Home Decor Trends (and How to Use Them) with Stylist Emily Henderson

Home Decor Trends (and How to Use Them) with Stylist Emily Henderson


– Hey everybody, I’m Emily Henderson. I’m a home stylist and an author and this is little sneak
peek of my Skillshare class. I can’t wait to see you in the full class. (upbeat music) Trends, it’s one of those
words that people have often a negative response
to it or a positive response but it’s a little bit controversial because what a trend is, it’s a movement, it’s a collective movement
towards a certain style or towards a certain anything, but it’s this cultural movement that makes us all aware of
something that all of a sudden we’re a little bit more attracted to. Every day, every week,
every month, every year there is different trends. Things that we find ourselves attracted to that’s different than the year before. The tricky part is trying to figure out what trends should
influence your decisions and what trends are fun and how to decipher the trend movement, especially in design is very tricky because in design it’s
not buying a bracelet. It’s buying a sofa. You don’t want to
instantly glom onto a trend that you’re gonna be bummed
about in three years. Let’s just say that no matter what we do we’re part of the zeitgeist and we’re probably gonna
start liking something. Not everything, but we’re
probably gonna be more open the something because of a trend. Then what do you do? What’s your next behavior? I have some rules and
some tips that help me that I’ve learned from experience that I think you should know. All right guys, first experiment with
trends on a small scale. Do not jump into buying the neon sofa. Or what’s something big
right now that people do? Five years ago everybody
clad their walls in wood, which is fine if you have a cabin or if it lends itself to that style but it was a trend that you
put wood all over your walls. Don’t do that yet. If you’re into the rustic trend, bring in a rustic side table. If you find yourself into a trend, don’t invest before you test. That’s a good little rule. What that means is buy
a few little pieces, sprinkle them around, and live with that before
you get deeper into it. I think generally you should
not shift your entire house due to a trend ever. It’s really about accessories. Shifting but don’t ever redo your house based on a current trend. When you dabble in trends, make sure that it still fits within your flexible color palette. The best example I can give you is years ago when I started loving really, really, really
bright saturated colors, which I historically
had never really liked. It was because I was working on a project, but it also was really trending. It was when the ’80s
were first coming back. Anyway, I wish that I had
done less of it in that house. I found a couple pieces
that I could’ve switched out because I did one massive
custom piece of art that was awesome, but I was
over it within three years, and that was a bummer. You don’t wanna chase all trends. That seems obvious. But be careful ’cause when
you mix it into your house, you want the trendier pieces
to be mixed with pieces that are more timeless. Also, something to think about, which is also good for our
Earth is with most trends it’s typically based on the past, so there’s a vintage version of it. If you can opt for that, you’re a little bit more
guaranteed to have it be timeless. There’s a lot of knock-offs
that will come out based on a trend. So look at that and
say what was that trend trying to reference or copy and go for that instead because it will be more of a classic. One trend that I’m really into right now I think I will be for my entire life, but it is having a
moment is ’70s modernism or post-modernism, early ’80s. The sectional that I found for this house is from the late ’70s,
early ’80s, it’s vintage. Instead of getting it in a
fabric that was really ’70s or really ’80s, I got it
in a really simple cream. That way it does feel more timeless and it doesn’t scream a trend. The shape of it is, but
it’s actually really subtle. I wanna give you a few examples of what that looks like in real life and in real projects
that we have worked on. This room was designed by our Editorial Director
Arlen, who’s awesome. It’s super stylish, it’s beautiful, but there are some trends in there and they are working. How do you create a whole
room that is stylish and cool but isn’t
screaming certain trends? You don’t want your room
to scream your year, I will say that. There are some rooms that I’ve done that I’m like, “Oh, that was very 2013.” And that’s okay, but ideally
that wouldn’t happen. This room has a really dark, moody blue, which dark, moody colors are very in. But this one we chose to go a little bit more subtle than bright, which is gonna keep it a
little bit more timeless. This gallery wall is excellent. The main reason it’s excellent is because it’s all personal items. That’s another tip is that if
you want to dabble in a trend, make sure if you can
personalize it in any way, it will be more successful. This gallery wall is
floor-to-ceiling, wall-to-wall. Full of a variety of different mediums and different frames and
different orientations and that’s why it works. It’s a very well executed wall, but it’s also very personal to her. A way to avoid your room screaming 2019 is to mix pieces from different eras. In this room there is a vintage cabinet, I think from the ’50s and ’60s. There’s a contemporary dining table. There’s all sorts of styles and eras, which is gonna help it look more timeless and not scream the year
that she designed it. For this room, which I think might be one of trendiest rooms that we’ve done. I love it, by the way, but there are a lot of
trends going on in it. The sofa is early ’80s, I know. It’s a weird ’80s sofa, but we reupholstered it
in a really subtle fabric. While it’s still trendy, I think it has a lot longer life than if we had upholstered
it in a really ’80s fabric. We brought in two elements
of this electric blue, which is definitely trending right now, but we did it in a vase and a mug. It’s obviously gonna be
really easy to switch out. Trends are meant to be fun. This is not meant to stress you out. It’s really just trying now to find a few trends that you are into and do some research and figure out what it
is you like about them, how you can implement them into your home in a way that is more
timeless and having fun. Trends can be fun if you don’t let them stress you out too much.

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