It’s a new year, so when you think about redecorating parts of your home, you may ask, what are the hot new interior design trends? Or, if you’re me, you may not. I’ve never been much for following trends—decorating, clothing, or otherwise. That’s not to say I don’t enjoy certain clothing items when they become trendy—like jeans I don’t constantly have to pull up again and again. This actually gives me great joy!

Since I’m not a trend follower, I’m a big believer in using neutral colors to ground my space. This allows me to accent the area with whatever amazing color I’m taken with at that particular moment. If you’re like me, you may like this option because it gives you maximum flexibility.

Accent Walls

Adding an accent color to a wall takes little time and money, especially when you compare it to redoing all your walls…again. Yes, I’m a serial painter. If you don’t believe me, ask my friends and family. At the peak of my color replacement “affliction” I repainted my family room six times in eight years (in my defense, the room didn’t get a lot of light so it took me a while to get it the way I wanted it—plus I really can’t help myself).

If you like the idea of an accent wall in your space you may wonder which wall to use.  Well, it really depends on a few different things.  How strong is your accent color?  If it’s quite strong then a smaller wall in the space might be best so you don’t overpower everything else.  Maybe you want your accent wall to call attention to a certain piece of furniture…then choose the wall that furniture lives on.  If you have artwork you are calling attention to, then whatever wall you wish to place that on will be your answer.  Ask yourself some of these questions and your answer of which wall will soon become apparent to you.

Paint buckets

As for choosing your accent color…you have free reign here.  What color do you love but are a little nervous about placing on all your walls? This could be option one.    Is there a room attached that is a different color from your room where you want the accent wall?  You can pull that wall color over to your accent wall and it’s a great way to connect the two spaces visually…thus creating flow throughout your space.  Maybe there is a great color in a piece of artwork, an area rug, or a beautiful ceramic piece that you might want to highlight.  Accent colors are a great way to bring interest into your space.

Your space, your choice

If you do prefer to follow the trends, or if you’re just curious about what’s hot in colors, furniture styles or flooring, you have several options at your fingertips. The internet is the most convenient way to see what’s happening in the decorating world. It’s also a lot of fun to look through the latest magazines. For just a little money, you can do a lot of research. Another option is visiting model home open houses, which are typically decorated in current colors and styles.

You may find that what you really love and inspires you isn’t current or trendy—maybe it’s a style or color from 10 years ago. If that happens, go with it. You live in your space and you should love it. Not the magazine people, not the TV people, or even your friends.

I was talking with a friend not too long ago and she was concerned about choosing a color for her living room. She was so worried about what everyone would think about the color scheme she chose that she continued on with her white walls. Not okay. Remember it’s your space, not theirs. If you walk into that room every day and love it, then that’s all that matters.

To trend or not to trend

I tend to view what’s trendy with caution—it may be oh so popular now, but not so much two years from now. When selecting expensive items like furniture, countertops and cabinetry, be very thoughtful if you trend toward trendy. You can easily change out the paint colors but unless you’re independently wealthy, you may be stuck with big ticket items.

To my thinking, you can’t go wrong with neutral and classic. Then you can choose your finishing touches and accessories to make your personal statement in your overall decorating scheme. But don’t take my word for it. Remember: it’s your space, it’s up to you.

Now what will you do next to love where you live?