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Recently, Country Living & Coastal Living Magazines shared their predictions for upcoming home decorating trends according to industry experts and Pinterest popularity. I encourage you to open these in a new window, then pop back over to get my take on them. If you’re in a rush, just keep scrolling here. I will give you a quick recap and throw in my two cents, a little confusion, and a lot of laughs. And please, take it with a grain of salt. I am not here to offend, only to share my opinion and design choices, however different or random they may be!
As you scroll through the lists, you notice a few discrepancies. List 1: Copper is in. List 2: Copper is out. List 1: Marble is out. List 2: Marble is in. Granted these publications should have slight variations as they are geared toward different styles. However, unless you’re living on a ranch in Montana or a beach in Nantucket, you probably take inspiration from different places and styles. Ultimately, you’re looking for some cohesiveness and you’re not getting it!
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We all know interior design trends roll in and back out again as quickly as the tides change. Picture this: After 2 years of scouring Pinterest and Instagram, you’ve finally saved the finances to purchase new tile, a few throw rugs, bath fixtures, and unique accent pieces.You take the plunge, renovate the space, only to realize what you chose in your initial renovation stages (now 2 years past) is already going out of style! I mean really! What is a girl to do?! The epitome of first world problems, am I right? That my friends is why I am here; to provide you with clarification or maybe just comical relief. Aren’t you lucky? ; )
Let’s just get to it!
Country Living says you’re counter tops and a random piece here and there are okay, but not all marble everywhere. Apparently, I’ve been living under a rock because I don’t remember hearing “all marble everywhere” was ever a thing! Coastal Living suggests faux marble wallpaper on accents walls or in bathrooms. I can guarantee this girl will not be hanging any faux rock paper on any walls! It gives a cold vibe and wall paper seems like a nightmare. It requires entirely too much sweat equity to get rid of it when you decide to take on a new style. So basically, we have net neutral here. Side bar: Coastal Living is definitely pushing the wallpaper trend, with unique designs like flamingos and tropical plants. I’ll be honest (ha as if I’ve held back), these rooms feel quite inviting to me. But as a married woman (to a man who likes football and beer among other things), I know he would not be open to quirky pink birds or tropical plants on the walls. Besides, I think they’d give me a migraine or send me off the deep end! #toobusy #toomanypatterns
Coastal Living: IN
Country Living: OUT
Copper loving girl: IN forever and always
Once again, Coastal Living says this one is in. They think you should throw it everywhere; on range hoods, weather vanes, side tables, and the list goes on. But hold the phone because Country Living says it’s outdated. And once again, Country Living says those staples will always remain in style. I am becoming increasingly fond of copper. I have a few small pieces in my kitchen, but would love to acquire more in the future! So here we are, on the second trend, and yet another net neutral.
Just a few more trends to weigh in on! Keep reading if you want to be delightfully surprised at the end!
Coastal & Country: IN
“Trying to mix coastal and farmhouse styles” girl: You bet it’s IN!
Country and Coastal suggest mixing wood, quilts, velvet, ceramic, and baskets to get rich living spaces. I obviously agree with this one! I love how my sisal rugs, velvet and suede throw pillows, and woven baskets blend throughout my house. The raw wood end tables, basket gallery, leather couches, and layered rugs give the same warm feel in this one below. To me, texture creates a welcoming space, no matter the style.
Country & Coastal: IN
“Requires 8 hours of sleep” girl: Show me the bed!
Country and Coastal anticipate monochromatic bedrooms with exposed wood and soft blush or lace accents. Sign me up for that! I love the farmhouse look of exposed wood. I’m open to lace too, but I am really drawn to linen. It seems just as relaxing, if not more!
Outdoor Living Spaces
Country & Coastal: IN
“I need a screened in porch” girl: Yes, ma’am!
Country and Coastal are into container gardens on patios and balconies. The goal is to create a relaxing outdoor space to extend the temperate seasons and provide an escape from the daily grind. You don’t need to ask me twice. I will always be on board with this trend!
Country & Coastal: IN
“I want all things neutral and white” girl: OUT
Coastal and Country are pushing dark paint on walls and cabinets. I suppose if you have a large home or very high ceilings, this is an option for you. But for those of us with relatively small spaces or standard ceilings, dark walls will make the space appear even smaller. Dark hues do nothing for my well being. I need light and bright hues to keep me feeling good (except blue; navy blue makes my heart flutter)!
Coastal & Country: IN
#Iloathecarpet girl: IN
Coastal and Country are loving wood and terracotta tiles. I have to say, these are gorgeous! I am a wood or tile floor girl all the way. My sister just laid wood tiles in her bathroom and it’s beautiful. It looks like old farmhouse floors with big nail heads on the corners of each piece. And we all know tile is cheaper than real hardwood, so that’s a big win in my book!
Boring bedding and all-white interiors are out according to Country Living, but I had busy bedding and colored walls in the past, and now find myself drawn to neutrals and whites. I just switched to striped bedding, but it’s gray and white with narrow stripes, so still in the neutral range. I like the flexibility of white walls and neutral design because it allows you to add color and texture with your decor without blowing your budget or restricting you from being eclectic.
Well, that’s my recap folks! Are you breathing a sigh of relief now? You start to see a lot of similarities when you read between the lines. The trick here is to do your homework. Just scrolling through and reading the headers of a few articles won’t do you any good. The details are important and it’s always helpful to seek out multiple sources, especially from us lay people who sometimes feel just as confused! Most importantly, decorate your home however you like! Have fun with it! Incorporate textiles, patterns, colors, and textures to suit your style. Trends come and go,and you are the only person who has to live with it day in and day out. And ultimately, you can change your design style as much as you like (budget permitting, of course)!