Owning a design-oriented business means being on the constant lookout for the latest “trend” when it comes to interior design, color and prints. While we gravitate toward the more solid classic and global designs, we’ve been seeing so many “this is no longer a trend” articles in home decor magazines and lifestyle blogs that it can start to feel as though just about everything out there is already “off trend.” Looking a little deeper you realize often it’s not the trend itself but how it’s being used that has become too trendy or as one article put it “over-Pinterested.” So how do you style around trendy? You start by taking the best of what made the element trendy in the first place, then find a way to make it fresh and new, perhaps on your way to creating an entirely new trend!
So let’s take a look…
Marquee letters, decorative signage, punctuation and quote art are all basically the same thing: oversized words and symbols on walls and shelves. We found articles touting the oversized lettering dating back to 2012. This trend started in the kitchen usually with the word “EAT” but soon grew (likely with the help of Pinterest and HGTV) to living spaces featuring LIVE and bedrooms featuring LOVE. 2016 saw the addition of commas, arrows and exclamation points. Is this trend overplayed? Probably a little. But they are still ways to have fun with the concept and the kids room styled by Nickey Kehoe is a perfect example. The classic print of the wallpaper with coordinating ceiling paper is the perfect backdrop for the brightly lit “H” in the fun Western-styled font. Presumably the first initial of the child’s name, this is also a piece that can look equally great in a teenager’s room, or even in a first apartment.
Those wonderful zigzags we call chevrons have also been everywhere for the past few seasons. It’s been said that once a pattern hits a toaster, it has become over-exposed. In fact, the French Bull design team recently partnered with the appliance company Oster to do just that! So does that mean the chevron is over? Of course not! In fact, the chevron motif may be one of the longest lasting motifs around. The Minoans of Ancient Crete used the chevron to decorate pottery. More recently the chevron was a major design element of Art Deco, which, funny enough is considered one of the next big trends. But it is possible that the overly graphic version will be replaced by softer more organic design. The chevron pattern in the Dutch-made sideboard helps to add interest to an otherwise basic mid-century styled piece of furniture. The ikat chevrons in our Ikat Waterfall curtain panel helps to add both color and movement to an otherwise white room.
Mid-Century Modern is just about everywhere these past few years. In product with the re-releases of Eames classics, in media on the set of Mad Men and now in real estate with an increased interest in Eichler and other ranch-style homes. Of course, Eames and Eichler were heavily influenced by earlier designers like Mies Van Der Rohe and Le Corbusier. Likely one of the reasons it’s become the go-to style is its ability to appeal both to the feminine and masculine aesthetic. Clean lines and rich wood appeal to the masculine (without being overly masculine) while plush textures like bouclé and velvet in bright teals, oranges and mustards appeal to the more feminine (without being overly feminine). But since the style in inherently simple, as it becomes more trendy, it also risks becoming a bit boring and its clean lines can also feel a little cold. Enter bohemian, or what is now becoming “global style.” Bohemian has at its roots plush carpeting, globally-inspired prints and eclectic mix of colors. It also pairs well with mid-century furniture because the warmth of the wood complements natural fibers. This room from Decoholic says shows just how the two styles mix together to create a comfortable space that really feels like home.
So, are you ready to re-style some of your more trendy items?