Monday, January 16, 2012

Timeless home design, the key to not becoming a trend

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The interior design industry, media, all tell us what we are supposed to have in our homes. Not only do they dictate what we have, but also what color it should be, and how much it should cost. This could very well be the best definition of a trend. Gone are the days when consumers had some flexibility in their homes décor. If it's too colorful, too personal, it's a design no no. Don't deviate or you could ends up losing money. Question, should we always follow the trends? Answer, no. If you live in South Carolina and are on a quest to find unique décor that is timeless, see the link on South Carolina antique mall directories at the bottom of this article.

There are many factors to consider when we ask ourselves what trends we should follow. First and foremost, good design is good design in any color. If you aren't planning on selling your home the big question isn't whether it meets mainstream's spoon fed ideas, but whether it works for your lifestyle and budget. Current trends aren't necessarily what keeps your homes value as history demonstrates. Which is why you aren't seeing Avocado green appliances in Lowes, it was after all a trend at one time. In fact if you hold onto a trend long enough it will actually hurt your home's value.

Thumbing through home magazines and you will undoubtedly see homes that have gone off of the beaten path in their design aesthetic. Why? Consider this, if every issue of Better Homes and Gardens featured a kitchen with Cherry cabinets, stainless steel appliances and granite counter tops, would we be very interested? Not really. Why not? Well most home owners that have updated their home in the past ten years have “been there done that.” Cherry cabinets, granite, and stainless steel are all the current trend to a degree and are readily seen in new home construction as a standard. Home builders, and home buyers got on the bandwagon, because the mainstream media said “do it or lose value in your home.” Using words like, “dated,” and “undesirable” and “too personal” made everyone scurry to stores and get what everyone else was getting. The end result, a beautiful kitchen, and very popular and very common. This isn't a bad thing mind you, an updated kitchen is a must have. It's abandoning the individuality that is sad. So how do we merge updates, with our own style and come out winning?

Consider what gets noticed. Look in home design magazines. What you are likely to see featured are designs where home owners went their own way using good design, and a determination to avoid what the trend is. The results are beautiful, personal, and unique. The idea is to create a home that has timeless style. Timeless style has little to do with trends, in fact it is very hard to track down the overall scheme to a particular decade. Timeless design is not the easy way to a great look, in fact, it takes research, patience, and definitely a good creative eye. It is a design aesthetic that reaches back in the past, and far into the future with its visual appeal and practicality still intact throughout the ages. It's good quality, and outlives trends, and ultimately holds the best value long term. Take time to get to know the designer in you. You may have a specific taste your aren't even aware of. Check out the link at the bottom of this article and take the HGTV style finder quiz.

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