresh bouquets for a really great price. They instantly give your home a lighter and brighter vibe.
Donate your “cheap furniture.” This is the kind of furniture you may have had in your first apartment. If you still need to do that for money situations I understand. However, there are such amazing stores out there like Wayfair, World Market, and Pier 1 that you can get some wonderful pieces without breaking the bank. Couches with particle board and futons will not last. It is actually better to get a quality couch so you’re not repurchasing in a couple years. Definitely put your money in a couch and a bed. Those 2 things you will be using the majority of your day. Think about major purchases first.
Wallpaper borders are definitely out. I’m sure at one point we have all fallen victim to this one. I know in both my kid’s nurseries I had a border. It was a very popular trend in the late 90s and early 2000s. It is VERY hard to get off. I tried this and then had to let a professional take over. A better choice these days is to go with full wallpaper, paint, murals, or even doing an accent wall in reclaimed wood. Don’t feel overwhelmed. If you’re not sure what you want, leave it until you’re ready.
Popcorn ceilings have definitely seen better days. It is actually not too hard to get this off. Still, it should remain a taboo food at the movies and not on your ceiling. It just takes a little elbow grease, time, and maybe a Property Brother’s DIY video to get you going.
Really bulky and heavy furniture is a thing of the past. Bulky, ornate furniture and headboards are out. People are really trying to go toward a more minimalistic style. The trend is to pair down pieces to create a light and airy look. However, if this is what you have right now you can always change things like your paint color to give the room a lighter look. Play with your options and see where it leads you.
The big thing with trends is they come and they go. Keep in mind if you truly love something and it reflects your personality then keep it and show it off proudly. However, I tend to buy pieces that stand the test of time so I don’t have to keep purchasing every couple of years when trends change. Think neutrals and have fun shopping.