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The BEST Way to Decorate Using Trends (and SAVE MONEY!): Part 4 of 4

Posted on May 26, 2021 by KylieMawdsley
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Budget-Friendly Ways to Incorporate TRENDS into Your Home

When it comes to what’s trendy or in style, beauty SHOULD be in the eye of the beholder. I mean, really, just because ‘they’ think it’s outdated, doesn’t mean YOU think it’s outdated. In fact, you might still love it, in which case it’s totally in style – YOUR style.

Benjamin Moore Super White, best white paint color, powder room small bathroom, shiplap, round mirror, black faucet, Kylie M Interiors Edesign - modern farmhouse style

This is why today, we’re going to chat about the best way to decorate with trends so you don’t get over your head and out of money with projects that don’t always have a great return on investment.

How to decorate and design with top trends. Budget-friendly affordable ideas. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, diy design & decor blogger, colour consultant

But, before I get carried away (even though I will anyway), let me just say that PERSONALLY, I only decorate based on trends for two reasons…


If it’s a trend that HAPPENS to tweak my fancy (and a cute lil fancy I have), I’m going to do it because I LIKE IT, not because it’s trendy and my FRIENDS will covet it (okay, maybe I do a bit of that too).

Revere Pewter kitchen cabinets, Cambria Brittanica warm quartz, URbane Bronze island, oak wood floor. Kylie M Interiors Edesign (1)


If I plan on selling my home in the next five years (which is ALWAYS on the table), then I’m DEFINITELY thinking of trends as what I choose will either put money in my hot lil’ pocket or EAT IT UP LIKE CANDY!

We ALL know when this next bathroom was designed (the early 2000s) – how many trends can YOU spot?

Maple bathroom before update and remodel

There were 8 trends by the way – EIGHT!

BTW, notice the vase on the counter? That’s my booby vase – I found it at a thrift store and it has two legit boobs on it (sorry the photo isn’t clearer, it’s really quite lovely).

This next photo shows us when the previous bathroom was updated (about four years ago – sans booby vase)…

Subway tile gray wall behind vanity. Quartz countertop, Bianco Drift by Caesarstone, Moen Glyde faucet, shower surround in hexagon accent. Kylie M Interiors

Again, more trends, but we had resale in mind and they’re still kickin’! 

‘Trends’ are generally covered under that one word when there are actually two types


Large-scale trends are often expensive trends as they’re the ones your husband will murder you forever wanting to change. I mean, HEAVEN FORBID you ever paint those oak cabinets – Harold would have a fit!

Let’s look at some examples of large-scale trends…

  • Flooring
  • Cabinets
  • Fireplaces
  • Windows
  • Countertops
  • Architectural Elements (interior or exterior)

Kitchen cabinets painted Sherwin High Reflective White, marble backsplash, white quartz, home decor on countertop. Pewter hardware. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint colour consulting

Most of the elements in the above photo are EXPENSIVE trends, but while they’re on-trend, they are MOSTLY timeless as well, making them super smart choices. The only thing that could limit them in the next 10 years is if a NEW owner preferred a warmer palette – but you can’t make EVERYbody happy, which is why there’s wine.

In this next example, the choices were DEFINITELY more limiting – too detailed, specific and layered for long-term appeal. Even JUST the beige tile would’ve been a better choice (although would be dated based on today’s standards for tile size/colour – seriously, you can’t win).

bathroom with beige tiles and stone before edesign update

This is why SO many of my Online Paint Colour Consulting clients are having a HECK of a time updating their homes that were built 10, 20 and 30+ years ago – the things they want to change were EXPENSIVE trends at the time, ie: certain granite countertops, tile with beige tones/travertine, forest green countertops and coloured carpets in blue, green or rose tones (personally, I still have mad love for travertine). Had they gone more timeless with their large-scale finishes and chosen to go trendy on a SMALLER scale, their home would’ve had more staying power.

Do you follow me on INSTAGRAM? I’d love to see you there for today’s trends and NON-trends!


Small and medium-scale trends are usually more manageable and easier to change out on a daily, nope weekly, okay fine monthly, yearly basis. Really? Who leaves things for YEAR without changing them? Right…most of you. It’s just me who likes to change things based on her monthly cycle and what matches the label on my fave wine of the month.

Benjamin Moore Super White, small bathroom or powder room, white silestone calacatta quartz, black round mirro and faucet. Shiplap. Kylie M Interiors Edesign

In this next example, it won’t be fun to paint the island the next ‘colour of the year’ (well, if you’re me it WOULD be fun). However, most of the other elements in the room have a timeless appeal – the floors aren’t TOO light, the countertop isn’t TOO specific and the shaker-style cabinets will always be workable.

Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint colour consultant. Island in navy blue, Cyberspace, Pure White cabinets, bevelled white subway tile backsplash, white cabinets in the kitchen


  • Toss cushions
  • Area rugs
  • Artwork
  • Lamps
  • Plants/flowers (who can forget the faux ficus of the 90s – wooooof)
  • Kitchen faucet
  • Cabinet hardware
  • Painted feature doors
  • Peel & stick wallpaper
  • Paint colours (not including your main exterior colour or interior trim)

Remember when shag area rugs were popular like 5-10 years ago? And HOW EASY was it to change that shag rug out for the next new texture or pattern? EASY PEASY!

2 storey entryway or foyer, white walls, Sherwin Williams Pure White, black front door, wood stairs, sliding barn door. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint colour, virtual diy decorating ideas

How to redecorate or design your space on a budget. Living room home decor ideas. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, diy paint colour consulting and advice blog

I’d also like to take a moment to thank however did the TEXTURED CEILING IN OUR FAMILY ROOM. Not only is the texture annoying, but it’s also painted, so I ain’t scrapin’ that off anytime soon #thanksforthat.


  • Light fixture styles and finishes
  • Bathroom fixture styles and finishes
  • Kitchen backsplash
  • Fireplace surround (not including a full-scale floor to ceiling application)
  • Painted kitchen island or bathroom vanity colours
  • Furniture pieces (depending on the quality you buy)
  • Pre-pasted wallpaper (because it can be a total bugger to remove, otherwise it’d be small-scale


What makes something TIMELESS, with staying power for 10+ years? Well, that’s an ENTIRE blog post unto itself (which you’ll find RIGHT HERE). However, what makes it timeless for YOU, is choosing hard and soft furnishes that YOU LOVE regardless of whether they’re featured in House & Home or your fave HGTV show.


REGARDLESS of what the trends are, I always tread carefully when it comes to patterns and textures on LARGE-SCALE and expensive items.

Certain patterns and textures are DEAD giveaways of certain eras (think sponge paint and leopard print).

If you love a certain pattern or texture forever and ever AMEN, then fill yer little boots. However, if you’re fickle about trends or considering resale, I HIGHLY recommend reserving most of your key textures and patterns for the SMALL-SCALE, easy-to-change surfaces in your home.

Bathroom remodel. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, paint color consultant. Sherwin Williams Argos, Restoration Hardware vanity, cement patterned floor tile

This is why when it comes to pattern and texture, I’m more inclined to commit to small or medium-scale surfaces/finishes, which would give me more flexibility to change in the future. For example, shiplap is definitely a trend that adds texture and interest to a room – as well as colour if you’re so inclined! It also wouldn’t be the end of the world to remove it in five years, do a little patching and move on to the next fun idea!

Landing of staircase, shiplap feature wall, Sherwin Web Gray and Pure White, warm gray carpeted stairs. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint color consultant, diy decorating ideas

Pure White with gray carpet stairs, white railing, shiplap feature wall in Web Gray. Sherwin Williams. Kylie M Interiors Edesign

See the whole home HERE

Let’s break this next room down to see some examples…

Living room, stacked stone fireplace, tv, builtins painted Benjamin Cheating Heart, Pure White walls,cognac leather. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint color consultant (3)

Sherwin Williams Pure White and Benjamin Moore Cheating Heart


  • Fireplace stone (although it wouldn’t be a TOTAL beast to replace)
  • Linear gas fireplace insert


  • Leather sofa
  • Built-ins painted a dark colour (I love them so hard)


  • Toss cushions
  • Area rug
  • Accent chair
  • Home decor in built-in
  • The pointy plant, whatever it’s called, it’s trendy

TIMELESS ELEMENTS (BTW, they also happen to be the most EXPENSIVE things to replace)

  • Medium-toned flooring – THE MOST EXPENSIVE THING!
  • White windows and simple mouldings

That to me, is a WELL-BALANCED design, nodding towards today’s trends without MURDERING your home and its future potential. I’m not here to tell you NOT to decorate and design based on today’s trends, I’m just talking about ‘thinking twice’ before committing to a trend, to see if it’s REALLY the best choice for you and your bank account, marriage, home.

Sherwin Williams Pure White, Cyberspace builtins, accent chairs in living room. Kylie M Interiors edesign, online paint color consulting, white trim in south facing room

How to decorate with books on a bookshelf, mantel, and home decor. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint color consultant and diy decorating advice blog


There are FIVE questions you should ask yourself before committing to a trend:

1.  If I get bored in a year (or five, whatever the time-frame is that you’re usually wanting a change) will it cost me a FORTUNE to replace this?

2.  If I decide to sell in 3-5 years, will this trend HELP or HINDER the sale of my home based on my target market?

3.  If I have to update this surface to get my home ready for the market, will it make me money or just COST me money?

4.  If I want a change, will it be HARD for me to do? For example, if you can tile your own backsplash then it wouldn’t be a big deal to change it. However, if you would hire out for the job, that could play a part in your decision.

And the most IMPORTANT question of all…

5. If it weren’t a trend, would I still like it (if you aren’t selling in the near future)? If you like it JUST BECAUSE it’s trendy and you’re seeing it everywhere, be prepared to change it in the near future – because trust me, it’ll go faster than me after my morning coffee.

Bedroom, walls painted warm gray like Benjamin Moore Classic Gray. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint colour expert. Home staging ideas (2)

There are some SERIOUS timeless elements here

Now, let’s take a look at some ideas! But, before we do that, let me just say ONE thing (a long-winded Ginger rant).

The design industry should SUPPORT the idea that large-scale trends should have a longer lifespan, not just for the WASTE of it all, but for the common-sense of it – most people can’t afford to change their homes every 3-5 years to stay valid in the design world (which is why you shouldn’t decorate your home based on large-scale trends UNLESS you’re thinking of resale). TRENDS and what is in & out should be based on SMALL to MEDIUM scale trends, with the goal of encouraging individuality, creativity, affordability and ACCESSIBILITY to everyone wanting a beautiful space to live in.

And in the words of the great Britney Spears, let’s hit that baby one more time…

What’s ‘in & out’ should be based on SMALL to MEDIUM scale trends, with the goal of encouraging individuality, creativity, affordability and ACCESSIBILITY to everyone wanting a beautiful space to live in. 

There, done.

Now, let’s take a quick peek at some small and medium-scale trends that won’t necessarily have STAYING power, but will give you the satisfaction of a FRESH space, without breaking your kid’s piggy bank open every time you’re hankerin’ for a change.


Seriously, I change my toss cushions more than I change my underwear #jokingnotjoking. Not only are they an affordable switch (if Home Sense is your second home), they can totally shift the personality of a room!

DIY decorating and design ideas. Living room with open stairwell. Large gray sectional, rustic wood coffee table and sofa table, home decor, off-white greige paint color. Kylie M INteriors Edesign, online paint color consulting

Review of Sherwin Williams Roycroft Pewter, dark gray paint colour. Fireplace with shiplap stone, round chandelier in living room. Kylie M Interiors Edesign (3)

Living room, stone fireplace, shiplap, TV. Tall ceilings, Benjamin Edgecomb Gray best greige. Sherwin Ellie Gray Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online expert. DIY Decorating and design ideas

It’s like a revolving door of toss cushions and decor in our home, the only thing that’s semi-permanent is Tim (wink wink).


If you like originals, this could be a slightly more EXPENSIVE venture, but with places like Home Sense and Wayfair, it can be EASY to liven up a space with new artwork, framed photos or a mirror.

Rustic romantic style bedroom with reclaimed wood, Benjamin Moore Revere PEwter, chandelier, pink blush accents. Kylie M Interiors E-design, online paint color consultant and edecor blog


Bathroom with painted wall mouldings, Sherwin Williams Zircon light gray with purple undertone. Kylie M INteriors Edesign, online paint colour consulting


Benjamin Moore Gray, the best paint colour. Country style home decor on a gray painted buffet in dining room with yellow and gold accents and rustic mirror

Check out ARTWORK that caught my eye HERE in my SHOP page!  


As you all know by now, I have a ‘FEW’ fetishes, including white wine, Cornuts and Ryan Reynolds (in no particular order) and I also have a MAJOR soft spot for area rugs.

Whether you want TEXTURE, COLOUR OR PATTERN, area rugs are a GREAT way to infuse your personal style into a space – and then you can roll around with Ryan Reynolds ON them while drinking wine and eating cornuts!

Living room in Benjamin Moore Super White, popular paint colour. Two sofas, stone fireplace, wood mantel, white oak floor. Decor. Kylie M Interiors E-design, Diy decorating blogger

Open layout kitchen and dining room, farmhouse modern country style table. Greige and warm gray. Kylie M Interiors Edesign

See the FULL before and afters of this space HERE

And anyone who tells me they don’t use area rugs because they want to see more of their beautiful wood floors needs three slaps with a wet noodle. Area rugs ENHANCE wood flooring, giving it something to PLAY with and bounce off of. They also ground a furniture arrangement – just sayin’.


Whether it’s your bedside lamp or dining room chandelier, updating one or MORE light fixtures in your home is a great way to shift the energy and style of a space without spending a fortune.

Just look at the honky thing that was in this entryway before (sorry about the blurry photo, but you get the point)…

Entryway before remodel

And while we changed MORE than just the light fixture (this is our previous home), this foyer has a way more timeless appeal. Golden-doodles are also very on-trend, or at least Doug likes to think so.

Curved landing at the top of the stairs with chandelier, golden doodle and Sherwin Williams Creamy by Kylie M INteriors

In this next bathroom, these rustic wood mirrors (and light fixtures) will be pretty affordable to change out when the owner wants a new look…

Sherwin Williams Sea Salt in a bathroom with white countertop, vanity, farmhouse bulbs, wood framed mirror. Kylie M E-design, online color consultant


Oh, you HAD to see this one coming. And it does have a few parameters around it for sure…




Painting a room is a HUGELY satisfying project, whether you do it yourself or hire out. It’s also a great spot to EMBRACE today’s trends as if you get tired of a colour or want to sell your home, it’s not a big deal to have it changed.

In this next example, obviously, the furniture and decor changed, but the rest was JUST PAINT!

BEFORE REMODEL, living room with open staircase that's dark

Living room, tall ceiling, vaulted, Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray best greige and White Dove. Sherwin Urbane Bronze painted stair railing. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, DIY Decorating, color ideas

2.  YOUR FRONT DOOR (inside OR outside)

Hands-down, painting the front door is my FAAAVE weekend project and it doesn’t even need to take a whole weekend or full bottle of wine – it can be done in an afternoon with a sippy cup!

Before, this front door was oooookay, but no screamin’ glory…

front door before (1)

And AFTER, ain’t she PURDY?

Front door painted dark purple, stone exterior, sidelights and white trim. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, Sherwin Williams paint colour

E-DESIGN: Front Door Paint Colour Package

Remember, you can do the inside of your front door too!

Benjamin Moore Super White, best cool white paint color. Foyer, Gris gray painted front door, white oak, built in bench. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint colour and DIY decor blog


Whoever said feature walls are not in style needs a donkey kick. It’s all about the RIGHT COLOUR in the RIGHT PLACE. I’ve had feature walls in ALL of my homes and will never say no to the right one!

Stairwell before being painted

Stairwell with gray carpet and Sherwin Williams Collonade Gray, lightened by 25%. Benjamin Moore Gibraltar Cliffs feature wall. Kylie M INteriors Edesign

Benjamin Moore Kitty Gray feature art wall with Collonade Gray. Ken Kirkby totem pole original painting. Kylie M INteriors Edesign, virtual paint color expert

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Kitchen islands and bathroom vanities painted wild and wonderful colours are SUPER trendy right now. And while they aren’t projects for the faint o’ heart, they are manageable even if you have to hire someone to do it professionally.

Benjamin Moore Kingsport Gray painted vanity with Travertine 180fx Silver countertop and raised vessel sink by Kylie M Interiors

BTW, that’s not travertine, that’s LAMINATE countertop – sweet potato! Learn about 6 beautiful vanity colours HERE.

Alabaster, White kitchen, Alabaster, Island Sherwin Iron Ore, Viatera Aria, Sandbar. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online virtual paint color consulting. Kitchen remodel

Ideas to update wood oak cabinets with island. Painted island in navy blue Cyberspace. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint colour expert and diy decorative advice blogger

Read more: Ideas to Update Oak or Wood Kitchen Cabinets

What I would be CAREFUL of is the whole ‘upper and lower cabinets different colours from each other’ trend. It looks cool, but is VERY trendy and will make its way out (and isn’t as easy to change). The exception would be cottage style homes which will always suit a more unique look.


Gone are the days where everyone and their dog need a white fireplace surround and it’s a GREAT time to embrace a little depth and drama on your main focal point!

Fireplace idea marble surround and mantle painted Benjamin Moore Gray dark oak flooring, gray paint color on walls. Kylie M INteriors Edesign, online paint color consultant,

Painted stucco and brick fireplace. Painted Ballet White and White Dove with black mantel and country home decor. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint color advice blog

This next bad boy is clad in reclaimed wood! Wait, that’s not REALLY a painting project…but it’s still badass AND affordable!

Rustic wood burning fireplace with reclaimed wood boards, slate hearth, concrete look surround. Gray Cashmere walls. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, client DIY

How to Update Your Outdated Fireplace

So, there you have it! Hope this blog post gave you some great ideas to do – or NOT to do!


Check out my Online Paint Colour Consulting and E-BOOKS! 

Chat soon,

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  1. Love ~ Love ~ Love your Blogs! …and respect your advice. I’m usually more decisive but I’m hung up on this one thing, I have a Transitional home and want to replace all my old door knobs and hinges. I keep looking at the rubbed bronze look or satin Nickle. Knob or lever?? I think its going to make a huge difference without being, “In your face noticeable” I’m afraid to be trendy because it is going to be expensive. I hope it’s okay to reach out and I certainly value your opinion. I wonder if anyone else is thinking about doing this and can gain from your advice. Regards, Linda

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  2. Hi Kylie. I really find your posts informative and creative. The bathroom pic that was the cover for this pinterest post caught my eye. Do you mind sharing the countertop material used here? I’m looking for a similar understated but not bland kitchen counter. Thanks so much!

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