When I was searching for something related to decorating a few days ago, I noticed one of the top searches suggested by Google was “Decorating trends that are out.” I didn’t give it much thought initially, but it stuck with me for a few minutes and I gave it a little bit more of my attention. Why is that one of the top searches suggested by Google in relation to decorating?
Behind each internet search, there is a need… We’re looking for information, something we want to purchase, a place we want to visit. We want to satisfy our curiosity or be in the know. So, what is the need behind a search on decorating trends that are out? What is at the heart of that search?
I’m sure some people are searching it out of pure curiosity or maybe they are looking for some snarky, entertaining article bashing chevron and jute-wrapped bottles. But I think there are many people who are looking for validation. They are really asking, “Are my decorating choices okay? Does my house meet the approval of experts?”
I don’t know about you, but I don’t look around my house wondering if something is in or out, like it’s a contestant on Project Runway. I don’t ask if it’s trendy or popular or if the collective culture likes it. What motivates me to leave something or change it is if I like it.
In looking around for what’s out in 2020, here are just a few of the decorating trends that are deemed out of style by experts…
- conventional kitchen islands (the cantilever design is in)
- geometric prints (does that mean checks, too?)
- cool tones (all of them?)
- open shelving (never?)
- subway tile (no way)
- real marble (they clearly haven’t been to Europe)
- archways (same as above)
- white kitchens (is that even possible?)
Given that I love cool tones, have a white kitchen with some open shelving, subway tile, a conventional island, just used real marble in my entire bathroom makeover, love buffalo check, and have a couple of archways in my living room, my entire house is “out” in some form or fashion.
Whether something in your home hits all of the latest decorating trends is really irrelevant. You can live in a perfectly trendy home, outfitted with all of the latest it things, and absolutely hate it. On the flip side, some of your favorite decorating moments in your home, the ones that make you pause and smile, the ones that make it really feel like your home, can be on the out list and it doesn’t make you love or enjoy them any less.
So, let’s not worry about trends.
Let’s focus on a more valuable question… “What do I love and what feels like home?”
And you can’t find the answer to that question in an internet search.