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Interior Design Traps: The Difference Between Trends And Fads

Posted September 10, 2019 by Vicki Radford

If you’ve got an eye for interior design, you’ll know that we’ve seen a great array of eclectic design trends emerge over the past few decades. With all the hype surrounding white rugs, rustic furniture, and bold, geometric accents nowadays, it’s hard to differentiate between trends and fads. To help out, we’ve put together a small list of three essential trends that would shine in every home.

1. Eyelet curtains

The simple elegance of blockout eyelet curtains can speak for itself for the most part, but if you wanted a deeper explanation as to why these are most definitely a trend, look no further than their longevity of use, and minimalist feel. Eyelet curtains get their name from their signature metal-looped attachments, which means that unlike traditional pleated curtains which are attached above their hems, eyelets are attached directly to their sturdy, metal rod.

This results in soft, naturally folding pleats rather than bunched pleats, creating an effortlessly orderly look. But the benefits of eyelet curtains don’t just stop there. Because of their orderly pleats, blockout eyelet curtains are incredibly easy to clean and are just as easy to use. They are known to be amongst the most efficient and reliable window coverings, and can also aid in controlling the light availability in your home with much more success than traditional blinds or drapes. All these fantastic traits are what has allowed blockout eyelet curtains to claim their place as a great friend to interior designers across countless generations.

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2. Bookshelves

The main difference between a trend and a fad is that trends offer a greater sense of direction. Trends aren’t stagnant in any space or time. Instead, they evolve from era to era, picking up slight variations along the way. This is why a surprising amount of trends are considered to be sophisticated or timeless simply due to their functionality. Bookshelves are no exception here. Their great versatility and multi-dimensional presence can provide a touch of class and well-roundedness in any home environment. 

Similarly, due to their simplistic appearance when they’re empty, bookcases and shelving can be adapted to fit into any style using just your favourite hardbacks and some playful accessories. If you’re going for a summery feel, separate your genres using vases or some frames of pressed flowers. But bear in mind that some of these accessories will need to be updated over time, as they’ll most likely be small fads, as most accessories are. If you’re a diehard minimalist, try stacking your books horizontally and in short piles, so your shelves don’t look too full. It’s options aplenty when it comes to bookshelves!

3. Smart lighting

So you’ve installed your eyelet curtains, and you’ve got yourself a well-curated bookshelf or two. This means you’ll probably have a lot of reading the material and some decent natural light control. But you also want to keep this literary party going well into the night, and for that, you’ll need some lights, and not just any lights. A lot of us live in urban spaces, and might not have the space to incorporate floor-standing lamps and other larger alternative sources of light into your homes.

This is the main reason why designers are rapidly embracing smart lighting as an elegant, energy-efficient design solution that keeps our living spaces feeling fresh and adaptable. Lighting can have a huge impact on the atmosphere of your living space, and incorporating smart lighting into your home will be guaranteed to give you total control over your interior environment. Alongside this, smart lighting is becoming largely available in an array of different styles and configurations. You can get wall-mounted LED panels, LED strips, smart lamps, or even just smart bulbs for maximum flexibility. 

Whilst fads come and go in the blink of an eye, trends should be considered as generational fixtures in every home. This is why you should consider the three small trends we’ve outlined here as part of a foundation upon which you should feel free to build your own humble haven. Remember that no matter what design elements you incorporate into your living spaces, all that really matters is that you curate a space that makes you feel at home.

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