Imperial Trellis or Avacado Fridge? Be Yourself.

Imperial Trellis Wall from Decor Pad

Trends are fun – while they last. Avocado refrigerators or 80’s peach walls or gold hardware were once hot new trends. It’s human nature to look back at the ghosts of trends like gold brass bathroom hardware and deny that we were ever a part of such design delusion. Even my mom, the most trend-immune designer/artist on earth succumbed to 80’s pickled cabinetry.

Meryl Streep fancies a rich man's world, reclining in Josef Frank fabric - image via Kevin Kelly Interiors Blog

Yet some trends become classics, and still other are disinterred from mothballs to be resurrected to their former status.

Names like Knoll, Herman Miller and Josef Frank, scratch the surface of trends so compelling that they have seared their mark into the legacy of design itself and are copied and coveted half a century following their introduction…

So what is that certain je ne sais quoi that separates classics from fads? Having an eye certainly helps, but if you are in doubt try the rule of thumb. Something that holds up to the thumbnail test makes a strong statement even shrunken to the size of a postage stamp. This litmus test can be applied to furnishings and pattern. Over-fussy items simply become blurred when reduced – a strong statement survives limitations.

Try the Imperial Trellis pattern:

Design by Anna Spiro; image via Decor Pad

You have seen Imperial Trellis spread across Decor Magazines, Blogs, HGTV, and more.

Design by Tineke Triggs via Decor Pad

Strong graphic statements tend to endure.

1970's kitchen - image via sodahead blog

Is Imperial Trellis bound for the future shelf of shame beside the ’70’s yellow kitchen appliances?

Maybe…but the difference is that the ’70’s offered a comparatively limited scope of choice. It left a much more indelible visual mark as an era than even the most energetic trends do today. Further, there was little design priority based on trading up – you decorated your home for you, not for a potential buyer. If we are t be remembered as an era, it may be our most indelible impression is our efforts not to make one.

My advice is to make your mark. If you like Imperial Trellis, and all your neighbors have it, use a variation. I do, but I think it’s been over-exposed, so I am adding Trina Turk Residential to MyHomeFaceLift. Trina Turk Pillows and needlepoint rugs offer the same  strong geometric pattern with a ’70’s flavor that defines her clothing line.

Her pillows mix well with stripes, and the patterns speaks to graphic boldness with clean lines and vivid geometry.

A selection of Trina Turk Pillows coming to myHomeFaceLift in September

That holds up to the rule of thumb:

If your objective is to remain neutral, then make your mark on accents rather than walls or architectural signatures.

Bold fabrics are another great way to add your own mark to a space; just use the same rule. You can mount fabric on canvas stretchers to make a bold and mobile wall statement in any scale that serves double duty to stage and personalize. If you like the best of the ’70’s  you may like bold graphic pattern that mixes with geometric pillows.

If fabrics aree your muse, check out spoonflower:

It’s a fun site, and they even create your own fabric if you have a pattern or image that you love. You just scan and upload it!

The final word – indulge in trends, but put your own signature and spin on color and pattern – and avoid iconic trends completely! Mushrooms? ….I am still going on about mushrooms….