When it comes to decorating your home, you may be the kind of person who is not a serious risk taker. There are major trends in the magazines and on the ‘design runway’ that may not necessarily be desirable for every homeowner. I know for myself, sometimes the entire House and Home magazine I receive monthly I will “oo” and “aah” at, day dream about it and then never pick it up again. Why? Well, to me there are certain styles that are seriously unrealistic. Sometimes they can be done if they are toned down, but they tend to be pretty far out there.
Don’t get me wrong, I like an ambitious job here and there, but when it comes to owning a home, some trends can be a big risk. Especially if you plan on selling it one day, it should appeal to potential buyers (not turn them off by the bright pink walls you’ve painted in your vanity room). If you are that risk-taker, you want those bright pink walls, and you are willing to paint over them before you sell, ALL THE POWER TO YA! That’s awesome!
If you are like me and you are nodding your head in agreement then you are in luck! Throughout every decade or so, there seems to be a handful of popular styles that are fluent throughout the decorating scene. I will be telling you about 5 ‘staples’ today and how they are usable in every season, throughout your house to keep it current for many years to come.
Take a look!
#1 The Antique Mirror
Although, sometimes hard to find, the antique mirror is something that will make your home look “old-world” inspired with a simple glance. Once you find the right one for your space, this piece of furniture will definitely add some class.
#2 The Accent Wall
You may notice that the accent wall has been mentioned in a previous blog post called “Ode To The Kids” and that is because the accent wall has many facets. Whether it is done in a solid colour or maybe a display of family photos in a gallery wall, this is one Staple that will always show off your personality.
Metallics are generally easy to come by. Especially if your knobs and pulls on every door are done in a brushed chrome or satin nickel. Its as easy as that! A little goes a long way.
#4 The Well-Loved Leather
This is the most comfortable of the 5 Staples, and can easily be mistaken for the overly poofy, overly “manufactured” kind. This well-loved leather is simple and when you close your eyes, you can visualize yourself sitting on this couch in a gentleman’s parlor, engulfed by a cloud of smoke. That is the true essence of this leather.
#5 Books, books and more books!
Aah books. Not only are they great for our minds and imaginations, but they can also be great for that extra pop of colour you need on your coffee table.
And you can never run out!
Now I wanted to take this opportunity to show you that I don’t just “talk the talk”, but in my home I use these Staples to my benefit as well. Check out these photos of pieces in my home:
#1 Antique Mirror
This mirror was found in the thrift store that we lived above in 2012. Notice that shining chandelier in the reflection as well. We found that on the side of the road! Both items were put in our daughter’s room. Because she’s got style.
#2 Accent Wall
This is our master bedroom. I wanted an accent wall that was such a dark blue that it was almost black. I love it. Notice those gold lamps too?
These stools are another one of our “side of the road” finds. We spray painted them copper because that is the trending metallic in our main floor.
#4 Well-Loved Leather
This chair I found on Kijiji for $40! I kept telling my husband I wanted a “cigar” chair and I definitely think I achieved that.
This is my Spring display on my coffee table that I just recently did. For spring I decided on having pops of purple, yellow and green along with my consistent neutrals. You can see a bit more of it in my bookcase below.
Well that is all the time we have for today Edgers! (I think this was a long one!)
I wanted to show you how easily these trends are to accomplish, and they will definitely keep your home stylish all year long.
I hope you enjoyed what you learned and that you are able to apply it in your own home design as well.