Television’s Influence on Home Design Trends
Anyone who pays attention to home decorating trends is aware of the overwhelming influence Chip and Joanna Gaines’ show, Fixer Upper, has had on home design trends. Joanna’s decorating style combines rustic and industrial elements, blending wood and metals to create a very recognizable, signature look. Her style is simple and clean while the rustic elements make the area warm and inviting. They have created their own brand, the very successful Magnolia.
Anywhere you shop today, their influence is evident; the grey hues available for every material, old barn doors, quotes and phrases featured as wall art, etc. In fact, if you prefer a warm color palette, you will be challenged to find things for your home in any of the home décor stores. You may need to shop in antique stores to find traditional decorating items.
Some of the popular places to shop for current home trends include:
- Home Depot
- Merola Tile
- Home Goods
- At Home
- Bed and Bath
If you are in the market for a new home, any home you visit will feature these new design trends. The walls are all painted in shade of gray; tile floors are often wood look; stainless steel and black pipe are common metals for fixtures and shelving; and kitchen backsplashes feature shiny, subway tile, previously seen only in bathrooms.
If you love this style, you’re in luck, because you will find it everywhere and in every price range. If it’s not your taste, you may wonder why there is so little variety of choices. Why does a popular television show have so much influence as to eliminate any other design choices from availability?
If you’re in the market to sell your home, you’ll probably want to stick with this popular trend since it appeals to a wide audience; however, if you want your home to be an expression of your interests and passions, being so limited in your choices of home décor makes shopping for your home disappointing.
Some resources/options for finding more traditional décor include:
- Tag sales
- Garage sales
- Antique shops
- Framed photos
Decorating trends will come and go over the years. A home is the largest investment for most people and where you spend most of your time. If you plan to be in your home for many years, then think about how long you can live with the décor you choose. It’s easy to switch out tabletop decorations, wall art, and inexpensive furnishings when you need a change. You may want to stick to neutrals for the bigger ticket items, so they lend themselves to the updates you want to make down the line.
Your home should reflect your taste and make you comfortable whether that includes modern trends or traditional elements. Feel free to express your own style and not be limited by a hot trend that may fade away in a few years. It’s more important that your home suits you than the people who visit you on occasion.
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