10 Timeless home decor trends
Keeping up with the trends in home decor can be tough. So this year, why not opt out of following the latest and greatest, and choose timeless home decor style over fleeting fads? We’ve got 10 home decor trends that will keep your style fresh for years to come.
No matter what year it is, less is always more. The less you have crowding your shelves and tables, the better your home will look — and the less you’ll have to dust! The same goes for the layout of each room. Stick with furniture that’s proportional to the room so the space doesn’t look crowded.
Trendy colors change year to year and season to season, but a room always needs a bit of color to really pop. Rather than investing in an orange couch or painting the living room aquamarine, choose accessories such as throw pillows, vases and even art in bold accent shades. These are easy to swap out every season or the next year.
As chic as that angular chair with a bucket seat looks in the magazine, don’t buy something on which you can’t comfortably sit. The same goes for glass coffee tables (too much potential for breakage) and shelves with no space. Buy home decor items that are meant to be used, not just admired from afar.
Like function, comfort is an important factor when buying furniture. It’s not timeless if you have to replace your couch because you just can never relax on it. Buy something that looks good and also feels good.
Quality over quantity
Just because you have shelves doesn’t mean they all need to be overflowing, and just because you have walls doesn’t mean every square inch should be covered with a painting or photo. Choose art and accessories wisely: Shop less often for unique and high-quality items instead of over-buying just for the sake of putting something (anything) on your walls.
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Don’t get me wrong. I love IKEA. Many of the core pieces in my home came from the Swedish retailer, and of course, the prices are hard to beat. However, when I’m ready to trade up my BESTA media cabinet, my many hacked RAST chests and my well-loved LOHALS rug for furnishings I didn’t build myself, there is a wide world of home decor purveyors out there for my—and your—picking. If you find yourself wanting a little upgrade but aren’t sure where to start looking, let this list of 10 modern shops (both online and brick-and-mortar) be your guide.
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You can’t beat free delivery on furniture, can you? Oftentimes, budgeting for the transport of your purchases can be forgotten—and quickly add up. But at APT2b, the cost to get your new goods home is zippo. Beyond their goose egg delivery fees, we love their riff on beloved midcentury silhouettes, classic modern seating and edgy casegoods…most of which is made in the USA.
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On the “affordability” scale, A+R definitely falls on the further, pricier end of the slider, particularly with regards to their furniture, but if you opt for their fantastic array of more budget-friendly accessories (like their $16 Hay trays and $30 Umbra Shift candleholders), you’ll be tapping a treasure trove of modern goodies.
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My living room product Pinterest board is comprised of many a product from Blu Dot. Their furniture and decor is modern with a hint glam—plenty of walnut with dashes of brass and marble. Don’t forget to peruse their outlet section on the site for some even better prices.
→ Reviewed: The Most Comfortable Sofas at Blu Dot
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Though their furniture is certainly lovely, we think of Canvas Home predominantly for their dinnerware and kitchen goods (just look at this matte black cutlery set!) If you’re ready for a tabletop upgrade, make sure to take a peek at their catalog.
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As Crate & Barrel’s more affordable little brother, you’ll find on-trend furniture (heavy on the metallics!), celeb/designer collaborations from the likes of Matthew Williamson and Lenny Kravitz (yup!), and really great, affordable decor. Though some of their furnishings can get a little pricey, you’ll luck out on lighting, rugs, accessories and dining/kitchen wares.
→ Reviewed: The Most Comfortable Sofas at CB2
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Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co.
You may know Schoolhouse Electric for their throwback lighting designs, but they are so much more than vintage-style fixtures. The Portland-based brand modern-yet-rustic offerings could fill your house, soup to nuts, without looking the least bit matchy-matchy. Standouts include their hardware, lighting (of course), and their bedding and bath goods.
→ The Portland Home of a Schoolhouse Electric Stylist and Product Developer
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I recently discovered this brand, and it was love at first scroll. Their tailored silhouettes are simple yet powerful, with a sprinkling of color throughout. Also, there’s something to be said about their scaled-down catalog—it’s nice not to have paralysis of choice when evaluating what a brand is selling. Beautiful and reasonably priced, you can bring home one of their sofas for around $1,200 (they max out at $1,500.)
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A great return policy, $49 flat rate (and super fast) shipping no matter how many pieces you order, and high quality furnishings at an honestly low price are all reasons to check out Article.
→ We Saw, We Sat, We Reviewed: The Most Comfortable Sofas at Article
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How could you sit on a sofa from a brand named Joybird and not be happy? Another reason to smile is the company’s upstanding sustainable practices—they plant a comparable amount of trees with every furniture purchase made of what it took to construct the piece (i.e., the sale of a chair equals three trees, a credenza, on the other hand gets eight trees). If you’re willing to wait 6-8 weeks, you get your pick of dozens of fabric colors for your new sofa, but a handful of styles are available quick ship in a standard gray.
→ Reviewed: The Most Comfortable Sofas at Joybird
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Room & Board
I love R&B’s American-made philosophy: 90% of their pieces are made in the USA by artisans in family owned workshops. On top of keeping production stateside, they offer many of their pieces in numerous sizes, finishes and colors, which lets you as the shopper take the reins of your purchase and get just what you want and need for your home.
→ Apartment Therapy Tested & Approved: The Most Comfortable Sofas at Room & Board
Re-edited from a post that originally appeared 10.12.16. — AH
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