How Do You Deal with Design Trends?

How Do You Deal with Design Trends?

Sarah Dobbins
Jan 19, 2012

Chevron. Decals. Trellis prints. Things made out of pallets. Keeping calm, carrying on, etc. You see something you love on the internet, and then you see it again, and then suddenly it's everywhere — and before you know it, it's old and tired and people are already starting to make fun of it. Does this sound familiar? How do you fit design trends into your personal decor?

On one hand, it could be said that it's foolish to embrace something simply because it's popular. On the other hand, it could be said that it's foolish not to embrace something you like, just because it's a fad. If you outright rejected any design element that was trendy, you may find yourself intentionally leaving things you love out of your home for fear of being thought a trend-follower. But the other side of the coin is snapping up what's hot, only to be shortly tired of it and ready to change it all out again.

There's also the consideration that not all people follow trends online or in magazines. Not everyone has a Pinterest account; not everyone visits multiple design blogs daily. Trends that may seem worn out online may actually fit right in in the "real" world. Example: If I were to, say, make a table out of old pallet wood and put it in my living room, what would happen? In internet-land, I'd put it online and get a mediocre, possibly bored response from lots of folks who have seen it done several (dozen?) times before. But in real life, with real flesh-and-blood guests and visitors, I'd probably knock their socks off with my ingenuity (optimistically speaking.)

What are your thoughts? Do you refuse to conform to any trend, even if you (secretly) kind of like a few of them? Do you take a more even-handed approach to what's popular? Or (admit it!) do you happily jump on lots of bandwagons, and enjoy every minute of the ride?

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(Images, clockwise from upper left: 1. Jennifer Wray, for Apartment Therapy, 2. Adrienne Breaux, for Apartment Therapy, 3. Funky Junk Interiors, for Apartment Therapy, 4. Jason Loper, for Apartment Therapy)

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