"DECORATING GOLDEN RULE: LIVE WITH WHAT YOU LOVE." Unknown
Who Decides What Style is In & What Isn't?
According to an article in Realtor.com dated 11/1/19 (click link to see article) titled: "Modern Farmhouse is Officially Over---and Here's What's Taken Its Place. The author claims "farmhouse style" is no longer in style and has been replaced with "industrial farmhouse!"
The article goes on to discuss hottest trends, such as the following:
- "black fixtures"
- "tin tiles and accessories"
- "concrete farmhouse sinks"
To get a better idea of what "industrial farmhouse" style means, take a look at some trendy Coffee Shops and Restaurants with that edgier style of an old, rustic, warehouse look with "exposed pipes" instead of natural ceilings, that "darker mixed metals," and "live-edge wooden pieces." Look around and you're bound to notice darker colors and imperfections with an unusual mix of geometric lighting fixtures that one can often find in older city neighborhoods that have done revitalization on dying businesses and older homes designed during the Industrial Revolution.
Seriously, Who Decides on Decorating Style?
In Flower Mound, TX, Dallas Builders such a Salcedo Homes is building country French-style traditional homes. For further information about what the builder means, click on the link above. Salcedo Homes are upscale luxury homes featuring two-story homes, a "porte-chochere and a spacious outdoor living area." With the average 6,300 square foot interior buyers will find unique and unusual features not found in traditional homes. The builder works directly with their clients to build custom homes unique for individual tastes.
Should Homeowners & Sellers Design and Decorate to Meet New Trends?
In my opinion, it all depends... If the seller wants to spend a lot of money on tearing out walls, sinks, changing vaulted ceilings into something more rustic and trending, and you can afford it, knowing fulling you may never gain enough equity back when you sell, that's your decision. After all with the right amount of money and contractors willing to take on the job, anything is possible. But when it comes to general cleaning, future updates, such as painting, or removing items that are no longer appealing, it can cost a small fortune. Also, buyers may not like what you decided on and you may never recover anything near the costs of what it cost you to turn your home into what people told you is trending.
"Make your home as comfortable and attractive as possible and then
get on with living. There's more to life than decorating." ---Albert Hadley
If you want my opinion, it's okay to dare to be bold but be practical and live within your means. Rising costs in home remodeling, decorating, and designing can take years and it can be stressful. Just because someone on T.V., a real estate agent says so, a Builder persuades and inspires you, you read magazine articles, or your neighbors are brave and persuasive, doesn't mean squat if making major trending updates or buying a home with the latest trends will not help you recoup costs if nobody wants to pay what you're asking if you have to sell.
Practical Advice I Agree With
"If you wait until you have enough money to decorate and make your home your own, it will never happen. If you wait until you can afford to buy everything new, you are missing the point. It is the old, the new, the hand-me-down, the collected, the worn but loved things in your home that make it your own." ---Stacy Risenmay, Not Just a Housewife
As for me, I'm not your usual real estate agent and I'm not married to my home/possessions, or in debt because I follow trends that everyone else is making a big fuss over what's new. From what I've seen in other people's homes and new construction is that perfection is just an illusion. Life is real.
Author: Patricia Feager
REMEMBER: Everything New Could Really Be Old
by Patricia Feager