There’s nothing better than updating your home with the latest trends to make you feel stylish and up to the minutes. However, many decorating trends only suit certain homes and lifestyles, and aren’t entirely functional for the average Australian. From Millennial Pink to Ultra Violet, minimalism to Marie Kondo, décor rends are often good in theory and fabulous in photos’ but just don’t work in real life.
Here are six décor trends that don’t work in real life.
1. All-white interiors
All white interiors have long been the backdrop to many a beautifully styled interior. While they channel Scandinavian flair and Parisian chic, all-white interiors often aren’t suitable to busy homes with pets, children and the morning rush. Be prepared to spot clean as soon as spills or stains happen, repaint the moment scuff marks appear and vacuum regularly to avoid dirt showing up at the most inopportune of time.
2. Layered rugs
Layered rugs are the trademark move of many interior stylists, they add texture, colour and depth to a room, not to mention make it look snuggly. However, with more layers comes more opportunities to trip over rolling rug edges. You’re better off committing to one large rug with rug grips underneath to keep it in place and slip free.
Minimalism is the art of having absolutely no clutter in your home. Reducing trinkets and treasures from shelves and tables and getting rid of everything but the bare essentials. However, those of us who are the sentimental type will struggle to remove or reduce the memories and knick-knacks they have on display, let alone let go of those fancy dresses hidden in the back of your cupboard for a ‘special occasion’. Embrace your love for displaying your things and go for an eclectic or bohemian interior style instead.
4. The gallery wall
The gallery wall is an enduring décor trend that takes time, patience and multiple measuring sessions to get right. Not only do you need to pick pictures and frames that all look fabulous and cohesive together, but you’ve got to hang them all straight, within equal distance of one another and in some sort of edited formation that looks pleasing to the eye when you enter the room. Unless you’re a seasoned picture framer and hanger, this particular trend is tricky to master. Invest in one big impactful artwork instead and make it the focal point of the room.
5. Bright block colour trends
Millennial Pink, Ultra Violet and jewel tones all have one thing in common: they’re all Instagram and Pinterest-famous colour trends. Bright block colour trends tend to age interiors very quickly, look cheap we done incorrectly and are expensive to change when it comes to updating or fixing a ‘look’. You’re better off sticking to a neutral colour palette of tried and true timeless hues such as white, black, grey, navy and shades of beige, even muted greens. If you truly want to try a pop colour tend, inject it into your home via affordable art, cheap homewares and decorative items.
6. Open shelving
Open shelving looks so chic when done well, with all items colour coordinated and styled effectively. However, for anyone who requires their homes to be functional and conducive to quick and easy tidy up sessions, open shelving can be a nightmare to get right. Choose extra storage options instead, they’re easier to keep tidy and hide myriad storage and colour sins.
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