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How to Stay Ahead of Interior Design Trends

Interior design trends are constantly evolving, so staying up to date is harder than ever. Learn ways to keep up with trends with this easy guide.

Interior décor is forever changing and adapting to fit with the new social changes, fashion changes, and overall lifestyle changes that are so rapidly thrown at people today. Staying up to date can feel like catching up constantly, and always being ten style steps behind. To keep in front of the struggle, check out this easy guide on how to stay ahead of interior design trends.

Keep your main pieces neutral and timeless

Because trends come and go so quickly, it doesn’t necessarily make sense to purchase a new couch or a new kitchen table whenever a fad kicks in. Instead, keep your main furniture pieces neutral and timeless. Wood is always in style and holds up in most trends: it’s eco-friendly and sustainable for the minimalist look, rustic and farmhouse for those trends, and even natural and bohemian for eccentric styles. Another timeless material is leather. If leather is cared for properly, it can last a lifetime. It’s also a neutral material that can be adapted into most—if not all—home styles.

When you keep your main furniture pieces neutral and timeless, you open up the opportunity to customize and flow with the trends in the form of accents and décor. For example, if an eco-friendly trend hits, you can add green or leafy throw pillows, natural-colored throw blankets, plants, and a rattan rug to completely adapt your space without major replacements.

Watch fashion trends

Fashion usually lends itself to the home space eventually. Watching the current trends in popular fashion and the emerging trends in high fashion can help you stay ahead of the curve on home décor. It takes time for fashion trends to trickle down from the runway shows to the average person’s clothing rack. Once you pick up on trends in clothing and add them to your home, you’ll be considered a trendsetter—you’ll have the styles before the world even knows the trend is on its way.

Keep your location in mind

Different cities exude different styles. If you’re in a city known for a certain style, work this into your home décor. One easy way to do this is to invest in a piece from a popular or well-known local artist. These creatives typically help set the trends for a city’s design scape and can help guide your room into local trends. Smaller and more region-specific trends are just as important as national and world trends in home décor. The best décor for your home might be rigght around you, so watch out for local trends and emerging fads.

Keep up with social trends

Social trends tend to influence the way people live their lives. This often means in lifestyle and home life. Keeping up on national and local social trends can help you navigate what’s in and what’s out. For example, social trends sway from minimalist to maximalist pretty rapidly, so having elements of both can help you to navigate the public opinion’s sharp turns.


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Karen LeBlanc

Karen LeBlanc is a travel host and writer with a popular travel show, The Design Tourist, and a companion lifestyle blog. As a widely published travel journalist and content creator, Karen is a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association. She also serves as the Design and Travel editor of the national lifestyle magazine, LaPalme. Karen believes that every destination has a story to tell through its local art, architecture, culture, and craft. This immersive creative exploration begins with authentic accommodations where the narrative of place unfolds through art, accessories, accouterments, furnishings, fixtures, and food. 

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