How To Use Trends In Your Home

When we attended the Ahead of the Curve panel a few weeks ago, we had an opportunity to hear what design leaders feel are the next design trends. One trend we wanted to try was...

...the mixed metal trend but we didn't want to go overboard with a large metal object. When we spotted these votives we knew this was how we wanted to interpret the mixed metal design. Since trends come and go (some just go and some just stay) Here are a few tips for using trends in your home. And remember that a trend to one person may be a forever accent to another. It's all a matter of opinion and what you love, you should display in your home.

1) Consider how simple the trend is. If the trend is using a typical accent, like mirrors, then maybe spending good money on it is worth it since you know you can continue using the object. If the trend is more specific, like sheen pieces, maybe investing in this type of piece may not suit your style in a few months or a year.

2) Small in size can be big on impact. Look for your trend in a smaller scale, like the votives we spotted. Use them in your space by pairing them up with another focal object. We use our new votives on a mirrored tray that we placed right on our coffee table. This small design set-up showcases the trend in a big way.

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3) Balance out the trends with your neutral accents and furniture. If you are interested in showcasing your trend - say turquoise which is a big trend right now - then surround it with more neutral items, like these bright turquoise vases on top of a wooden console near a simple white sofa.

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