When it comes to trends, most of us succumb to at least one each season. Okay, maybe two to three, but who can resist? They're cleverly crafted to tempt us with their of-the-moment designs and popular colors. The problem is that one day they're in, and the next day these home décor trends are out. Who can possibly keep up? And there's a difference between layering a couple of trends into a living room and letting your whole space be dominated by them. The key to getting the mix just right is designing a classic foundation first.
Then you can pepper in a few of your favorite current pieces without throwing things off balance.
When you're creating that timeless base, there are a few trends we know will never go out of style—just like these iconic designer chairs. Want to know which classic living room trends made the cut? Ahead we reveal seven of our favorites that will always be current.
If there's one thing that instantly transforms a room, it's the rug, hands down. Your space can appear flat and stark until you throw down a textured jute style or a vintage Moroccan design. All of a sudden, your room has an entirely different aesthetic and a much warmer feel—just ask our CEO, Katherine Power; she loves how a rug can set the tone for an entire room. But our favorite way to style rugs is by layering them.
Los Angeles-based designer Amber Lewis of Amber Interiors is a huge fan of the look, often layering small vintage Turkish rugs over jute or black-and-white striped styles—this bright and airy L.A. home is a perfect example. This is a look that will never go out of style, and it's the one décor hack that instantly transitions your home to winter.
While we love nothing more than leaning large-scale art against a wall (well, it is how all the cool people do it), there's one style that will always be in vogue: the gallery wall. Filled with treasured prints, nostalgic photographs, and found art in eclectic frames, no two are the same, which is why they create such visual intrigue in any home. Whether you fill a hallway with photos of the family or curate a museum-worthy collection in your loft apartment, the gallery wall will always be "in," no matter the season.
Metallics will always have a place in our design hearts. They liven up a monochrome room and add shine to a dull space. But that sheen you love at first sight soon wears off when you see it all the time in your living room. And when you consider how much time we spend there, the bright can become a turn off.
Take Emily Henderson's advice and opt for brushed metals with an aged finish instead. "Aged brass, silver, and copper are always in style," she wrote on her blog. "While I love shiny brass and am still installing some in houses as we speak, a good matte gold can take it down to another (good) level."
While we're all for creative spaces and eclectic interiors, one style we'll never tire of is minimal design. It's clean, fresh, and timeless with its clutter-free aesthetic and sleek appeal. While messy spaces have been linked to intelligence, studies also show that women who live in cluttered environments are likely to have high levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Just looking at this minimal living room from Australian design firm Robson Rak conjures an immediate sense of calm and serenity.
Don't you agree?
There are so many ways you can ramp up the style dial in any interior, but our classic favorite is via the accent chair. This highlight piece is the statement shoe of the room and can turn a boring outfit—er, corner—into a showstopping one. It's the number one way to transform a satisfactory living room into a magazine-worthy one, adding instant allure and undeniable style to any living space. Try it—we guarantee you'll love it as much as we do. That's why it's going into our classic vault of living room trends that will never die.
If you want to turn a tired interior into a striking space, just add paint—specifically neutrals. We're talking 50 shades of white and beige. A fresh coat of Benjamin Moore Simply White or Farrow & Ball Skimming Stone will transform your living room from drab and dated to current and clean with one stroke. But it's not just about the paint. Decorating with this subtle color palette and layering varying tones within the beige to brown spectrum will always look good, no matter what the year—Erin Fetherston's stunning neutral home proves it.
Just like in fashion, the classic combination of black and white will never go out of style in your home. This monochrome look is a MyDomaine favorite for the living room, and with good reason. While it's not exclusive black and white (this home proves monochrome blues look just as good), it's definitely a timeless option. Just ask Australian stylist Steve Cordony, who has made it his signature. The key is in the textural mix. "Use neutral accents to layer your room against a black-and-white background," he told MyDomaine.
"Gold, aged brass, grass cloth, jute, and marble are great textural elements."