Part 1  Fad versus Trend

(This post will be broken up into two parts over the course of two weeks)

Are you one who doesn’t know the difference between a trend, fad or classic? Do you get caught up in buying the latest interior design items in a store only to find out in a couple of months your home looks dated? Want to purchase investment pieces or decorate your home so it will stay “in fashion” for at least a couple of years? Maybe even a decade? If so this series is for you!

I and other fellow bloggers will be showing designs you can incorporate into your own home that will make you perfectly happy for years to come. I am excited to introduce you to these bloggers and you will be elated to see their designs! Just make sure to click on the pictures to take you to their blogs. 

Knowing the Difference Between a Trend versus Fad

The primary difference between a trend and a fad is that trends have the potential to be long-term influencers on the market. Trends have a much longer lifespan than fads. In fact, they can continue to be fashionable for years and even decades.  

The easiest way to categorize a fad is one word: Short. Fads are short-lived phenomenon that fade in a relatively brief period of time. Typically, fads last for a total of one season, but they can also last less than a month. Although engaging in fads can be fun, they are often not worth investing a large amount of money or time (think of the fidget spinner, millennial pink, or Edison style light bulbs). When the fad runs its course, you can expect to see a marked decrease in social conversations, a rise in negative conversations, and low user retention levels.

How to Distinguish Trends from Fads

Let’s take blue jeans/denim for example. Blue jeans started out as a poor man’s work clothing because it was inexpensive and highly durable. The more you wear it the more comfortable and relaxed it became. It was once associated with the lower status of society. But today blue jeans are considered a staple and high fashion. People wear them to the office, out on dates, etc. Some people have admitted to spending more on a pair of blue jeans than on a three piece suit. Indeed, people will pay hundreds of dollars for a pair of blue jeans.

Over the last hundred years our values, our outlook, and behaviors toward denim has changed immensely. That’s a sign of a trend. By contrast, styles of blue jeans — high rise, low ride, colored denim, skinny leg, acid wash, ripped — those are fads, and those change with the season.

2020 Interior Trends That Will Carry You Through The Next Decade

If you are anything like me, you do not want to get caught up in fads for interior design. Especially since interior design fads can quickly date your home. Nor do I want to waste my money on something that will quickly fade into obscurity. Here are some trends (not fads) you can incorporate into your home immediately that will last for the next several years to come.

  1. Black Walls

Oh my gosh, black walls are everywhere right now and designers are seemly not getting enough of this latest look. Most people are afraid to get on board with this trend because they believe dark colors make a room feel smaller and it can feel a little claustrophobic. 

Black can fool the eye into not knowing where the wall begins and ends, creating an illusion of more space. Black tends to recess things. Just like light colors tend to highlight and make items come forward (think of highlighting your cheeks), black will make walls seems further back. Black walls can invigorate just about any room, from a cozy library to a spacious kitchen.

Black Walls
Home Made Lovely

2. Brass and Gold

You’ve probably noticed brass and gold as a trend because it is one of the most embraced movements so far. I got a lot of Facebook messages when I uploaded my post “I admit it…I’m a gold freak” with many confessing that they too were gold freaks. 

Brass and gold in the past were used more gaudily, but now you see bits and pieces of these warm hues popping up in people’s homes. Such as door pulls, shower heads, light fixtures and silverware. Gold and brass has the tendency to elevate rooms to a luxurious and expensive look. These two are a surprisingly warm and subtle alternative to the expected steel accents and will be sure to add an everyday sense of elegance to even the simplest of spaces.

Brass and Gold
PMQ for Two

3. Wallpaper

One of the most inexpensive ways to transform a room is with wallpaper. The most beautiful things about wallpaper is that it is temporary.  Wallpaper can make the biggest impact to a room if you are looking for a big change. 

If you are wondering what styles of wallpaper are trending now, look for floral designs, leaf/plant, and geometric patterns. Floral wallpaper has technically been around for a long time, but there’s a big difference between the floral interior design trends of 2020, and the old pink flowery wallpaper and furniture you might remember seeing in your grandmother’s home.

Wallpaper in the dining room
Atta Girl Says
Wallpaper
Southern Hospitality

4. Hollywood Regency

If the more glamorous, the better is your home decor theme, you need to know about Hollywood Regency. This design style came out of Hollywood’s Golden Age, in the 1930s. Producers and directors wanted to bring added star power to their films, so they decorated with serious richness and lavishness in mind.  

Stars such as Joan Crawford translated this décor into their home. Designers made the homes larger than life with bright colors and big bold patterns in sleek low-lying furnishings and extravagantly dressed walls and windows. Hollywood Regency is known for its glamour, drama and cheeky eclecticism. This décor style is very ornate.

Art Deco
Rain on a Tin Roof

5. Geometric Patterns

Geometric patterns have been on an upward trend for years now, so much so that you can find geometric patterned on anything. The only problem with geometric patterns being so popular is that it’s on everything notebooks, wallpaper, couches, bedding, art, floors, and other decor.

It’s so easy to overdo and overwork geometric patterns, but don’t expect this trend to be going away anytime soon. You can still make a statement with bold and vibrant geometric patterns. Stick with more classic or contemporary patterns with furniture patterns and throw blankets.

Pick an area of your home where you want the geometric pattern to make the boldest statement. How about geometric bathroom floor tiles, or geometric wallpaper with a not so busy pattern and garish design? It’s all about being tactical.

Geometric Patterns
Rain on a Tin Roof

6. Layering Old and New

One of the fastest routes to a boring room is sticking to a single style or period. Most homeowners are over the ‘one-stop-shop’ design resources (think of puffy couches and loveseats) and are taking the design of their homes to the next level by getting happy with mixing and matching the old and new.

The most livable and inspirational rooms combine old and new pieces in a variation of styles to give them an effortless sense of having been gathered over time.

Lonny blog states “An easy way to mix old and new is to consider a room’s architecture. If you live in a 1930s house, you can incorporate some period pieces, and then add contemporary lighting, rugs, or accessories to bring the rooms into the 21st century. If you live in a brand new high-rise apartment, choose a Persian rug, an antique mirror, or a vintage chandelier to create a sense of history and warmth.”

Old and New
Polished Habitat

Make sure to read next week’s post for part 2!

Want to read other posts by Kimmothy? Click on these:

Interior Trends That Are Out for 2020

The Top Five Trends For 2020

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Donna Poole

    I’m enjoying your posts. They’re interesting and well-written!

    1. Kimmothy

      Donna, thank you so much. How is your blog going?

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