Episode 68: Doing Up The Decor: Our Favorite Home Trends
We don’t know about you, but we spent our preteen days cutting pictures out of Better Homes and Gardens magazine and pasting pages together to make up dream houses. This week’s episode is an homage to those times as we’re entering into the home buying, and decorating, season. We won’t be raving about shabby chic like we did when we were 12, but we will be discussing our favorite modern day home decor trends and how we (and you) can practically implement them at home.
Bold, bright patterns are totally in right now. Leopard print, palm leaves, and graphic florals are having a moment, and I am here for it. In small doses, that is. To prevent taking this too far, my plan (and suggestion) is to use these patterns sparingly. A powder bathroom or couch pillows are great ways to add a dash of trendiness without going overboard. To really keep yourself in check, look into temporary wallpaper (like this) or buy cheap pillow covers to allow yourself to easily pivot when the next trend emerges. KB cosigns this trend, as well. She’s really feeling the bold prints, geometric patterns, florals, and mirrors mirrors everywhere. What we’re really trying to say is, we’re feeling very bold over here at KK in 2018.
When you think of home decor, you don’t often think of incorporating your storage. But maybe instead of hiding away your organization, you should put it on display and make a statement. The trends in particular I’m loving right now are industrial pipe shelving (super easy to DIY, btw), two-toned kitchen cabinets, and open cabinetry (if you’re brave).
Black rooms or accent walls. You may be sensing a theme here- I’m all about bold colors and patterns right now. Again, start small with this so you don’t end up living in a gothic paradise. My plan is start with one wall in the dining room and accent with turquoise/teal. If I get brave enough, I may paint the whole room and allow plenty of natural light in, along with bright white accents, so as not to depress my dinner guests. Again, KB agrees with this sentiment. She loves moody paint colors, but probably wouldn’t agree with my choice to pain the whole dining room black.
When I think of what I love most in home decor right now, two words come to mind- faux and exposed. What sound like potentially negative character traits are actually perfect in a living room. I’m talking about faux exposed brick and faux exposed beams. Both of these trends create such a homey environment, while providing a certain level of cohesiveness and sophistication. I’m all about it.
Pink/gray/white color scheme. My BFF sent me pictures of her guest bedroom inspiration incorporating these colors and after being on the lookout for items that would work for her house, I decided to just go ahead and copy her and do my guest room the same way. This color combo effortlessly blends luxury and comfort, which is perfect for a bedroom. This would be ideal for my own bedroom, but something tells me Luke would not be on board for pink bedding. He lets me decorate the house pretty much however I want, but I feel like he might draw the line there.
Wood + hairpin legs = love. I love wood furniture and the addition of the hair pin legs keep it from taking on an overly cabin-y feel and keep the aesthetic more industrial. My dad made me a coffee table like this (again, all about the DIY) and it’s one of my favorite pieces.
Plants. Ferns, and lemon trees, and flower beds, oh my! As a new home owner, I have high hopes of trying out my green thumb and creating a garden oasis. I’m looking at my first house plant as I type this (a majesty palm, in case you were wondering) and plan to get a lemon tree and experiment with flower beds. I’ve never actually cared for anything other than the succulents I used as my wedding center pieces, which all promptly died less than 6 months later, but I have high hopes that a new house means new gardening powers.
Mid-century modern furniture. This is the trend I feel most nervous about because I’m afraid to invest in a table or chairs and this trend to go out of style next year. To avoid throwing my money away, my plan is to look at places like Wayfair where they have dining tables like this one and chairs like this.