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Trends vs. Practicality

Choose practicality instead of short-lived interior design trends…or be even smarter and make peace between the two.

(4 min read) I recently wrote an article about the way the current trends tend to influence young future home-owners. Basically, most of them have to revisit both their architect and their financial advisor, as their budget is often too small for what they have in mind. However, that is also sort of contradictory as the counseling with a professional is also pretty expensive, so they end up damaging their budget either way. Most of them end up abandoning some completely unnecessary ideas, that seemed like awesome when they first started planning. They forget they ever wanted some trendy geometric ornament on their exterior walls or the fountain with koi fish in it. Needless to say, the budget wins over the current trend, and that is the way it should be.

While I was writing the article, one thing occurred to me: Are we like that when it comes to interior design as well? Do most of us just buy things out of a whim, or are we aware of the practical side of things? Furthermore, which is more important when it comes to interior design?

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Minimalist Kitchen

The proper answer to all of those questions would probably be the famous Abraham Hicks quote: “Nothing is more important than that you feel good.” It is of utmost significance that you feel comfortable and at ease in your living space. Yet many of us just want to be trendy regardless of how a certain trend makes them feel.

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Arcade Living © Amara

Last year, monochromatic interior design seemed to be all the rage, and many of us decided to throw out their old colorful furniture and replace it with something ink-blue or gray. That’s all fun and dandy if you have the means to support changing your furniture and wall-designs every season. However, should you blindly follow trends and decorate everything relying just on textures if you in your heart love looking at vibrant colors? No. If the absence of color isn’t something you like, you shouldn’t go for it, regardless of how trendy it is.

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Monochromatic purple design living room
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Monochromatic gray design bedroom

Black is reentering the doors of the interior design with fanfares this year. It is expected to become present even in kitchens again. Before you go putting black tiles on your kitchen wall, beware that every single drop of water and speck of dust will be highly visible on it. If you want to have a classy but practical cooking space, check out some custom mosaic designs for kitchen backsplash ideas, as they are both effective and practical.

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Black kitchen backsplash tiles
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Mosaic kitchen backsplash. Image via www.hgtv.com
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Mosaic kitchen backsplash
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Colorful Kitchen backsplash

2019 is expected to be all about maximalism and mixed materials when it comes to interior design. However, if you have small children or suffer from allergies, both maximalism and textures can be tricky. The more things you have, the more dust they collect. As for the maximalism in textures and materials, if you don’t intend to clean your house every two days – stay away from them.

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Maximalism in the living room. Image via Architectural Digest

Organic, earthy tones and Global Nomadic style are currently pretty much ruling the interior design scene. If you are adamant on following these trends, but you don’t want your budget to suffer go for singular items that you can later replace without much grief. Buy a pastel kilim and change your rug, or add a log-like club table, instead of an ordinary one. Go small with trends, so you don’t regret it once they pass.

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Modern nomadic detailing


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102 Comments

  1. Stacie
    April 3, 2019 at 8:33 am — Reply

    I love this so much. Just like fashion, interior design goes through different trends regularly. ALSO just like fashion, some of those trends should never be a part of your life. LOL

  2. cait
    April 3, 2019 at 8:36 am — Reply

    omg YES to all of this ha- trends come and go but when we designed our home we did all of natural colors so we could add pops of texture and color when we needed it!

  3. Krysten Quiles
    April 3, 2019 at 9:58 am — Reply

    I’m really into furniture that can last a lifetime but then adding in pops of trends that aren’t so expensive. Best of both worlds!

  4. GiGi
    April 3, 2019 at 10:06 am — Reply

    I don’t follow trends. I follow what my husband and I find to be classy, that’s it. Trends do nothing for me, so I am glad I was already following your advice before even reading your blog! 🙂

  5. lau
    April 3, 2019 at 11:03 am — Reply

    oh all of these look great, but i think i would go for a minimalist look at home and maybe some colorful details in the cushions or flowers around the house!

    xx
    lau

  6. Su
    April 3, 2019 at 12:40 pm — Reply

    I so agree with this. I love interiors but tend to go for neutural colours so we can add accessories rather than changing the decor too often.

  7. Amber Myers
    April 3, 2019 at 2:04 pm — Reply

    I rarely follow trends. If I like something, I’ll buy it, but not because it’s currently popular.

  8. Cristina Petrini
    April 3, 2019 at 2:23 pm — Reply

    The truth is that, as in fashion, the trends are beautiful and fascinating to follow, but then you have to deal with practicality. In my opinion, a compromise between the two is the key.

  9. Emily Fata
    April 3, 2019 at 2:55 pm — Reply

    All of these living spaces are so beautiful! I would love to recreate several of these within my own home.

  10. Lisa
    April 3, 2019 at 3:21 pm — Reply

    There is some gorgeous inspiration going on in this post! I love practical yet minimal design, some really top advice here.

  11. Ashli Ferguson
    April 3, 2019 at 3:31 pm — Reply

    we are about to repaint out living room into a boho style kind of like the first picture and now I am just really excited about it after this post!

  12. Joanna
    April 3, 2019 at 3:41 pm — Reply

    I would always choose practical over trendy. I remember a hotel that had glass sinks. Everything was visible on them, you couldn’t even brush your teeth without making a proper mess.

  13. Natalia
    April 3, 2019 at 4:12 pm — Reply

    These interiors are just breathtaking! That’s great when trends can be combined with practicality. I’d love to live in such places!

  14. Amy Smith
    April 3, 2019 at 5:22 pm — Reply

    I am much more of a practical type of decorator. I would love a Pinterest perfect home but the reality is… when you have little kids, it just doesn’t work too well. ha!

  15. wander women abroad
    April 3, 2019 at 5:43 pm — Reply

    I’m not about following trends, its all about practicality and durability. We have 2 kids under the age of 3 so things needs to last a while haha

    • April 4, 2019 at 10:49 am — Reply

      with 2 kids under the age of 3, GO MINIMAL LOL…

  16. Erika
    April 3, 2019 at 5:50 pm — Reply

    That blue and white living room! Ah! I die. I am not a trend chaser but I admit, when grey came back in, a few years back I was celebrating, as grey is one of my favorite colours for interior design.

  17. kumamonjeng
    April 3, 2019 at 7:57 pm — Reply

    I love the Mosaic kitchen so so much. I guess having the beautiful mosaic wall will motivate me to stay in the kitchen for hours to make a delicious meal for my family.

    • April 4, 2019 at 10:49 am — Reply

      Well as much as we love a beautiful mosaic kitchen we don’t want you to be stuck in the kitchen for hours lol…

  18. Samantha
    April 3, 2019 at 9:01 pm — Reply

    Loving this! Such great information! Amazing how trends come and go!
    Thank you so much for sharing!

  19. Patricia-Ann Que
    April 3, 2019 at 9:13 pm — Reply

    this is so true! somehow i find it easier to abide on this when it comes to decor as against to fashion, yay!

  20. jessa B.
    April 3, 2019 at 11:17 pm — Reply

    love these photos dear! Trendy and practicality? i think a little bit of both worlds would be a win-win situation for me!

  21. Samantha
    April 4, 2019 at 12:52 am — Reply

    Going small with trends is excellent advice. Too often, people get caught up in the now and not the practicality. The black tile is a statement, but one that people may regret later (or any trend, really).

  22. Shubh
    April 4, 2019 at 2:11 am — Reply

    I love the collection you have got here. For me, a combination of trendy and practicality works out well.

  23. Czjai Reyes-Ocampo
    April 4, 2019 at 4:48 am — Reply

    Love these designs that you featured. The purple living room is my favorite design. 🙂

  24. Akriti
    April 4, 2019 at 4:59 am — Reply

    Trends come and go, some of them being pretty extreme. But our house should be designed in a way that we can enjoy it for a long period of time without have to redo everything in a few years. I believe choosing simple and evergreen interiors is the way to go. You can always jazz it up with different accessories and paintings.

    • April 4, 2019 at 10:48 am — Reply

      yes i agree, it is not practical to keep on following trends, as you said, trends come and go.

  25. Gladys Nava
    April 4, 2019 at 5:03 am — Reply

    I always choose practicality because they look so much alike and looks so elegant. Thanks for sharing.

  26. Dalene Ekirapa
    April 4, 2019 at 5:17 am — Reply

    I love mimimalism but I always keep up with a little dose of trends here and there. Colors I prefer are white, grey and black…they always look so calm.

  27. Nina
    April 4, 2019 at 8:00 am — Reply

    to be honest, I rarely follow any trends! Maybe someday I will get the chance to recreate one or a few of the examples from the post above!

  28. Pon
    April 4, 2019 at 8:19 am — Reply

    Lovely post and love the pictures, Thanks for sharing!

  29. Supermompicks
    April 4, 2019 at 8:44 am — Reply

    I love these color schemes! My favorite is the monochrome gray bedroom. So elegant!

    • April 4, 2019 at 10:39 am — Reply

      I agree! You can’t go wrong with monochrome gray, gorgeous.

  30. Emmy
    April 4, 2019 at 9:08 am — Reply

    As gorgeous as it is to follow trends, I don’t think I have the time or money to do so! I would go for a minimalistic approach with classic colors, so if I need to change it up, I can do so with slight changes. Like you said, change it with a rug or something. Great post!

  31. Terri Beavers
    April 4, 2019 at 9:51 am — Reply

    Wow, after looking at all of these beautiful spaces, my home suddenly feels very inadequate, lol. I’m more of a practicality designer over a trendy one.

    • April 4, 2019 at 10:38 am — Reply

      lol Well it is never too late to start thinking about some of these awesome and practical designs

  32. Kalyan Panja
    April 4, 2019 at 10:49 am — Reply

    I just loved your colorful decor ideas. They all look chic and gorgeous.

  33. Brittany Vantrease
    April 4, 2019 at 10:55 am — Reply

    If I was able to have my way with our interior design, our walls would be splashed with color. My husband likes the icky cream of our walls, so I have to add a splash of color with our accessories. At least he let us paint the kids’ bedroom.

    The previous owner of our how redid the black splash in our kitchen a white tile and used that same tile for our bathroom. It shows EVERYTHING. If we could afford to change it, I would.

  34. Renee Lamb
    April 4, 2019 at 12:46 pm — Reply

    Finally someone breaks it down where the average person can understand. THANK YOU!. Especially putting example pictures to what you described. It made it much easier for me to understand and easily say yup like that, Oh no, don’t like that. This really helps, since we are thinking about decorating our house.

  35. Arun Dahiya
    April 4, 2019 at 12:49 pm — Reply

    Great illustration. Trendy as well as comfortable to you is the best thing. A beautiful home makes you mentally peaceful. Would try to follow few suggestions.

  36. Candace
    April 4, 2019 at 1:25 pm — Reply

    You said what I was thinking at the very end. My opinion is to go with classic designs for the large, hard-to-change areas, then add trendy pieces (pillows, tapestries, backsplashes) that can be more easily changed as trends come and go. Personally, I thought the maximalism examples were gorgeous!

  37. Alexa
    April 4, 2019 at 1:43 pm — Reply

    I fell prey to the monochromatic trend and my bedroom was a combination of greys. I quickly realized it made me very unhappy and brought my mood down. Needless to say I was back at the store not long after and now my room is flooded with bright yellows. It looks great with the grey and I’m so much happier with it.

  38. TheVirginiaNymph
    April 4, 2019 at 1:50 pm — Reply

    That purple designed living room and that gray bedroom are beautiful. I’d love to have both of those in my home.

  39. Danielle Wolter
    April 4, 2019 at 1:52 pm — Reply

    design is hard because styles are always changing. for me, it’s hard to tell the difference between trends and classics. I am always a fan of muted colors though.

  40. Jasmine Hewitt
    April 4, 2019 at 2:55 pm — Reply

    all of these are beautiful. but i do try to stay away from some trends as they dont last

  41. Alexandra Cook
    April 4, 2019 at 4:29 pm — Reply

    I love the black subway tile in the kitchen. It looks so good!

  42. Ritu Sharma
    April 4, 2019 at 4:34 pm — Reply

    Love all the designs you have mentioned, but the Maximalism and texture is the one I like most.

  43. Sarah Bailey
    April 4, 2019 at 5:39 pm — Reply

    I have to admit I just buy things I like. Which isn’t always the best idea. I can understand how sometimes trends can be practical and something they aren’t though.

  44. Sue-Tanya Mchorgh
    April 4, 2019 at 6:32 pm — Reply

    So thankful for this post. This really explained things for me. I really liked the Mosaic kitchen backsplash.

  45. Samantha Grimwood
    April 4, 2019 at 6:33 pm — Reply

    I personally don’t follow trends. But watching your social media I have been able to basically plan my future home! So thank you!

  46. Cindy Ingalls
    April 4, 2019 at 6:44 pm — Reply

    Thank you for this informative post! I try to choose colors and themes that I know I can live with for a few years as I don’t the budget the change things too often.

  47. Ruth I
    April 4, 2019 at 8:05 pm — Reply

    Thank you for the tips! We don’t really follow trends, our house has less furniture but so many clutter. ha!

  48. Tanya T
    April 4, 2019 at 8:26 pm — Reply

    These interior design ideas are absolutely stunning! Now I want to redo every room in my house! The back splashes and kitchen tile designs are remarkable. Someone has a very good eye for beauty.

  49. Explore The 6
    April 4, 2019 at 8:27 pm — Reply

    These are all beautiful spaces but I prefer simplicity, so all white with clean lines is perfect for me 😉

  50. Alicia
    April 4, 2019 at 9:12 pm — Reply

    I am not one for following any type of trends in life. It isn’t practical for my lifestyle to do so. I like watching others and what trends they choose though.

  51. Julia Day
    April 4, 2019 at 10:31 pm — Reply

    I’m definitely not the norm, I tend to go for on trend fun colors. Sometimes though, it makes it tough to have to continually change what aesthetic I keep going in my house.

  52. Alexandra Cook
    April 4, 2019 at 11:37 pm — Reply

    I am a minimalist person and don’t usually follow trends. I am more on buying things that are actually needed.

  53. Clare Minall
    April 4, 2019 at 11:39 pm — Reply

    I love buying things but not those i trend. Being practical is buying what we need and not just what we want.

  54. Britney
    April 4, 2019 at 11:50 pm — Reply

    I love this post so much! There’s so many unique designs and colors schemes these days. I do like the black backsplash

  55. Alexa
    April 5, 2019 at 12:09 am — Reply

    very interesting, my house is now covered in light furniture and lots of greys

  56. Lydia Smith
    April 5, 2019 at 1:16 am — Reply

    I tend to follow trend as well but being practical is the best. Finding a way to balance trend and pratical together is the key.

  57. Lydia Smith
    April 5, 2019 at 3:48 am — Reply

    Following trend is always lovely and it makes you be in the limelight but being pratical is the best.

  58. Angela Ricardo
    April 5, 2019 at 7:06 am — Reply

    I don’t have a lot of knowledge about interior designs and stuff like this so thanks for making this easier to understand. Oh I do love the grey theme for the room.

  59. Sonal
    April 5, 2019 at 7:59 am — Reply

    Loved this article. I am in between minimalist and maximalist. And a sucker for warm colors.

  60. Natalie
    April 5, 2019 at 9:02 am — Reply

    Following trends can be great for inspiration but I think we all need to keep the things we love! I like following trends but I feel like that takes away the originality of things. Great read!!!

  61. Becca Wilson
    April 5, 2019 at 9:36 am — Reply

    These are so very pretty and add so much character to a space. I would love to do something like this in my home.

  62. Echo
    April 5, 2019 at 10:38 am — Reply

    I love this so much! I have never cared about trends! If I like it, I get it. I am in love with those yellow curtains though. I may have to get some!

  63. Alexis
    April 5, 2019 at 11:06 am — Reply

    I have too many kids to follow furniture and design trends, we go with what works for our family. I suppose then they are all grown I’ll have nice things again and enjoy some color.

  64. Melissa
    April 5, 2019 at 11:06 am — Reply

    Some trends I will never understand, but I love most of these. I am all about bright colors in my home.

  65. Mimi
    April 5, 2019 at 12:20 pm — Reply

    I have a special love for interior design! I am always doing diy projects around the house and have been looking for a kitchen backsplash design. Great post!

  66. Dr. K. Lee Banks
    April 5, 2019 at 12:20 pm — Reply

    Wow, those are some beautiful interior design themes! That purple one is amazing and rich in appearance. My youngest daughter, mommy of three ( and soon four) of my granddaughters, really enjoys interior design. She and my son-in-law have recently repainted the entire interior with a more neutral palette, similar to your gray picture.

  67. Carla Necole
    April 5, 2019 at 12:25 pm — Reply

    The mosaic kitchen with the backsplash was my favorite to look at. I have no talent when it comes to interior decorating, but don’t wan’t to go into debt hiring a decorator. Thank you for these practical tips.

  68. Irina
    April 5, 2019 at 2:16 pm — Reply

    Wow all of these designs were beautiful. I buy what I love and know will use. We are renting right now but i cant wait to buy our home and design it.

  69. The Tale of Mummyhood
    April 5, 2019 at 3:19 pm — Reply

    Wow, I’m completely mesmerised by the array of colours here!

  70. Claire Lee
    April 5, 2019 at 4:05 pm — Reply

    Minimalist kitchen is probably what I would go for! Others look so awesome with interior designs but I’m a simple person. I totally agree with you on people following trends over practical uses. Trends are fun and cool but you need to think about your financials and be realistic haha

    • April 6, 2019 at 10:46 am — Reply

      yes 100%. It pays to be practical I guess. Thanks a lot for your comment.

  71. Thena Franssen
    April 5, 2019 at 5:05 pm — Reply

    Love this post. I’m more practical but some of these are just too fun.

  72. Chris Bloomfield
    April 5, 2019 at 6:45 pm — Reply

    We love good furniture, but don’t follow decorating trends. I think a really good piece of furniture is timeless. It does make our setup a little eclectic though and a unified room color would be a bold statement when someone entered our home.

  73. Kathleen Cregg
    April 5, 2019 at 8:24 pm — Reply

    I love the room with the rich colors of the green sofas and purple accents! I can’t wait until I have a house of my own!

  74. Stephanie
    April 5, 2019 at 9:49 pm — Reply

    I feel like interior design is a lot like fashion in clothing. While there are some pieces that are trendy which are ok to purchase, it’s best to stick to classic and timeless pieces that will never go out of style!!

    Thanks for sharing!

  75. Catherine Santiago Jose
    April 5, 2019 at 10:28 pm — Reply

    My husband and I don’t follow trends we make our own designs and we make sure that we are comfortable from it.

  76. rebecca sanchez
    April 6, 2019 at 12:19 am — Reply

    what a great interior designs! im planning to renovate our house, I think I will consider one of these

  77. Shannon Gurnee
    April 6, 2019 at 12:20 am — Reply

    I’m not following any of these trends, but these are definitely some interesting things to look at! I love purple, but don’t think I would go to that extreme. Thanks for sharing.

  78. Rachel
    April 6, 2019 at 6:29 am — Reply

    I personally don’t follow trends as I can never keep up – I get to grips with one and then it changes! Love these setups, especially the ones with all the colours!

  79. Yeah Lifestyle
    April 6, 2019 at 6:48 am — Reply

    It can be so tempting to follow trends when it comes to interior design but sometimes it pays to be practical. I’d love to follow the maximalism trend but with two young children, it perhaps isn’t all that possible.

    • April 6, 2019 at 10:45 am — Reply

      Yep, cant agree more. With two young children, your safest bet is to go minimal lol. Thanks a lot for your feedback, really appreciate it.

  80. Rosey
    April 6, 2019 at 8:24 am — Reply

    I like the quote about feeling good in your space. I’d much rather love my space than have it just because it’s trendy.

  81. Monidipa Dutta
    April 6, 2019 at 11:25 am — Reply

    I am basically into simple interior designs but you are right all these interior design goes through different trends.

  82. David Elliott
    April 6, 2019 at 5:45 pm — Reply

    I admit I like a lot of the different looks you have here. But I can understand in the long run they might not be practical. I agree practical works out a lot better in the long run.

  83. Josh
    April 6, 2019 at 10:18 pm — Reply

    This was such a great article! You made really good use of images to back your case. Thanks for the information!

  84. Swathi
    April 7, 2019 at 1:45 am — Reply

    I like to keep my living space and kitchen depending upon what I need and love. Love those Amara decor of living space. Others looks too much for me. Also black splash of kitchen I like simple ones.

  85. Courteney Noonan
    April 7, 2019 at 10:55 am — Reply

    My favourite trends are always the minimal ones. I love adding quirky stand-out pieces to minimal rooms though.

  86. Nati
    April 7, 2019 at 4:03 pm — Reply

    I definitely can’t afford changin my interior every season (or every year!) but I can dream! LOL I keep a simple monochrome style (furniture is mostly all white with some Oak here and there, and I play a little with small details like curtains, blinds, pillows, blankets etc.

  87. siennylovesdrawing
    April 8, 2019 at 12:42 am — Reply

    wow!! Really reading your story here, learnt a lot from your post here, thanks for this informative sharing
    Cheers, siennylovesdrawing

  88. Sundeep
    April 8, 2019 at 2:27 am — Reply

    I love all the designs which you mentioned above but one of my favourite is Monochromatic gray design bedroom.

  89. Deb
    April 8, 2019 at 2:49 am — Reply

    Ahhh these designs are great and really sustainable!
    I love light colours personally
    Debs

  90. Enriqueta E Lemoine
    April 8, 2019 at 5:58 pm — Reply

    So many different styles. My favorite is the minimalist, even if I will transform it in a crowded place just by living there. Great post, as usual.

  91. Courtney
    April 9, 2019 at 7:07 pm — Reply

    Yes!!! I’m actually in the process of transforming my own bedroom grey!! Such a classic color!

  92. Heather
    April 9, 2019 at 9:29 pm — Reply

    I tend to steer clear of trends, only because I know that I’ll have to redecorate as soon as that one is considered old news.

  93. Charmain Lee
    April 10, 2019 at 4:08 pm — Reply

    I tend to prefer the rustic minimalist look, but that blue living room with the mosaics does look fascinating…brings back certain memories. 🙂

  94. Techygrrrl
    April 11, 2019 at 3:06 am — Reply

    Great designs, loved all of them. I like light colors like white and light pink. Thanks for sharing these unique design ideas.

  95. Sandra Crespo
    April 11, 2019 at 9:08 am — Reply

    I love the black tiles! Looks so modern and sophisticated. I also love the white cabinet look

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