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A Fad versus A Trend | What’s the Difference

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What is the difference between a fad versus a trend? People confuse fads with trends when talking about fashion or decorating. When you see a room online or in a magazine you get inspired to try something new.  Changing a room’s decor to keep up with fads can be expensive, which is why it is better to look at trends instead.

Fad Versus Trend

A fad according to the definition is “something that becomes very popular in a short amount of time, and then is forgotten about at the same speed.” Some fads you may recall were big floral wallpaper, wall-to-wall mirrors, dried arrangements on walls, oversized furniture, poofy window treatments, and (ugh!) carpet in the bathroom.

They were popular at one time but now you say “how could we ever think that was nice?!” Probably because at the time it filled an emotional need that made you feel that it was nice, and a good look. Although fads come and go they can still have a place in your decor.

trends in the 1980

What is a Trend

A trend is typically based on a lifestyle change. It will be “something that will last for a longer time.” Values and attitudes toward the trend are different; they have longevity and are considered timeless. Think of white bath fixtures, neutral color walls, and hardwood floors all of these elements in the design are and will remain timeless.

trending finishes make this bath timeless

Decorating to last

How do you decorate incorporating trends with a little fashion fad, and pull it off to look great? There is a balance that comes with a good design. Because home decor can be expensive, the waves of trends and fads do not move as quickly as in the fashion world. To keep a beat on what works and what does not; keep in mind when renovating a space the tried and true key elements of the room such as flooring, bath fixtures, and appliances. Consider what has been around, and probably will be for years to come. White for bathrooms is classic. The features that are more costly are the ones you will not want to get too creative with. Items like light fixtures, wall color, and/or accessories are something you can be more daring with. The lights, wall color, and accessories are not as costly and can be changed more readily. This is where the balance comes into play to create a great design.

Don’t forget the details too. These are the hardware, the faucet styles, and again the lighting. These convey an updated home versus a dated home.

Staying power

Every year there are trends that designers watch for. These can translate to those tried and true items that have staying power. One thing to keep in mind though. Take a good objective look at your home every five years to see whether the items in your home are what you see in stores, design magazines, or even popular TV shows. These are a few suggestions to keep up with what is current. Changing your paint color, the Tiffany light fixture in the kitchen that used to be popular in the 80’s, or that floral wallpaper border might seem quite daring to you, but give it a try.

Small changes can make a huge impact.

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Karen GP

Author Karen GP

Karen GrayPlaisted is the principle owner of Design Solutions KGP. She is a graduate from Pace University and The Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC. Her marketing background and design sense are a perfect combination for home sellers. In the first year she began her staging business, she won the ‘Rising Star’ accolade from RESA, selected from all North American stagers, USA and Canada. In 2016 she won top Occupied Stager in the USA. Karen’s ability to educate and empower clients using simple solutions allows homeowners to transform their spaces with desirable affordable decadence.

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