What is the difference between a fad versus a trend? People confuse fad with trend when talking about fashion or decorating.Typically you will want to consider decorating a room with a fad. Changing a room’s decor to keep up with fads can be expensive, that is why it is better to look at trends instead.
Fad Versus Trend
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.
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 attitude toward the trend are different; they have longevity and are considered timeless. Think of white bath fixtures, neutral color walls, hardwood floors all of these elements in the design are and will remain timeless.
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; it helps to keep in mind when renovating a space is to go with a tried and true trend for the key elements of the room such as flooring, bath fixtures, appliances; and be a little more daring with light fixtures, wall color, and accessories. 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.
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. The small changes can make a huge impact.
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