Keeping up with the trends in home decor can be tough. So this year, why not opt out of following the latest and greatest, and choose timeless home decor style over fleeting fads? We've got 10 home decor trends that will keep your style fresh for years to come.
No matter what year it is, less is always more. The less you have crowding your shelves and tables, the better your home will look -- and the less you'll have to dust! The same goes for the layout of each room. Stick with furniture that's proportional to the room so the space doesn't look crowded.
Trendy colors change year to year and season to season, but a room always needs a bit of color to really pop. Rather than investing in an orange couch or painting the living room aquamarine, choose accessories such as throw pillows, vases and even art in bold accent shades. These are easy to swap out every season or the next year.
As chic as that angular chair with a bucket seat looks in the magazine, don't buy something on which you can't comfortably sit. The same goes for glass coffee tables (too much potential for breakage) and shelves with no space. Buy home decor items that are meant to be used, not just admired from afar.
Like function, comfort is an important factor when buying furniture. It's not timeless if you have to replace your couch because you just can never relax on it. Buy something that looks good and also feels good.
Quality over quantity
Just because you have shelves doesn't mean they all need to be overflowing, and just because you have walls doesn't mean every square inch should be covered with a painting or photo. Choose art and accessories wisely: Shop less often for unique and high-quality items instead of over-buying just for the sake of putting something (anything) on your walls.
If you need to buy window coverings, choose window treatments that let in the most light. Where there is minimal natural light, invest in high-quality lighting options that give your space a natural-looking glow.
When it comes to home decor, it's often better to splurge on something that will stand the test of time rather than something trendy, yet poorly made. You'll end up spending the same amount on several low-cost, low-quality items versus one well-made piece. Again, shop wisely.
Shades like caramel, plum and ochre are all timeless because they warm up your space. Whether you paint a room in a warm tone or stock up on accents in those shades, your home will look chic and cozy, regardless of the latest trends.
Shades of gray
In fashion and in home decor, gray is a shade that isn't going away. From softer tones to slate to gray with hints of blue, this timeless color looks good anywhere -- including on counter tops, walls and accessories.
An organized house is a happy house. Having smart storage solutions never goes out of style and will ensure your home is always in order. From wrought iron hooks to classic bookshelves, you can easily make storage part of your design aesthetic.
Easy updates for any home
Not every piece within your home must fall within the "timeless" category. In fact, following the latest trends will keep your decor fresh and fun. To have your cake -- and eat it too -- go trendy with items that can easily be exchanged from season to season. Feature the latest fabric prints on throw pillows, or highlight the hottest color palette by painting an accent wall. As the trends come and go, you can easily update these items without requiring a complete makeover.