Ask the experts: How hard should I try to keep up with trends when it comes to my home’s flooring and design?
Dear Ogden’s Flooring and Design: I feel completely lost when it comes to decorating my home. I watch home improvement shows and read articles online about what’s trending. But once I think I have a plan to decorate a room, that trend has passed and everyone’s onto something new. At this rate, I feel like there’s no way to keep up. Even if I do manage to put together a design that’s trendy, I worry it will be “out” next season. How can I keep up both financially and logistically?
We hear questions like this a lot. People fall in love with a trend and then come into our showroom looking for ways to duplicate what they’ve seen on television or in a magazine. We love to help people recreate flooring and design looks they love. Yet sometimes, they (or their partner) are concerned the design isn’t going to be relevant in a year. Flooring and design can be tricky that way. Some people find a lot of pleasure in keeping up with trends, and some people prefer a more classic look so they don’t have to worry about going out of style. We try our best to help everyone find exactly the right look for their own personal design sensibility. It’s so important to be comfortable with your home-improvement investment so you can truly enjoy the process and the results.
For some people, investing money in trendy flooring and design is something that makes sense. They value having the latest looks in their home. It gives them a sense of happiness and peace to be surrounded by items they find aesthetically pleasing. We are always champions of people going after what they truly love and incorporating those elements into their home improvement projects. But if this ongoing attention to trends makes you feel stressed, overwhelmed or anxious about how you’re going to finance all of this, you’re probably not one of those people who makes trendiness a priority. That’s totally OK. It’s important to be honest with yourself about personal expectations for your home remodel before you even get started, or you’ll face regrets later.
The question we’re featuring in this blog post suggests the writer is feeling stress about ensuring the latest styles are incorporated into his or her home. If you find yourself in this category, we recommend flooring and design pieces that are more classic and timeless. Materials such as slate, ceramic, granite, hardwood and even laminate have an everlasting quality. As long as you choose a color or pattern that isn’t overly trendy, you’ll be able to enjoy it for years, even decades, to come.
It’s easy to dress up a timeless look with a few trendy pieces that aren’t going to be difficult or costly to acquire. You can then switch out these pieces as trends change. Here are some ideas for trendy pieces you can replace every year or so without breaking the bank to keep your home’s design looking fresh and trendy:
- Lamps – A set of matching lamps for your end tables can be great for flaunting the latest trends, such as this year’s popular gold-and-copper finishes. A set of lamps can cost under $100 at your local big-box store or a discount home-improvement shop.
- Accent pieces – A sculpture or accent piece for your mantle can be a nice focal point and a great conversation-starter. Terrariums, natural crystals, vintage globes and antlers all are trending as of this writing. You can pick up items such as these at your local craft store for next to nothing.
- Knobs and pulls – Don’t replace your vanities or cabinets each time a new style becomes trendy. Just spend a few bucks and switch out the knobs and pulls. You’ll be amazed what this very small investment can do to an entire room.
- Art prints – Create an interesting cluster of framed prints and photos that can easily be switched out seasonally. In addition to hanging family photos, hang a favorite quote, a holiday scene or a even a quirky animal print. If you’re good with a computer or a paintbrush, you can make something yourself, or there’s plenty you can order or download and print online.
If you’re interested in speaking with the experts at Ogden’s Flooring and Design about how to incorporate the latest trends in your next home improvement project, stop into your nearest location. We’re always more than happy to answer any flooring and design questions you might have. Do you have a question for our next “Ask the Experts” post? Leave it in the comments and we’ll do our best to answer them all.