Be trendy, not tragic: expert tips for future-proofing your interior

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Jumping on board a decor trend is tempting, but an overly themed interior will date very quickly.

Jumping on board a decor trend is tempting, but an overly themed interior will date very quickly.

Trends happen to the best of us, and they’re a lot of fun. But they don’t last forever.

Sometimes no matter how much money and time you invest in decorating your home, your interior decor becomes a bit tired and the look you once loved doesn’t work as well.

So how can you passe-proof your home, while still indulging in the latest look? Here’s what the experts suggest:

Think about your colour base: do you prefer warm neutrals (stone and sand colours), or a cool palette (whites and ...

Think about your colour base: do you prefer warm neutrals (stone and sand colours), or a cool palette (whites and greys). Be consistent.

FIGURE OUT YOUR PERSONAL STYLE

You know which clothing styles work on your body, but do you know your decor style? Are you a warm and cosy sort of person, or a clean-lined minimalist? Knowing your own interior style is crucial if you want to create a home you’ll love beyond the current season.

Even a neutral colour scheme can look dated when it's too matchy-matchy. But don't despair - a quick coat of paint would ...

Even a neutral colour scheme can look dated when it’s too matchy-matchy. But don’t despair – a quick coat of paint would give this setting a new lease of life.

CONSIDER YOUR HOME’S DESIGN, TOO

What works in a high-ceilinged contemporary home isn’t necessarily appropriate for a heritage villa. And vice-versa. You can still have the decor style that you truly love, but you may need to tweak it a bit to come in line with your home’s architectural character.

The good news? If your home or apartment has no discernable character, it doesn’t mean you’re living in an anonymous-looking box – you’ve got the most flexibility of all!

HAVE CONSISTENT BASE NEUTRALS

Pick a base palette that allows for some flexibility as trends change. While you might expect this to be a mostly neutral theme, not all neutrals are created equal. Leading Australian interior designer Shaynna Blaze says it’s all about warm and cool, and “whether you love cool white and gray or warm cream and stone as a base to build on.”

Once you settle on a preference, sticking to that constant “warm or cool neutral” theme throughout your home should ensure it survives the seasonal trends. A cohesive range of neutrals are the perfect backdrop to brighter colours and period pieces, so you can still have fun with timely styles.

Accessories and layering make your interior unique. But keep an eye on things - it's easy to go overboard!

Accessories and layering make your interior unique. But keep an eye on things – it’s easy to go overboard!

KEEP YOUR COLOURS FRESH, AND FLATTERING

Painting is the simplest and cheapest way to update your home when it’s starting to feel a little unfashionable. But here’s a word to the wise: when it comes to choosing colours in your home, think about what flatters you. Why would you paint your walls yellow if it’s a colour that does you no favours?

Designer Kendall Wilson says, “Most people buy clothes in colours they look good in. If denim is your go-to, consider a navy sofa; or if you look and feel your best in brights, try mixing in a few high-impact accents with pillows or accessories.”

If you look awful in a yellow jumper, why would you buy a yellow couch?

If you look awful in a yellow jumper, why would you buy a yellow couch?

AVOID THEMED ROOMS

You might be in love with a Moroccan look right now, but remember how much you used to love shabby chic? Will you still love the boho vibe in five years’ time? It’s okay to throw in a tile-top accent table, a printed pouf or exotic throw, but entire rooms built around just the one theme will become dated very quickly. Mix it up, and fuse elements of the look you love with modern and traditional pieces that will complement each other and work together over the long term.

PICK YOUR POPS OF COLOUR
Manhattan-based interior designer Patrick Mele advises: “If you have a formal dining room, it’s a great place to try out a big move in the colour department. We usually gather in these spaces at night, a time when a deep colour, such as claret or aubergine, illuminated by candlelight, draws you and your guests to the table. Powder rooms are another place to go big with drama – they’re small spaces that can be treated as little jewel boxes and departures from the rest.”

The cool neutrals in this home are a great backdrop to bright accessories and timber accents. But they'd look just as ...

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The cool neutrals in this home are a great backdrop to bright accessories and timber accents. But they’d look just as good with ethnic patterns… or graphic black and white….or anything,

LAYERING IS GOOD, BUT TAKE IT EASY

Layering creates a diverse space and it brings your own personality into a room. So of course you should have the things you love where you can see them. Add a few sentimental trinkets and your partner should add theirs too. But if then you bought a couple of themed decorations you’re into, and you got a good deal on some cute decor at the local flea market… please, stop now. Too much “stuff” will make your home look cluttered and closed-in, and add years to its appearance.

BE PREPARED TO EMBRACE CHANGE

Trends and styles are changing quicker than ever, and they’re not about to slow down anytime soon. If you’re open to change, you can adapt your home quickly to embrace the newness as it arrives and find a way to intersperse it amongst the main furniture pieces and neutral colours you use as a base. It can be as easy as changing your cushions, painting the side tables a different colour, or giving the room a lift with some new artwork.

 – Stuff

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