Sizzling hot trends are like a piece of steak; everyone wants a piece of it. It’s only when you realized that it wasn’t really that great, you were just really hungry. We all have phases in our lives when we’re really into something and then there are things that we will always love, no matter what. Here’s 10 hot trends that past its prime, the good news is you can make them timeless.
Whether it’s fashion or home trends, they come and go and it’s totally OK to experiment; find out what you truly love. Isn’t this what’s life is about? When it comes to home designs, having used-to-be-trendy stuff can sometimes make you look like your life is stuck in last decade. Home is never done, because we progresses and learn new things everyday. What would you say if I tell you that you can do timeless instead of looping in that endless trendy-dated cycle?
Now, before you start ripping your walls out and throwing things away. This post is not about bashing past trends, but rather updating them. Think about it this way, red lips are classic and timeless, knowing how to do it right can save you from looking like them. Coral is a difficult shade of red to pull off (even in interior design, folks) but you might just be that girl who totally rocks it. Here’s how to rock with what you love (in your home) by making them timeless –
// FULL HEIGHT MIRROR WALL //
Full height mirror screams last decade, especially those that are frame-less and has no features whatsoever except being just a mirror. Mirror panels are slightly better because someone actually took time to design it. If you have full height mirror in your bathrooms or dressing rooms, it’s totally fine. When I see walls clad in mirror it says “I don’t know what to do with this wall so I mirrored it all the way”. Also in my country (Singapore), our apartments comes in small sizes and you might think “great, let’s put mirror here and here to open the space up”. Actually no, remember rule no.1, mirror can’t reflect light when there’s no light. Mirror walls are cold, they are better in commercial places such as stores and hotels.
Update it – For small spaces, you are better off with a big piece of art which you can always switch it out when you get sick of it. If you like reflective walls, you are better off with lacquered walls. Still want a mirror? Hang a mirror with frame. Round mirror breaks up square and rectangular spaces making it softer. Big round mirrors are on trend this year, in living spaces and bathrooms. Choose frame that coordinate with the rest of your space, see how the above wood framed mirror is speaking to the wood dining table?
// MURAL OR TEXTURAL/ACCENT WALL //
Everytime I see a mural on the ceiling in someone’s home, I die a little. Unless you live in a castle, cathedral or mansion or maybe you’re a king, I dunno, what kind of people needs mural on their ceiling? Remember that glow in the dark stars on your ceiling when you were a kid, yeah, those were fine when we WERE kids.
Update it – Textural walls such as sponge effect are considered dated by now. If you like textural wall, you might be interested in limewash paint which is a much subtle version. Or just consider wallpapers, if a forest scene inspires you, why not a wallpaper like this (see above)? Unlike murals, wallpapers tend to repeat its pattern making it more versatile to coordinate with furniture. A classic wallpaper can withstand the test of time. See this nursery with wallpaper that looks like mural yet it’s still light and bright.
// WOOD KITCHEN //
In today’s eyes, wood kitchens are dated, especially maple and mahogany kitchens. And that’s because they were once hot, and everyone used to has it. And now everyone doesn’t want it. However, not all wood kitchens are “bad”, good quality Oak and Walnut woods are still on trend. So what happens when you have an orange or brown wood kitchen that isn’t really the best?
Update it – Two tone kitchen is real HOT this year. Not gonna lie, I wanted a two tone kitchen but remember I didn’t want any uppers? If your wood kitchen is looking dated and tired, a simple easy step is change out the handles and knobs, try something less generic. If you need to have uppers, make them white. Create open shelving if you can (see above), it adds to the updated look. Update your kitchen faucet, appliances (non built-in) and/or dinnerware depends on how much you would like to invest without tearing out your cabinets (provided that your wood cabinets are still in working condition, otherwise you might as well replace it).
I’m planning on a more in-depth post on how to update your wood kitchen WITHOUT painting them, so stay tuned. :)
// SOLID SURFACE //
Solid Surface is another trend that used to be so hot, everyone wants it plus it’s budget friendly until we found out it could easily be scratched and it’s chunky (see how thick it is?). Now everyone flock to get their Quartz countertops.
Update it – Suzanne Dimma from House & Home uses Corian for her basement home office and I think it’s perfect. While Solid Surface becomes unfavorable for kitchens, I think it still has longevity in spaces such as bathrooms, or use them like how Suzanne did (according to her, the surface is very smooth which is perfect for drawing).
// GENERIC MULTI-PENDANT LIGHT //
How big should my dining pendant be? How many pendants do I need, how far apart? And at what height should I hang them? These are some of the most commonly asked questions. Your dining light should never be significantly smaller than your dining table. I am the kind who are really into lighting, beautiful lighting. Which explains why I can’t stand generic lighting when it’s also the focal point. A square dining table is tricky, lemme tell ya, so it baffles me that they went for a generic multi-pendant on a single plate (see image right).
Update it – Pendants are on trend this year. I will use a round light fixture for the above square table. If you want to use multiple pendants, don’t buy those that are fixed to the plate (you can’t move each of them). Stagger your pendants in different heights or just buy those that aren’t generic (yes, they usually cost a bit more). The key is to personalize it; see how the light fixture (image left) looks like water droplets and act as a piece of art on its own? Win-win.
// TYPOGRAPHY //
Are you guilty of this? Some people can’t get enough of this while some might say “enough is enough”. So if you love an inspiring quote or two for yourself/family, what can you do so that it doesn’t turn your guests off?
Update it – 1) Make it personal, hang quotes that are directed to you (yourself) rather than your guests. Keep it short and simple. See how the quote on the right is totally preachy and feels more like a declaration of some sort. 2) Avoid generic quotes such as “Keep calm…and blah blah”. The less popular your quote is, the more likely it’s gonna delight your guests. It might take some time to find a quote that really speaks to your heart (isn’t this the reason why we frame them up in the first place, because it speaks to us?). 3) Frame it, treat it like a piece of art (not vinyl stickers or write them on walls, these are dated). 4) Hang it at personal spaces, your desk, your reading nook, etc. Avoid plastering a quote in prominent spaces where everyone can see it from every corner.
// CHALKBOARD WALL //
It’s been kinda overdone but unlike Subway tiles, chalkboard wall isn’t entirely timeless. Plus I can’t help but think entire wall in chalkboard feels so restaurant-ish to me. Yep I know, it’s the bistro style.
Update it – Chalkboard wall in kids room is still fine. But adult living spaces, nah. But good news, folks! You can still keep your love for the chalkboard. Just gotta minimize the size. Instead of declaring your love for bistro kitchens by having chalkboard walls, have them in menu-size. Don’t hang them on the walls, make it casual by having it leaning on the wall like this (image left). The latter works for every home style.
// BOOKCASE BACKING //
If you still have bookcase backing that is either painted another color or wallpapered, you know, it kinda says “I DIY it 2 years ago when it was a hot look”. Remember those budget friendly tips about updating your home without a reno? Hey, I’m all up for DIYs like these but unfortunately dated trends sometimes are like greasy hair, everyone knows you didn’t wash them for 2 days.
Update it – If your DIY backing is removable, congrats! It’s now time to remove them and let your bookcase be who it was. The two tone look for bookcase is out. Bookcase like this (see image left) is in, it feels more airy and let in more light. Trend this year is to really use your bookcase for books. Remove those vases and ornaments, bring in functional items such as lamp, candle holders, tray for coins, keys or rings. Casually lean medium-sized arts on the shelf if you want pops of color.
// BRIGHT COLORS //
The trend this year are serenity white, pastels (Pantone Color of The Year) or bold and daring jewel tones. There is simply no place for bright colors.
Update it – Except if you use bright colors in artworks, it will never go out of style plus you can ALWAYS change it out. Instead of going all out for bright colors, use it selectively, a white kitchen with a yellow range cooktop is cheerful yet classy. You can achieve the same kind of look with a colored Smeg fridge, it’s timeless.
// THE TV CENTER //
The demand for monstrous TV center is declining, one of our hot trends for 2016 is actually going tech-less in the living room. Your TV should never be the MOST prominent thing in your living space, unless it’s a man cave.
Update it – I love recessed hidden storage (see image left). The simple, fuss-free look is in. Go for a simple standalone TV console unit. If you would like custom built, you might want to make it multi-functional that also acts as a sitting bench.
So did I miss out anything? Let me know if you think I should have included certain trends. :) See you around.