We’ve all been guilty of jumping onto the bandwagon of the latest trendy design idea. However, often times these trendy choices that we make do not end up standing the test of time. Whether it’s hair or furniture, we all have something we regretted doing. Surely your new apartment in Mont Kiara deserves to be more than just a blast to the past.
There are a number of home décor trends that have been in constant popularity since the time when they originally made their splash onto the scene. However, it is now time for these trends to stay in the past where they belong. Read on for 10 design trends and ideas that you should avoid keeping your home in the now.
1. Nautical motifs
If nautical motifs have you thinking “kitsch”, you’re probably right. These seaside-inspired details – anchors, seashells, sailor’s rope, you name it – belong at the beach, not in your home. Even if you do own an oceanside or beachside property, why not go the subtler route? You can still achieve those beachy vibes without resorting to the obvious.
Perhaps its time to ditch the cheesy nautical-inspired décor and start embracing more natural and subtle décor elements. For example, choose a color palette that is inspired by your surroundings – blue and white is a great color combination that still invokes nautical elements without being too obvious. Think about elements such as coral or driftwood instead of anchor-lamps and starfish cushions. Edison bulbs
2. Edison bulbs
You’ve probably seen these in every hip new coffee shop from Kuala Lumpur to Subang Jaya: antique-style lights hanging from the ceiling featuring old-school Edison bulbs. We’re over it. This “exposed” lighting style belongs in the era when Thomas Edison invented it.
Think about it: why should your house look like just another hipster spot? Thankfully, statement lighting is now making a comeback. Consider choosing a gorgeous chandelier that showers your space in calming light over one those dinky little light bulbs. We’d make that choice any day. The age of trendy harsh looking lighting is officially on its way out.
Tufted furniture is centuries old and, in most cases, they’re great pieces to incorporate into any space. However, there comes a time when it has become overdone and overwrought. A tufted headboard no longer offers the glamorous feel that it once did in its glory days. Now, it just looks stuffy and outdated.
Why don’t you consider going for a statement headboard that actually makes a statement? If you want a statement-making piece, a tufted headboard is surely not the choice since it often ends up blending in with your mattress. Instead, think about a gorgeous carved wooden headboard or a fancy faux brass one.
4. Mason jar mania
Mason jars have long been heralded as the practical answer to all home-storage needs. They can be candle holders, soap dispensers, flower vases, and the list of uses goes on and on. However, although this might still be a trend, perhaps it is time to embrace something new.
Artisan goods are fast gaining appreciation in design circles. Pieces like hand-crafted vases and blown-glass pieces are great additions to your space – not to mention, they’re more unusual than the standard mason jar option. What this also means is that for now, the mason jars can go back to their original job of storing canned preserves.
5. Matching window valances
You know you’ve stepped into decades past when you have window valances that match with the curtains, and even worse match with the fabric on the furniture. Nowadays, not everything has to be matchy-matchy. Swap those boxy window treatments out for some updated options. Consider some more updated window treatment choices that will surely bring your home out of the past and into the present.
6. Wicker furniture
Wicker furniture are great pieces for the outdoors that can withstand the elements of the rain and sun. However, just because they’re practical doesn’t mean that you should bring them into your house. Although the world saturated their interiors with wicker furniture in the 80s and 90s, this is no longer necessary for today. Although they’re practical and sturdy, perhaps it’s better to leave the wicker furniture for your outdoor patio. Instead, play around with other ideas, such as investing in a bright colored sofa instead.
7. Dusty pastels
Dusty pastels in blue or pink were rampant in the 80s. However, this had the effect of giving everything a perpetual just-not-quite-clean look. Although it hides the dust, you wouldn’t want your space to look dirty when it is actually clean. Thankfully, today’s colors are more decisive. Consider ditching the dusty pastel colors for sharper color choices. Jewel tones like purple and sapphire blue are amazing ways to make an outstanding statement.
8. Hollywood mirror lights
We all have that star in us that’s waiting to shine. However, just because you’re a star, doesn’t mean that you need to be blinded by Hollywood mirror lights. This 90s trend has the opposite effect than you would want in your bathroom: the lights are harsh and end up washing you out. Today’s bathroom lighting options are thankfully softer and more delicate and reflect the essence of what a bathroom should be – calm and relaxing.
9. Ferns everywhere
Ferns are beautiful plants, don’t get us wrong, but surely you don’t need one in every room (or worse, have more than one in every room). In the 1990s and 2000s, ferns were the go-to plant choice that took over homes. These days, there’s no need to make your living room look like a greenhouse. Now, there is more variety to choose from. Consider going for a beautiful orchid instead of the standard green fern.
10. Vertical blinds
While they might be a modern choice, vertical blinds are just plain annoying to open and close. They’re also hard to clean and maintain. These relics of the past should be kept in the past. It’s time to leave the vertical blinds where they belong – in the office. Instead, invest in beautiful window treatments in lush fabrics to incorporate a more eye-catching element in your space.