By CATHI AYCOCK
Avocado green appliances, mauve paint, all things country French and faux Tuscany: each of these trends give a specific time warp to a home.
It is easy to fall into the trap (we paid good money for that fake Tuscan stone wall mural 15 years ago … ) and even easier to become blind to the things we live with every day that no longer are in style.
We offer a list of the top five things that make your home look dated. And ideas for options that give your space a fresh style.
Swag window treatments are out. Ditto fringed trim or ornate, poufy window treatments. Instead, opt for classic, linear drapes, bamboo blinds or traditional plantation shutters.
Faux no mo’
Faux finishes, especially those mimicking stone or aged plaster are out. Today, real organic elements like a stacked stone fireplace or wooden ceiling beams add the real deal for interest. In many cases, a fresh coat of paint (over those faux murals) will instantly update a room.
Ornate rugs that aren’t
Ornate fake Persian rugs were all the rage for decades. That day has ended as designers want authentic or nothing. Instead of a fake Persian, look for a simple sisal or loomed rug. The look is clean and doesn’t feel as though your house is trying to be something it isn’t.
If you have more than ten accessories in your family room (on tabletops, bookshelves, mantel) consider editing your collections. One power piece, a large-statement accessory, is much more on-trend while lots of little collectibles reads granny.
Matching sofa and loveseat
Symmetry is one thing. Two sofas facing each other is classic. But matching sofa and love seat? Like design-lite, the big box furniture store favorite is dated. Instead, buy a sofa and two chairs or two sofas. Who can really sit comfortably on those so-called love seats anyway?