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How to not let trends date your home

Design: @the_textured_room

The #1 thing every client tells me is that they want their space to have character and interest, but they dont want it to be too "trendy" and then feel dated in 5-10 years. From the Burgundies and Oranges of the 90's to the All grey era we all had in the 2010's, design is ever changing and can be hard to execute in a way that will transcend the the fads of time.

Lets take a look at some of the most recent trends over the past 30 years:


We all remember those old orange oak and maple kitchen cabinets. (Or at least I do!) We had tiled countertops and lots of Burgundy carpet. I remember my friend getting dark wine red carpet in her room, and I wanted it so bad. it was so pretty!

The 90's was also popular for lots of floral wallpapers, pinks and oranges that make up that classic tuscan kitchen, and the ever so lovely sponge paint technique.

Scroll through to get a blast from the past


Moving into the 2000's, we see a lot of wallpaper still, but with color blocking and stripes. The kitchens also shift from natural oaks to dark cherry cabinets and woodwork.

The color pallets are beginning to slowly shift from all of those warm tones to more of a neutral tone but still with a lot of color. We work with a lot of beiges and tans.

We also see a lot of natural stone come in to play as travertine tile is a popular choice for flooring and walls


And now the oh so bland 2010's. This is where we saw all color drain from homes. The color pallet mainly consisted of cold grey's and whites. Here we saw a huge shift from warm inviting spaces to a more cool aesthetic.

Wallpaper all together went on a hiatus, and everyone spent hours trying to steam all of the wallpaper from their home, like they were trying to rid evil spirits from their house.

White Shaker cabinets really took over kitchens everywhere. This is when cabinet painting DIY really boomed. Everyone from the 90's and 2000's wanted to update their kitchen without having to pay for all new cabinets, so paint was a great option. It gave us a clean aesthetic.

Even if you were more of a Shabby Chic type or a sleek contemporary person, everyone seemed to have light grey walls with grey furniture, grey and white wood, Some spaces were minimal while others were overly cramped.

What are we doing in todays designs?

We still actually see a lot of similar colors and trends as we did in the past.

Wallpaper is very common again and we are all recovering our walls with funky fun prints and lots of florals. (Sorry to future us in 20 years!) Oak is the #1 wood being used right now in both cabinets, furniture, and flooring, and we are back to implementing a lot of color, especially in deep moody tones.

So if we are still doing a lot of the same things in the past why is it so different today, and how do you make sure not to renovate your home in a way that you wont hate in 5 years?