No one wants to believe that the décor in their home is outdated yet these things can sneak up on us without us even realizing it. Sandy Smith of Australia wrote an article titled “Building and decorating trends that date your home the most” that looks at several specific interior design trends that have outlived their welcome – and many indicate that your home is outdated.
She writes, “Not every design trend is going to add style to your home. Think back to the days of carpeted walls, spa baths and water beds. It is tempting to follow the latest trends but which ones are on the way out? We asked the experts for their advice. “2015 was a fun year, we used the hexagon tile,” says Nathan Ruttner, Interior Designer at Techne Architecture and Interior Design in Melbourne.
“This tile, acting as a feature, allowed us to break our rules stepping away from mainly using the square and rectangle tile. But as fast as it has come in, the overuse of it has really given the hex a dated look.”
She also discusses feature lighting and feature walls as an example, “Putting lights over benches, over vanities in bathrooms and over dining tables is an overused idea,” says architect Jesse Linardi, design director at DKO Architecture in Melbourne. “It’s not so much that the idea has no merit, rather that lighting fixtures tend to date very quickly.” The same applies for feature walls using fake stone or wallpaper, he adds. “Simple classic and natural finishes tend not to date.”
Another example she gives are hotel-style ensuite bathrooms. “From a design point of view, open area ensuite bathrooms used as a feature off the master bedroom look great but from a practical sense they give you no privacy,” says Robert German from Beller Real Estate in Windsor, Melbourne. “Steam can flow from one room to another and quite often it connects to an open walk-in robe which obviously isn’t good for your clothing.”
Does your home fit any of these criteria? If so, there are things you can do about it. One of the easiest, fastest, and most affordable ways to upgrade your home is to invest in new window coverings. Roman shades are a popular – yet classic – option that is sure to stand the test of time.