I recently came across some advice by an interior designer. She said outright that we won’t regret giving into our creative impulses when designing our homes. That we should choose tile and fixtures that are as trendy as our toss cushions, and that we shouldn’t worry about our fixtures being forever.
This is the fluffiest, dumbest advice I think I’ve ever read.
I talk to clients every single day who are upset either because they got carried away with too-creative finishes, or because they got the wrong advice from a professional and it’s way too late because everything is installed.
Other times, my clients can’t wait to rip out a previous homeowner’s burst of creativity in the house they’ve just moved into.
I don’t normally get this cranky, but this kind of advice — written for the novice who is already confused by all the unrealistic, ugly, and EXPENSIVE finishes they are seeing out there-is unnecessary and misleading.
The definition of fluffy advice? Frivolous words that fill up a page and help no one.
Don’t get me wrong. It’s not that I don’t love well done, trendy spaces. It’s just that I recognize a trend for what it is: something with a short life.
How do I know this?
All you have to do is look at the house you just moved into (unless it’s brand new and filled with trendy finishes that you might find acceptable), and ask yourself: Do I love the previous homeowner’s trendy choices that are now so, so dated?
That’s the first clue that although you love it now, you might regret it later.
So here are some images that you’ll never find on this blog in a regular blog post unless I’m warning you to avoid them.
So enjoy. . . and then keep it timeless, and break out the subway tile.
You’ll get tired of this backsplash in 10 minutes Via Pinterest
Black, ONLY if your kitchen looks like this. via Pinterest
Espresso floors and cabinets. . . screams the brown trend via Pinterest
You’ll also get tired of this floor in 10 minutes. via House Beautiful
Same with this backsplash, look for wallpaper instead if you must have this look. via House Beautiful
JUST SAY NO TO THIS ONE via Pinterest
Pretty floor but NEVER FOREVER. Get a carpet that looks like this instead Via Pinterest
Too much grey in this one. via Pinterest
One of my amazing True Colour Experts™ just shared a story recently of a consultation she had with a couple who were building their forever house. They kept showing her one grey hardwood floor sample after another, and finally she said:
“You are building your forever house. You can’t have any grey in your floor, period.”
It’s hard to stick to this when you’re loving it right now, but trust me. I’ve been there. Just like most of us are not buying brown sofas or painting our houses brown right now, we were doing exactly that just a short five years ago.
So enjoy the trendy images, but keep the trendy purchases to removable items in your home.
And remember, this is advice for those who have not made these mistakes yet. If you already have, just style the room.
So many decor-related mistakes can be saved with some creative styling.
Check out my Styling Interiors board for inspiration.
I love my readers, and I want you to feel inspired, not depressed, after you’ve read one of my ‘warning’ posts. Seriously, though, with that kind of advice floating around, it had to be said.
Have a wonderful week everyone! xoxo Maria