I grew up surrounded by design magazines, old standards like Southern Living and Architectural Digest, but I think the point at which I really started to get excited about decorating was when old-school Domino first made its debut, in the summer of 2005. So that's ten years of looking at pictures, of watching trends. When I peruse those old issues I see lots of things that look a bit dated, but also, surprisingly, lots of things that we might have been tempted to think of as trends back then that still feel fresh and current. Here are five home decor "trends" that have beat the odds and just kept going and going.
Books by color.
I remember, the first time I saw books arranged by color, many many years ago, thinking how it seemed so fresh and cheerful. I had no idea, at the time, how hugely contentious this particular trend would turn out to be. Those against argue that arranging your books by the color of their spines makes them impossible to find, and that people who do so must be vain aesthetes. I'll admit to having done this in my own house, where I found that arranging the books by color actually helped me find things, since sometimes I would remember the color of a book's spine but not its title. Maybe this is why arranging your books by color continues to be popular, despite the chorus of naysayers. Or maybe it's just because it looks nice.
Antique furniture upholstered in modern fabrics.
The sofa above was featured on the front cover of the very first issue of Domino. To be honest, that's kind of what made me fall in love with the magazine. There was something so fresh and exciting about an older, more traditional piece given new life with an exciting, graphic pattern. Fast-forward ten years and this idea is still just as charming, and still crops up all over.
I think, when the obsession with Eames chairs and hairpin legs and beautiful walnut credenzas began years ago, that a lot of us thought it was a fad. Although you don't see as many interiors anymore that go full MCM, perhaps because people don't want to feel like they're living in a Mad Men set, the popularity of this style of furniture shows no signs of flagging.
After all those big, chintzy 80s designs, wallpaper was out for a very long time. And when it started to make a comeback, everyone was a little skittish, afraid that it would be a passing fad. But wallpaper is still cropping up in stylish homes all over, albeit in slightly more subdued prints.
Dark dark walls.
Remember this bedroom, from Jenna Lyons' gorgeous Brooklyn brownstone? It made a lot of us thinking differently about painting our walls a really dark color, or even black. When, a few years later, I wrote a post about rooms with black walls, I still thought of it as a trend — but this is one trend that doesn't show any signs of slowing down.
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Re-edited from a post originally published 9.23.15-NT