In our age of scrolling through endless streams of inspiration on TikTok, Instagram, Pinterest, and other platforms, it's easy to get swept away by the latest design trends. But while these platforms can be great for gathering ideas, they can also perpetuate some costly and impractical advice. Today, we'll debunk some common misconceptions about decorating and selecting furniture, and provide tips on creating a cohesive and modern space without breaking the bank.
1. Mistaking Trends for Timeless Choices
The Myth: If it's trending on social media, it's timeless.
The Reality: Trends come and go. What's the rage today might become the outdated look of tomorrow. This isn't to say you should never incorporate trending elements into your design. Just make sure to balance them with timeless pieces to ensure longevity for your décor.
2. Believing that "More is More"
The Myth: The more decor you have, the more stylish your space will be.
The Reality: Overdecorating can lead to a cluttered, overwhelming space. This doesn’t allow individual pieces to shine and can make rooms feel smaller. Focus on choosing a few statement pieces and remember: sometimes, less truly is more.
3. Shying Away from Sets
The Myth: Furniture sets are outdated and boring.
The Reality: While the idea of picking each piece individually might seem more bespoke, there's nothing wrong with furniture sets. They can be both modern and cohesive. The key is styling. Adding personal touches like throw pillows, unique lamps, and art can make a set feel like it was curated piece by piece.
4. Prioritizing Form Over Function
The Myth: The aesthetics of a furniture piece or decor item are all that matter.
The Reality: A beautiful piece that's uncomfortable or impractical will soon become a source of regret. Think about how you'll use each item daily. An impractical but trendy chair might get likes on Instagram, but will you enjoy sitting in it?
5. Assuming DIY is Always Cheaper
The Myth: DIY projects are always a more affordable option.
The Reality: DIY can be cost-effective, but it can also become pricier than anticipated, especially if you make mistakes or need specialized tools. Moreover, the time and energy you spend are valuable too. Before diving into a DIY project, realistically assess the costs, both monetary and in terms of time.
6. Trusting that Every Room Needs a Pop of Color
The Myth: Every room needs a bold, bright color to make it stand out.
The Reality: While adding a pop of color can be a fantastic way to energize a space, it's not a one-size-fits-all rule. Sometimes, a neutral or monochromatic palette can be just as impactful, creating a serene and elegant ambiance.
7. Believing that Matching Metals is a Must
The Myth: All the metals in a room must match for a cohesive look.
The Reality: Mixed metals can add depth and interest to a space when done right. The key is to have a dominant metal and then sprinkle in one or two accent metals.
Tips for Making Trendy Choices Wisely
Educate Yourself: Instead of relying solely on social media influencers, seek out advice from interior design professionals or trusted publications.
Invest in Timeless Pieces: Spend more on items you know will last both in terms of quality and style, and save on trendier, ephemeral pieces.
Personalize Sets: If you opt for a furniture set, add personal touches to make it feel unique. This can be done through accessories, textiles, or even the way the furniture is arranged.
Think Long-Term: Before making a purchase or design decision, visualize how it will fit into your space not just today, but years from now.
Trust Your Gut: While it's great to gather inspiration from various sources, at the end of the day, you should love the space you're in. Trust your instincts and personal style.
While social media can be a treasure trove of design inspiration, it's crucial to approach trends with a discerning eye. By making informed choices, focusing on both form and function, and prioritizing your personal style, you can create a space that's not only Instagram-worthy but also comfortable, functional, and enduringly stylish.
To get some design inspirations, you can check out our extensive collection of wood furniture at Mim, or get in touch with us.
If you live in the Toronto and Montreal area, you can also drop by to view our beautifully crafted furniture. Visit our warehouses.
By Anh Ly
Designer of Mim Concept