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Everyone needs a place they can call home – at minimum, four walls and a roof over their heads. Yet our dwellings don’t just provide the function of shelter; form also holds an intangible value. We design and decorate our interiors in order to improve our quality of life. Sometimes, you might feel inclined to do so in accordance with a particular trend in home design. Knowing that trends come and go, is that really a good idea? We’ll discuss how you can get it right.

A question of staying power

For most people, buying a home will end up being the biggest purchase of their lives. On top of that, there are necessary expenses involved—regular maintenance of plumbing and appliances, for example. Given the overall outlay, many homeowners would like to trim down on any non-essential items. If you ride a trend that eventually goes out of style, you may end up paying more for remodeling, or losing money on poor ROI if you decide to sell the property.

Is it possible to tell which trends are here to stay? Designers and industry experts may vary in their opinions regarding specific trends. Rather than focusing on individual trends, learn from other fields of design, such as fashion, and you can spot which ones have staying power. Patterns emerge that can help distinguish the short-lived from the timeless. Trends that catch on quickly and rapidly gain momentum are also likely to be fleeting; the ones which we now consider timeless often went unnoticed for years of development before gaining a wide following. If a design trend helps to solve problems and is closely tied to home functionality, there’s a better chance that it will last. Scandinavian design is a good example of a timeless trend; its gestation took decades before trending worldwide, and its functional premise—making use of limited resources—is one that resonates in any age.

Why people adopt trends

You may have asked yourself on occasion, why bother with trends in the first place? After all, don’t people follow trends merely out of peer pressure? While social acceptance and conformity definitely play a role in their strong sway, trends are influential for another reason: they simplify choices. Just because we have the power to customize our homes in every detail doesn’t mean everyone has the appetite, time and energy to spare for such an undertaking. Other people have used their vision and materials knowledge and made an effort to put together old and new elements in a way that works. Thus, running with a trend can streamline a homeowner’s decision-making, and allows them to harness creative ideas while bringing fresh sensibilities to their everyday living.

Making it all work for you

With these aspects of home design trends coming into focus, it’s easier to see how they can be used to your advantage. If you’re like a lot of homeowners, you don’t have unlimited resources to devote towards endless remodeling and redecorating of your property. While you probably have strong aesthetic sensibilities, you may not have the formal training of an interior designer. By keeping your own needs in mind, you can look for trends that have staying power and also hold value in terms of function. Make a few changes as you see fit, and you can apply a timeless look to your home without having to invest more resources than necessary.

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