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Things That Date Your Home

POSTED August 11, 2020

Charming home furnishings and design features don’t always stand the test of time. Some historic and vintage items retain a desirable nostalgic feel, while others make your home look and feel dated. Designers encourage us to embrace the sentimental hand-me-downs that keep us emotionally connected to loved ones, but there are trends that just aren’t trendy anymore, and might need rethinking.

Passé Paint and Outdated Pine

Bob Vila, the first handyman to bring home and garden into the entertainment space, names 21 things that make your house feel last century – but only a few of them apply to new construction and design styles.

Pine furniture was once “all the rage,” and the preferred wood for tables, chairs, hutches, chests and bed frames. (Some of us are cringing right now as we look around at all the pine we own!) While a little pine is okay, Bob says, opt for teak, walnut and acacia when you buy any more furnishings. 

If you’re interested in an accent wall, you probably know as well as Bob that sponge painting went out with flip phones. Admittedly some people still have those and might be tempted to pattern a wall with a sponge, but take it from the Vila-meister – it’s uber passé! Another no-no, according to Bob is the paint color millennial pink. We know – it was au courant no less than three years ago, but it’s already unfashionable. If you opted for this color in a bedroom, when you’re looking for a DIY project to keep you busy this winter – paint over the pink!

Geometrics and Chronic Clutter

Dawn Hammon at Dornob shows us four different design trends that have not aged well and includes mid-century modern – when it’s too much of a good thing – and geometric light fixtures and accent pieces. (And, we assume, artwork that isn’t something your grandmother gave you.) She also mentions geometric linens, terrariums, wastebaskets, pillows (the fabric) and rugs. Dawn suggests replacing these hard, angular chevrons and triangles with softer, curvier shapes and rounded edges.

When we talk about purging clutter in blogs, it’s more about getting organized and transforming a chaotic energy into one that’s tidy and orderly. But with all that tidiness comes an up-to-date minimalism. Minimalism is in, and so are live plants which can make a room feel fresh. Follow the clutter-busting strategies from Family Handyman and trade the litter for some lovely oxygen-releasing greenery!

Trendir offers a few interesting ideas about dated accessories in your home including too many DIY pieces. While DIY ideas are fun and useful, limiting the number in a room to three is a designer’s rule of thumb to keep it from feeling too cluttered or eccentric.

Lights, Beach Themes and Word Art

Better Homes and Gardens declares that while big industrial Edison light bulbs were prevalent in 2016 when interest first spiked, they’re 43% less popular today. 

If you’re saying goodbye to some of your furniture, include the small-scale items and any light fixtures with frosted shades. Trendir says trade in multiple small furniture items for a few signature pieces (just nothing in pine!) that have a longer shelf life. 

Another light fixture that screams 1990s chic is the Tiffany lamp. According to the style experts at Elle Décor, This famed style that often graces the top of a Mission end table, is as outdated as word art. There’s no shortage of wooden words in different colors and fonts in discount and home stores, but that doesn’t mean you should buy them for your home! 

Unless you live by a lake or the ocean, it’s probably best to avoid beachy vibes in our land-locked state. Be inspired by the natural surroundings of Crystal Valley and include subtle accent pieces that speak of your life here in Castle Rock. But as always, take this and any trend advice for what it’s worth and don’t get rid of any decor that brings you joy. If there are things for which you’ve lost that lovin’ feeling, donate them instead of throwing them away. 

Up-to-Date in Crystal Valley

The designers who put together the interior features and décor in the models of the new homes in the master-planned community of Crystal Valley, stick with time-tested rather than uber trendy. The natural surroundings of the development invite organic designs in this fast-growing Castle Rock development. Floor plans and elevations vary from Richmond American Homes, Kauffman Homes, Century Communities and D.R. Horton, but you’ll find your fit in one of 16 models. Choose from ranch or two-story designs — priced from the $300s. 


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