Decorating is an expensive endeavor. First, there's the larger furniture, which can set you back thousands of dollars. Maybe you've even renovated your space before purchasing a single piece of furniture. Then come the soft furnishings—rugs, curtains, pillows, bedding—followed by the kitchen essentials and other organizational must-haves. Finally, there are smaller accessories, which make your space feel homey, personalized, and yes—just a touch trendy.
While I entirely support the idea of decorating with trends—especially when it comes to smaller accents—I also know the importance of investing in trends that will make your space feel fresh while also standing the test of time for years to come. Which is why every year, I fall in love with some trends and decide to skip on others. Every person has unique taste when it comes to décor, so these may not apply to all. But personally, these are the fall trends I'm skipping this fall and the ones I'm wholeheartedly adopting.
Skip: Art Deco Club ChairsTry: Bouclé Lounge Chairs
Art Deco style is back in furniture everywhere—and we're not mad about it. But some Art Deco club chairs on the market right now are on the extreme end of the trend spectrum—lending us to believe that it might be a shortlived trend. Instead, invest in a clean-lined bouclé lounge chair to love now and appreciate later.
Skip: Gen-Z YellowTry: Rusty Red
Gen-Z yellow is all the rage right now, but if you're looking for décor accents (or even furniture) that you'll love beyond 2018, it may be a bit of a risky move—unless you've always been a big fan of bold yellow. Instead, a rusty red that blends well with other warm neutral tones will hold its own in your space now and forever.
Skip: Fake Metal FinishesTry: Concrete and Cement
We're all for brass and copper finishes on furniture and décor accessories—as long as it's real brass or copper. Too many retailers have now released questionable metal finishes, so we're skipping the brass tables this season and opting for more humble materials like concrete and cement.
Skip: Bold Graphic PrintsTry: Animal Prints
Bold graphics and postmodern prints are fun now but will undoubtedly be one of those trends that will make us scratch our heads in a few years. For prints this season, we're sticking to more timeless options like animal prints, which blend in just as well in a traditional décor as they do with safari-inspired style.
Skip: Exposed BulbsTry: Rice Paper Lanterns
Exposed lightbulbs are great when they're hung on a string above a patio, but indoors, we prefer the cozy glow of a lampshade. This season, we're adopting rice paper lanterns that cast a beautiful light on interiors. If history is any indication, this trend is sure to stand the test of time.
Skip: Walnut TonesTry: Light Oak Wood
Walnut tones can be beautiful, but they can also be hard to match to interiors, especially those with darker hardwood floors or little natural light. Instead, we're embracing light oak woods this season, which always make a room appear lighter and brighter.
Skip: Velvet Chaise LoungesTry: Modern Daybeds
Curvy velvet chaise lounges in bold jewel tones can look really glam, but they can be impractical in size and they may not be as long-lasting as more timeless pieces of furniture. Instead of velvet chaise lounges this season, we're embracing modern daybeds in neutral shades and timeless materials.