What Do You Think Of These Trends NOW?

Last Updated on December 25, 2015 by Kristi Linauer

Last night I was sitting in bed with my laptop, browsing different blogs and Pinterest, and I started thinking about trends.  Have you noticed how the evolution of trends has changed over the last few years since blogs have become increasingly popular?  Trends used to be introduced to us each year by powerful brands and large stores.  Today, bloggers seem to lead the way, while stores and brands keep a close watchful eye on the trends and respond.

Because there are so many bloggers doing so many creative things, it’s really hard to predict what things will catch on and truly become a trend.  But the ones that do catch on seem to spread fast and furiously, but also seem to die out much quicker.

Remember when you couldn’t visit a blog without seeing a new variation of a sunburst mirror?  I definitely had to get in on this one when a new variation of the wood shim sunburst mirror popped into my mind…

And while I was incredibly proud of my design, this thing is still sitting by my bed…waiting for me to find a place to hang it.

And then, of course, there’s the chevron craze.  Are you over this one?  Or do you still like it?

I still have an entire roll of green and white chevron fabric sitting in my office just waiting to be made into curtains.

I’ve never thought of myself as a trend follower, but I have to admit that I’ve had thoughts in my head like, “Should I still use this fabric, or did I wait too long?”  But the fact is that I love the fabric…trend or not.

I remember when I got so incredibly sick of seeing chalkboard paint being used on everything!  I even declared on my Facebook page that I was OVER chalkboard paint!  And then I used it.  Three times.

I try not to be influence by trends.  I tell myself often that I’m not influenced by them.  I try to keep an open mind about design, e.g., do I really like this, or do I want it because it’s popular right now?  But the fact is, it’s really difficult to be a blogger…and read blogs, look at Pinterest, read online magazines, etc….without being influenced by trends.

What other trends have we seen gain popularity fast and furiously?  Which ones have you actually incorporated into your home?  Which ones are you tired of seeing everywhere?  And are there ones that you still like even though they would probably be considered sooooo last year?

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    June 13, 2012 at 10:06 am

    I love to try new trends. Sometimes they work for me and then I kind of get a little over zealous 🙂

    Part of the beauty of doing it yourself, on a budget is that if it doesn’t sit well with you, it’s easy enough to get rid of or change it.

    I do think that once everyone else is using it, it doesn’t seem as original and unique, which is what we all strive for.

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    [email protected]
    June 13, 2012 at 10:18 am

    I try not to dismiss something just because it is a trend–but I do lose my excitement for something if I see it everywhere. Like you, I’m sick of seeing chalkboard paint everywhere–but still planning to use it in our kitchen soon, because I really like it. I’ve decided I really don’t care if it’s so 2010. 🙂

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    Western Warmth
    June 13, 2012 at 10:22 am

    I don’t know…I think Pinterest and blogs have sped the time we go through a trend…but that is people like us who are really into this stuff. I remember a few months ago talking with a friend and she didn’t know what I meant by chevron so I gave her a detailed explanation but also said to just search it on Pinterest. What we may already be “over” people who aren’t quite so into decorating might see as cutting edge. Since we remodel and sell homes, we try to be very aware of what trends have or will soon pass, but I’ve also noticed that many “normal” people here in my area like styles that I consider 5-10 years behind. So us decorating types probably have a little more leeway than we think :).

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    Linda @ it all started with paint
    June 13, 2012 at 11:12 am

    I think long and hard before committing to a trend that will be hard to reverse … like board and batten and other architectural features. Craft and projects? I don’t mind trying them out especially if I can do a no or low cost version.

    I think chalkboard paint is here to stay! So many options and uses. It looks good and it has function.

    I’m on the Chevron fence. You see, I lived through it the first time around in all its orange and brown and avocado green glory!

    White kitchens are all the rage. I think they are classic. But I’ve noticed that granite doesn’t seem to be the go to counter top anymore. And that people are lightening up the counters versus going for that really dark black …

    … and I think people are getting sick of stainless. It’s really hard to clean and looks terrible if it rusts … I just saw a BH&G (I think) pictorial featuring white appliances …



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    Kim (TheMoney-Pit)
    June 13, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    The one trend I am SOOOO over is the “Keep Calm and XXX” one. ENOUGH ALREADY! Chevrons on closing in on it too.. They are okay in moderation, but a little goes a long way! 🙂

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    June 13, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    I like to think that I am only influenced by trends that I like. For instance, I hate the look of chevron and won’t use it (except on an afghan). I don’t like stainless, can’t wait to get rid of my sink. Having said that, there are some trends that I don’t like at first, but then grow on me as I see more and more of them. A current example being the drum shade hanging around a chandelier. I disliked it at first, but I’m starting to like them. Maybe it’s just that some are executed better than others.

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    Mrs Mike
    June 13, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    If a trend is something I genuinely like and will work in my home or wardrobe, I have no problem adding a piece or two. However, I find that for the long haul, traditional things always have longevity for me. My sofa is a prime example. I was crazy about an aqua micro suede sofa five years ago. It was BEAUTIFUL in the show room and I was sofa shopping. But my practical side jumped in to remind me that aqua is a) not a kid friendly color, and I had four little kidletts at the time and b) would I really want to live with an aqua sofa for the next 10+ years. Ultimately, I bought a large brown micro suede sofa, and I am SO happy I did. I can update the throw pillows to almost any color or pattern I choose and it has gone through several decor changes due to moving, and worked well with all of them. 🙂

    BTW – love the sunburst mirrors and chalk board projects, totally passing over the chevron trend for now! 🙂

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    Michelle @ Sweetsuite10
    June 13, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    Haha! I too try to avoid folowing trends, but its really difficult – you see them in your favorite shelter magazines, and on your favorite blogs so you want them somewhenre in your home as well. I’ve been planning on making asunburst mirror for over a year and haven’t quite gotten around to it. Maybe I should do that soon before the trend is truly over 😉

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    June 13, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    I wasn’t aware that I was a trend follower but then I took a look around my house and compared it to the latest home magazines and yes I’m definitely guilty. I’m really into painted furniture at the moment (thought I was being unique and resourceful and then realised everyone else was too LOL). However, trends that I’ve got tired of are: signs and lettering that says ‘Home’ ‘Laugh’ etc, birdcages and the Keep Calm and xxxx trend.

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    Julie S
    June 13, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    I like the look of chevrons enough to stencil-wash them onto a boring brown living room rug, though I was wary of being trendy on principle. I don’t like sunburst mirrors, or white animal busts, but I saw enough of them around blogland to think from time to time about getting one! Trends are funny that way, a continuation of the I-need-to-be-popular high school phenomenon.

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    June 13, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    I’ve noticed that change too! It was bizarre to walk into target and see an aisle inspired by blogging trends. Like the wall art, “Do what you LOVE what you do”? Or screen printed burlap? And to see Hobby Lobby start stocking items that are hot commodities, like chevron fabrics. I really love it, it’s very “power to the people” in my opinion.

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    June 13, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    I would say I follow craft trends most definitely. However home decor trends NOT at all. We have a very unique style and collect some very different..not to everyone’s liking antiques and what not. We love them and most people that come to our home ask a lot of questions about them. So in one way that is fun to have conversation pieces that are one of a kind. Funny thing is if I go to someones home I can tell where most their decor comes from, kirklands, Pottery barn, etc. I like their stuff, but it just is not for us in our home. So really we are NOT trend followers at all. Chevron would look absolutely ridiculous in our house. I do love that fabric though you have, the color is great!

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    June 13, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    I love most of these trends, but it’s less because they’re trendy and more because I really genuinely like them! Maybe I’m just a crowd follower, but I really do love some of them and have used them in my house (like chevrons, and chalkboard paint!)

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    Melissa @TheHappierHomemaker
    June 13, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    I’m on the current Mason Jar bandwagon finally but things like the chevron print and some of the current bright colors, I can’t incorporate them into my home decor because we tend to veer towards the more traditional look. I did recently re-do my laundry room with some pops of turquoise and coral thakns to some bottles of spray paint but that was a pretty low-investment project. I’m itching to do a morrocan inspired wall stencil though…not sure if I can get up the nerve!

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    The Decorative Dreamer
    June 13, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    I work in retail and wonder if our buyers are following blogs too because much of our new merchandise coming in seems very trendy. I tend to think I am more of a copycatter then a trendy kinda gal. If I see something I like I might copy it but not just because it’s a trend. I’m over the chalkpaint craze. I’ve yet to use it. I have always loved painted furniture but some things really just shouldn’t be painted. I personally would love to see more “scenic” painted type furniture now that is a look I would never grow tired of. Great post!

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      June 14, 2012 at 7:26 am

      Yep I work at Pier 1 and noticed the same thing. However, “to follow or not to follow” doesn’t bother me so much. I’m currently working on getting an Etsy store started and retailers know – trendy sells. So, if it’s fun to make and you want to re-invent it till you’re tired of it, chances are that people who are not on the cutting edge are still liking it enough to want to buy what you’ve been making. Those who are (but don’t DIY) will want to buy your newest obsession. So the answer here is to mess around with what you love, then when you’re done with it, sell it and move on. Anyone can list things on Craig’s List, and selling the creations you’re tired of helps fund the DIY habit. =win/win!!

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    June 13, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    I have no chevron or sunburst mirror and chalk boards/chalkboard paint and I go back far enough that people thought I was nuts to use it all those years ago-and I still love it!


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    aimee {sixteen fourteen}
    June 13, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    I think I do trends, but in small doses…for example, I have a 3×5 navy and white chevron rug, not a 9×12. I actually get burned out on quotes more than anything: “Keep Calm,” “In this house we do second chances, etc.” and the script wall art with said quotes. And animal hide rugs is one trend I never got into.

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    Christine Leahy
    June 13, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    I’ve never been a trend follower. Well, at least I don’t think so. I follow my likes and walk away from my dislikes. That’s all. I’m not following a trend. But I do follow beauty. And beauty changes. Sometimes it’s new and sometimes it’s old. The one trend that never gets old is DIY. Ladies, there is seriously something beautiful about bringing hard work on a blind date. Things that get pinned or blogged are just great blind dates. Things to celebrate. Not just the beauty of the end result but celebrate the amazing gifts God brought each one of his daughters. We desire beautiful things because we are beautiful. Beautiful begets beautiful. That’s a trend I can follow.

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    June 13, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    I am really over the chalkboard trend too!!!! How many chalkboards does a family really need anyway? And do you update them ?? Anyway I do like the phrase Keep Calm…:)…But I’d have to say I enjoy looking at the trends (alright its an addiction) and finding someway to incorporate the ones I love (and can afford) into my home.

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    Susan Kirby
    June 14, 2012 at 12:42 am

    My girlfriend once said about trends, ” I hate it this year, but next year I’m gonna have to have it!”
    it might just go month to month now instead of year to year.

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    June 14, 2012 at 8:52 am

    I’m not a trend follower, either. I have been married 28 years and have always purchased “used” furniture and fixed it up. Now it’s a trend. I’m with the other commenter about chalk paint…it’s far too functional to go away…it is paint after all. Paint isn’t going anywhere. As far as making actual chalkboards with it…I’ve done a lot of that, but I do them to sell. I don’t actually have one displayed in my own home. Never was a fan of the sunburst mirror or chevron. (wasn’t the chevron craze started from that Missoni guy in Target that sold out super fast?) I’ve always like unusual things in my home to decorate. For instance, I have NO paintings or pictures on my walls at all…I use old advertising and unusual objects to decorate with….that way I know it’s unique. I am kind of on a French kick right now, though. I guess that could be considered a trend.

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    June 14, 2012 at 8:59 am

    As a teacher, I loathe the Chalkboard trend. When my massive classroom blackboard was covered with a gorgeous, fresh new white dry erase board this past school year, I rejoiced, danced, sang! I love my job … but I don’t want to be reminded of it in my home decor. 🙂

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    Susan (Between Naps on the Porch)
    June 14, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    Great question, Kristi! For the most part I don’t follow trends…my taste is so traditional. But every now and then one captures my heart. I do love painted furniture though I only have one piece out on my screened in porch. Well, maybe the office furniture counts as painted, though it wasn’t painted by me. lol I think the painted furniture trend is going to be around for a long time.

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    Little Bit
    June 14, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    This is so true! I always ask myself, ok, do I like this because I’ve been influenced by a fad, and won’t love it next week, or is this classic? Sometimes it seems impossible to know… right away, then when it’s over, it’s over! Little Bit

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    June 14, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    Kristi, I have loved your blog for some time but this is my first comment. You do great work! Trends that I’ve loved most and tried are the fabric lined drawers (I still smile every time I open the drawers in my bathroom. They don’t match the external decor but make me really happy cause they’re my little secret…even though you KNOW there is a snoopy guest every now and then!). I also love my painted chandelier and really, really want to paint my own floors some day. Keep the projects and fun script comming girl!

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    June 14, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    I definitely think things cycle through so much faster than they used to. It is funny though, I grew up with Mason jars and have always used them to store pantry things but now use them to drink out of again. I used burlap in our first home in 1999 because we could afford it and I needed to add texture, and was doing so many things pre-blog that now I see and it surprises me. I think at the end of the day, if I love it, it works, and if not, I don’t do it.

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    Laura :)
    June 15, 2012 at 11:38 am

    Great mind candy!!! 🙂

    I’m definitely inspired by trends, but I know how I am with them so if I really like something I’ll incorporated it with pillows or something easy to change. Some current trends so remind me of when I was a kid and not in a good way! lol!!! So, I appreciate history repeating itself in a fresh way and move on. 🙂

    A lot I like to see, chevrons, stenciled walls, sunburst mirrors, keep calm, headbands, swirly, fabric necklaces/bracelets….but I don’t want to do or wear them myself. But I’m not on my 20s or 30s either and some of them seem like younger women things!! 🙂

    I’ve learned, over many years and trial and error, to really look at things and see if _I_ like them and am not getting caught up in the ether of the moment. Which I’ve done – to my dismay a few months later!! But I always enjoy people’s creativity and am so very inspired by all the ideas and generosity out there!!

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    June 15, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    I jumped on the Fiddle Leaf Fig trend that I’ve been seeing a lot on blogs lately. I was so happy to have found one at Home Depot. I have a chevron in my home too. I still love it!

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    June 16, 2012 at 11:11 am

    This is such a fantastic topic. I love the sunburst mirrors and the chevron, but it wasn’t really my style. I am still so in love with the use of grain sacks, drop cloths, and especially drop cloths with words or designs stenciled or transferred on. I use these on my items I sell and for clients. But, I haven’t done so in my own home!

    I am so OVER the wood pallet art work. ENOUGH already! I do however love that people keep coming up with new uses for wood pallets, that do not include artwork hung on the wall.

    Have a lovely weekend! -K

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    June 16, 2012 at 11:14 am

    One more thought. I was at Target recently and they had storage baskets with Vintage looking graphics on them, like “Milk Crate’, and other such things. Now that for sure was not introduced by a big market company! I thought this so interesting that even Target was carrying things that someone had obviously started in the blogosphere. Then I felt sorry for the person who would buy one because it looked so mass produced and not at all cute, like a home made one would look.

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    June 18, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    Oh God, this is a funny topic. I remember before blogging became popular, it was rate my space on hgtv.com. I remember when I first saw someone decorating their rooms using the green and brown combination. I fell in love with those colors, but then everyone started using those colors and I started hating it. Talking about a worn out color trend…….

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    June 19, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    I think my favorite thing about trends is noticing them–that aha moment of oh yes, I’ve seen that look here and here as well. I just had my son’s bathroom painted in chalkboard paint, so I guess I’m not over that one (again, because of function). I was never that into the typography for the sake of typography thing, like the drawers numbered 1,2,3 or just a random number on something. Numbers were the new birds, I guess. I like chevron but can’t bring myself to use it now, which is a shame. I might be okay with herringbone.

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    June 19, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    I always, finally, come around to what’s popular just when the trend starts fading out! I am just now trying to figure what to make a chalkboard out of!

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    June 20, 2012 at 9:48 am

    Hi Addicted2decorating 🙂 Absolutely LOVE this sunburst mirror! I am making it BUT I am running into a problem since I missed the first half of the project on HOW? do you get the shims to glue together and not seperate? You don’t actually clamp every 6 piece section, do you?? Please help me! I am new at this project maing DIY thing and pretty much clueless. Thank you in advance and please keep sharing, I am a huge fan already! Love your work!

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      Kristi Linauer
      June 20, 2012 at 12:36 pm

      Hi Elaine~
      You can see the details of the project here: https://www.addicted2decorating.com/d-i-y-sunburst-mirror-finished.html

      The individual shims are adhered with hot glue, so no clamps required. Then after all of the sections are connected to each other (again, with hot glue), then the back support ring is attached with wood glue, so that it’s very sturdy when it’s dry. Hope that helps! 🙂

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        June 20, 2012 at 12:43 pm

        You’re awesome! Thank you for such a quick response! I can’t wait to see this when it’s complete, hopefully looks as good as yours! I am thinking of painting it Red….we shall see…. (the sun can be red hot? right? ) LOL

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    December 19, 2012 at 3:01 am

    Hey there! I’m at work browsing your blog from my new apple iphone! Just wanted to say I love reading your blog and look forward to all your posts! Keep up the great work!

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    Cara D
    June 8, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    I almost didn’t use some chevron fabric in my new playroom because I figured it was going out . I loved it though and my husband picked it so ended up using it. I try not to follow trends but sometimes it is hard not to jump on a trend. If you like it you should do it.

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