I’m always amazed at how things come in and fall out of style so quickly. I’m also amazed by how quickly things come back around. Last night I spent some time perusing the latest home decor catalogs (yes, I still get catalogs). You know – Pottery Barn, Crate and Barrel, William Sonoma Home – and it struck me that even in home decor, trends are boomerangs. They always come back. They may come back in new and different ways but they really do come back.
Case in point – sea inspired home decor. A few years ago you couldn’t walk in a mall without seeing coral and shells on everything. Coral napkin rings, pillows, framed art…you name it. Fast forward to 2011 and surprise! It’s back. You can buy this, or this, or this or any of this and chances are you bought something similar not too long ago.
Another example? Decorating with white. In 2007 and 2008 this was a major trend. I hope you kept your white pillows and throws because white is back (you may remember that I wrote about this recently in another post…) For some great white accessories check out West Elm, Crate and Barrel, Lekker and Jonathan Adler.
Another blast from the past? Floral. There are more floral sheets and curtains out there than one person can handle. I personally don’t favor the look, particularly when it all goes a bit country, but that’s ok – there’s a place for it. For pretty floral numbers, check out Pottery Barn, Target and Garnet Hill. A tip for decorating with floral – don’t overdo it. Too much floral can turn from pretty to putrid very fast.
The moral of the story is to keep things that you love. There’s a good chance it will come back around.