We all like to think that we’re “in-the-know” when it comes to what’s new and what’s modern but should we really be following trends that could fade in less than a few months?
It’s true that as much as we don’t like to admit it we try and follow the latest fashion, whether that be the newest technology fad or the most recent development in home design. Whilst we say to ourselves it’s because of personal preference, it has much more to do with other people’s opinion of you than your opinion of the latest trend. The silent competitiveness in today’s society runs through all our relationships, neighbours, friends and family. We’re under more pressure than ever to “keep up” with them.
Trends don’t last a lifetime but a home does so unless you want to be updating your “look” every five years follow a style that’s right for you. It’s your home and you’re living in it so choose something that makes you feel comfortable. Comfortable in the sense of emotional comfort and physical comfort. Some trends simply don’t cater to certain groups of people. Elements of home automation can be good for older people but other elements are not. Not everyone wants to invite technology into their home with welcome arms and you shouldn’t have to if you don’t want to.
Budget is also something that has to be considered. Don’t break the bank for a fashion that could disappear in as a little time as a few months. However, it should be noted that not all trends should be ignored. Whilst “fashion” comes and goes, sustainability doesn’t.
If modernity is something to be embraced then it should be embraced in the form of sustainability. Being green is becoming more and more popular but for good reason. Think of things like solar panels and measuring energy usage from an app. These are trends worth following because they promote a better world.
Be unique and create a home that is for you and no one else; however, sometimes being a sheep isn’t so bad when it’s for the greater good.