Almost 3 decades ago, HGTV launched its line-up of home improvement
and design shows. Since that time, consumers have had access to the
latest trends in home style and millions of viewers have enjoyed trying new
designs in their own homes. Unfortunately, this has also led to the pressure
to conform to the latest fad. Inexpensive big box home stores have made
changing style more affordable, but these cookie-cutter rooms have left
many homes lacking any sense of personal style.

Design trends can be inspiring. It’s fun to add a new color or texture to a
room. Style magazines and TV programs offer fresh ideas and aesthetics to
try. The goal should be to try one or two new things to add spark to the
space. We’ve all seen the result of design overload, whether it is a
farmhouse-styled urban loft or a slick Scandinavian modern located in the
country. Little about these homes reflects the style and personality of their
owners, much less the neighborhood in which they are located.

Capturing personal style is the key to a warm and inviting home. By
designing a space that incorporates lifestyle, there’s always room for the
fascinating vase found on vacation or a bright, bold rug that caught the eye.
Rather than chase the latest update, building a timeless environment offers
a home that the owner will love and appreciate for years to come.

It may finally be time to ditch the trend-driven approach to decorating and
embrace our personal style. A beautiful and welcoming home is the best
design there is.