How to Engage Trends While Still Maintaining Timeless

Hey y'all, I have missed YOU! It's been a crazyyy month. If you are a home owner, you know it comes with LOTS of steps and patience. We went to San Diego on a business (and fun) trip for Ken's job 36 hours after moving. Needless to say, we are moved, but definitely still settling in. I will say I am finally to the fun part of staging, organizing, hanging, and decorating! We are so thankful.

One of my favorite walls in the house thus far. This is in our dining room. Yes, the wall are black!!!

One of my favorite walls in the house thus far. This is in our dining room. Yes, the wall are black!!!

All of that brings me to the subject of today's post! I am going to talk through a trend and how to work it into your decor without overdoing or eliminating that timeless look you want your home to have. Don't get me wrong, some people are bold enough to design their entire home on trend and spread it throughout and are okay with revamping the entire thing 10 years later. Not me. I am a big believer in leaning towards one overall design style while including those other elements you really like. Although I wish I could write pages on this topic, I can't and you'd get bored. I am going to hit on ONE major trend today, but may make this a topic series I revisit over the next few weeks.

Let's jump in. GOLD. I know I took the jump in thing quite literally, but why beat around the bush? I know you have seen all the gold hardware, lamps, accents, and even fabrics. Gold has come in fast and hot. Jewelry has turned gold, too. I personally really really like gold. I think it's so warm and chic. It's one of my favorite colors, right there with olive green and gray. But then there is white and black too. Not important. Anyways, I know it can seem overwhelming to want to use some gold but worry that it may clash with your nickel, chrome, or oil rubbed bronze. So here are a few of my suggestions: 

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Add gold where it's easily changeable, replaceable, and not too pricey.

  • Cabinet hardware (as seen above on built-in that's in our Master)
  • Decorative items
  • Lamps
  • Light Fixture
  • Fabrics
Bought these silver at 50% off for $5-$7 depending on size.

Bought these silver at 50% off for $5-$7 depending on size.

Tramsformation process started!

Tramsformation process started!

This would be an example of a decorative item. I decided I wanted to carry the tall candle stick theme in a couple of rooms because I love them and they're a simple, versatile item. I feel that it fits my overall design style for our home. The finished product was in the first picture. My dining table isn't ready to be shown, but soon! 

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You could paint items you already have like this mirror that was in the powder room. Taking away that orangey gold refreshed this mirror so much. I did add a champagne mist paint lightly on top of the gold because I wanted it more dull than my candlesticks and it needed to match with those awesome new toilet paper and towel rings. Voila! They matched perfectly as shown here.

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In our home there was already black iron accents, which I like. The previous owner had begun updating here and there, so I am carrying that throughout, but I am adding some gold, too! Black Iron, includes "bronze" or oil-rubbed bronze and has recently gotten darker and less rustic or rubbed. They are fairly interchangeable. Just make sure you read and see them because there is that random item that is super brown and has a gold rub. Not a fan, but that's my personal taste. You will see in my bathroom that I am mixing the metals! My biggest piece of advice is MIX CONSISTENTLY, unless you are giving an entire room a different look. This would need to be a fairly separated room. For us, that will be our master bathroom. We haven't started that and won't for at least a few months, but I plan to do polished nickel (the warmer version of chrome). Polished, not satin or brushed. I will say that satin/brushed nickel is a hardware that came in about 15 years ago and has stayed in. Anyways, different topic for a different day.

Lastly, I wanted to say that all my more permanent fixtures like faucets, I am keeping or changing to black/oil-rubbed bronze (except the master). You will see in the powder room below that the towel and toilet paper ring are where I am accenting in addition to the mirror. They're an easy switch if that day ever comes that antique and champagne gold are out.  I have suggested to friends and clients that kitchen pulls and knobs are another place you can do something trendy! It is an easy and fairly low cost change and it makes an impressive statement. My kitchen pulls and knobs are bronze to match my sink faucet and were already updated, so I won't be doing that. I don't want to overdo the gold!!! I just want it to be a subtle pop! This is certainly an option for you.

The type A in me didn't want to show you the bathroom put together yet since the mirror isn't hung and the marble countertop isn't in, but I guess we will just call this a progress picture.

The type A in me didn't want to show you the bathroom put together yet since the mirror isn't hung and the marble countertop isn't in, but I guess we will just call this a progress picture.

BEFORE we began renovations. There is a new toilet, but who cares to see that???

BEFORE we began renovations. There is a new toilet, but who cares to see that???

Below is a picture of the spray paint I used for your reference!

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