Home Decorating: 5 Trends You Don’t Want to Regret in 5 years

There’s a delicate balance to be found in home decorating — keeping up with trends in styles and finishes, without doing something “so trendy” that you’ll soon find yourself regretting it. Just how is one to know which one is a fad, and which one has real staying power?

Whether you’re moving into a new season of life or moving to a new home, here are some decorating trends that design experts recommend you try to avoid, according to Apartment Therapy.

  1. Terrazzo Flooring.

Less is more for this popular trend. Designer Cagney Krzywosinski of Hyphen & Co. explains that you might find yourself regretting adding terrazzo as a more permanent part of your home. “Instead of incorporating terrazzo floors or countertops, introduce terrazzo in furniture pieces or accessories,” she says. “Try a terrazzo coffee or accent table or even a planter for a more cost-effective alternative that’s easier to replace should this trend dwindle out.”

  1. Trendy Bathroom Tiles.

Bold geometrics are quite the rage right now, but this one could easily look dated soon. Rather than patterned cement bright colors, look for a timeless look like subway tiles or a herringbone pattern. Or if you still feel the urge to go bold on the tiles, stick to a more subtle paint palette on your walls for a more subdued effect.

  1. Modern Farmhouse Decor.

Yes, it’s popular, and yes, it can look ultra-warm and homey, thanks to the influence of Joanna and Chip Gaines. But too much of a good thing … is not a good thing, if it feels out-of-place with the rest of your decor. Experts suggest only incorporating a few elements, such as a barn door or two or shiplap — and leave the rest for an actual farm.

  1. Fast Furniture.

Just because it’s inexpensive doesn’t mean it will have the right look and feel in your home. It also might not be built-to-last. Look for other ways to save on your decorating budget by buying second-hand, online marketplaces, or vintage shoppes for higher quality goods at a low price.

  1. Backless Barstools.

Although they sound good in theory, having no place to fully rest isn’t ideal for most guests. Genevieve Trousdale of Circa Genevieve explains that they aren’t very practical in the kitchen or otherwise. “Backless barstools only allow you to perch, so you can’t spend a lot of time in them,” she says. “If you want to be in the middle of the action in the kitchen, it’s better to find something with a back for support and a swivel so you can easily get in and out of them.” That being said, if you truly have limited space, then an alternative is to be sure you have comfortable dining chairs available nearby.

One timeless trend to personal style is to incorporate your personality and make your home your own. So, if there’s something from this list which you love and that genuinely brings you joy, don’t be afraid to go for it. In moderation, of course.

For the rest of their list of top trends to avoid, view the article here.