Home trends are dictated by social media, the internet, even TV shows. So how do you go about curating a unique home in a world that looks ever increasingly the same?
I read an article a couple of months ago on a big name website about the way the world of design is becoming smaller and smaller. The main thesis of the article was basically centered around the idea of globalization and our ever shrinking individualism. Because of social media, the internet, and big box stores, our homes are becoming less and less unique, and more and more like everyone else’s.
I have to admit, after reading the article I felt a little bit defeated. Was I a victim of sameness? Should I do something drastic like give up shopping at Target? (horrors!) Was my home too farmhouse? Too pottery barnesque? Did I own too many things from Ikea? But it also got me thinking – what is the ultimate purpose of our home, and how much do other people’s opinions really matter?
I kept coming back to the idea that, ultimately, our homes are meant to serve the people who live there, plain and simple. It’s easy to get caught up in the limitless inspiration of Pinterest, or the beautiful home tours on blogs, but at the end of the day your home is where you go to be safe, to shelter your family, to gather together with friends. It’s your haven.
Curating A Unique Home in a World of Sameness
Here’s the thing, home trends were around long before the internet was invented. My childhood home was built in the early 60’s and to this day boasts a pink tub, toilet, tile……you get the picture. It was the height of popularity in the early 60’s and there were a lot of color coordinated bathrooms out there – all without the help of social media. So I guess my point is that there always have been and always will be home trends.
All of that being said, I don’t think that anyone really wants their home to look exactly like someone else’s. We want our homes to reflect our personality through our personal style. So what do you do? Is it possible to have a unique home but still follow trends? I’m not an expert, but here is my two cents: I think you can have both.
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Adding Trends to Your Home
So how do you add trends to your home without it looking too, well, trendy? This is the tricky part in some ways because so much of how you decorate your home is personal. It’s about what you like. If you love the modern farmhouse style and want to shiplap every wall in your home because you love it that much, I think you should do it. At the end of the day you live there and you should love living there.
Now personally, I take the approach of what I like to call “adding a little bit of everything” when it comes to trends. This helps me in two ways: One, combining elements from different styles helps to keep things interesting and a little bit different in our home. Second, it helps keep me from going overboard on too much of a good thing (and buying allll the things).
I don’t necessarily fall cleanly into one design category so this might be a little bit easier for me than for someone who has a very specific design style.
Creating A Gathered Look
I believe the key to curating a unique home isn’t necessarily about having all unique things, I think it’s more about creating a gathered look. For instance, to use the modern farmhouse example again: I might add in a farmhouse style dining table, but use a beaded chandelier that feels more beachy and boho over it. This combines two trends that I love, but helps keep them fresh and interesting because you don’t always necessarily see them together.
Other examples of this:
- Combining modern furniture with a traditional Persian rug.
- Using shiplap on a bathroom wall in combination with a transitional style vanity.
- Using subway tile for your kitchen in an unexpected color, like aqua or blue.
- Add something thrifted. There’s no better way to add character to your home than with something pre-loved! (check out more thrifting tips in this post)
Remember, when all is said and done, you are the one living in your home. So take the time to examine what you really love and what makes your home feel like you. After all, your home should reflect you and your personality – whatever style that happens to be for you.
Are you someone who follows home trends or do you stick with pretty much the same style?
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Julie Briones says
I actually probably do a lot the same that you do… I call my style “coastal farmhouse cottage”, because I like all the elements of these styles (I even have thrown in a bit of industrial by using plumbing fixtures for my open shelving hardware.) Living in a VERY SMALL rental home sometimes limits me, but it also challenges me to do things differently. I enjoy it, a lot! 😉 Thanks for sharing this, Tiffany. I’m going to feature it on my Tuesday Turn About next week, if that’s okay?
Ha! I think we are probably similar in the way we define our style 🙂 Most days I want to have a beach house/cottage/farmhouse and can’t decide what direction to go! And thanks so much for the Tuesday Turnabout feature, I’m flattered:)
I loved this article! I just recently found you, and I find your ideas refreshing!
So many of the Instagram pictures I follow lately, look the same. Especially the “farmhouse” inspired trend. They all kind of just run together. Growing up on a farm, I appreciate the look, but color is beautiful, cheerful, it brings life to a space! Don’t be afraid to use it.
I too, feel it’s important to create a space that reflects individuality. Don’t get caught up in having the same space as others! Ideas are great, but trust your own decorating instincts, and enjoy the space that is yours and one of a kind.
Thanks so much for following along, Christy! It’s definitely a hard line to walk – I think we’re all somewhat susceptible to the pressures of instagram and social media. I know sometimes I question myself about decorating choices I make, but then I just have to remind myself that our homes are there primarily to serve us, so do what you love! p.s. I grew up on a farm too! 🙂