Home trends I’m (still) not over

Home trends will always come and go, but there is nothing more disappointing than investing in a decor item that magazines and design blogs suddenly declare to be “outdated.”

While I usually choose a classic style for my nicest pieces, I fall for bold trends pretty often.  My home has all of these things and I have no regrets:


It’s out, it’s in, it’s embarrassing, it’s hip.  I’ve never really gotten over this shimmery green floral wallpaper my mom had in the dining room in the early 90’s.  For awhile, graphic wallpaper was acceptable only in fancy hotels or garish restaurants.  But it’s been back with a vengeance for several years now and you can bet I jumped on that bandwagon.  I have graphic wallpaper in my powder room and in my home office.

Photo by West Elm


I wasn’t sure about the pouf at first.  Was it a footrest?  Extra seating?  For children only?  But they got so popular in so many styles, I decided I loved the pouf.

Photo by Ballard Designs

Starburst mirrors

You’d think that by now the starburst mirror would have ventured into “classic” territory, but I still occasionally see references to their over-ness.  I love a good gold starburst mirror.  Over a bed, over a mantle, they make a big statement and can fit in with all sorts of design styles.

Stainless steel appliances

This article in the Wall Street Journal predicting the end of stainless steel sent ripples around the blogosphere last week.  Having just completed a kitchen model with lots of stainless steel, I frowned upon this idea.  I like the modern, sleek look of stainless, even with the fingerprints.  Lucky for me, the lifespan of appliances averages to about fifteen years.  So if this trend is just starting to fade out, it will take awhile.

Put a bird on it

I just can’t help it, I’ll slap a bird into any decorating scheme.  See?  Everyone has their thing, I guess.

What home decor trends are you (still) not over?


Laura Laing is a freelance writer and the author of Math for Grownups (Adams Media, July 2011), a funny, easy-to-understand look at how we use math in our everyday lives. She blogs at Math for Grownups.

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  1. I also love the bird trend, but have avoided it because it seems to be so “in” right now and I prefer classics. What a good reminder not to limit myself because something may fall out of fashion if it’s something I truly like!

  2. Baskets! Fortunately, they are so classic and practical I don’t think they’ve ever gone out of style. My mom gave me several Longabergers years ago and they are still going strong. I used them every day. I’m about to start decorating for autumn (even though we live in Florida, where summer is still in full force) and I think I have several baskets in my blog post, “Easy Autumn Decorating on a Dime” here: http://virginiaknowles.blogspot.com/2008/09/easy-autumn-decorating-on-dime.html

  3. I’ve found that when I edit a beloved collection of stuff (teapots, jars, tins, birds, etc) and put part of it away to display a few pieces…it suddenly looks fresh. Or I’ll do a different theme in a small display that pulls in all the yellow things, for instance, instead of all the birds and it looks great. You have to love the things you live with or it is just junk.

  4. I am not that big into trends. I decorate with what I like. I like black picture frames. I like wrought iron. And I like ceramic.
    I think you will be safe with your stainless appliances. They will always look nice. At least, in my opinion they will.=)

  5. I love the wallpaper, too! And I have a pouf (WITH CHEVRONS!) that is just the perfect space of color in my living room. : )

    • I was so late to the pouf ballgame, but I do think (especially if brightly colored or patterned) that they make a great addition to a room.

  6. I love the look of tufted headboards even though I don’t have one. I agree with all of the trends you love except the starburst mirrors. I see it in all the magazines but it’s just not my thing. I love owls, and I also try to convince myself that I liked them before they were popular. Right now my look is “particle board chic.” haha 🙂 Since my husband and I live in a small apartment and are doing that whole struggling young married thing, I don’t try to hide my “common” things, but I put them out in the open, almost as decoration – the books on my bookshelves are my art, as are my collection of colorful rain boots and coffee mugs. But I do have my grandfather’s good, solid wooden desk, and I’m keeping that baby forever.

    • Owls are EVERYwhere right now, right? I believe you that you liked them from before. My friend Megan (Simple Design contributor!) did, too.

  7. Beadboard. I would put beadboard on all the things is the husband would let me.

  8. The color red. It’s just me. I can’t decorate without it, at least in small pops.

  9. I’m cracking up at this. I’m a designer by trade and on every single one of those wagons with you. I have about 5 sunburst mirrors hanging in various parts of my house, 2 gold, one bronze, 2 rustic wood ones…. overkill? I don’t care, I have a lot of rooms and I like them. I have a bunch for sale too. I have an Orange Moroccan leather pouf in the living room, I have bird figurines throughout the house and lots in my inventory, instead of graphic wallpaper, I hand paint large graphic patterns on the wall, and love stainless appliances. I also have a thing for ceramic garden stools because they can be seating or a table and they are so cute. @Joanna, I’m with you on the owls plus a couple elephants. Super fun post Laura.

  10. i love them all! unfortunately my rental does not allow for stainless steel but wallpaper *is* allowed and you can bet i am going to tackle that asap.

  11. I don’t even have all stainless steel, but I’m hoping to acquire it! Don’t care if it’s on its way out…it’s what will look best with the other things in our kitchen. And I seem to have a bird thing going, too. (How could I not? I live near Portland!)

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