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    Be trendy, not tragic: expert tips for future-proofing your interior

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    Trends happen to the best of us, and they’re a lot of fun. But they don’t last forever.

    Sometimes no matter how much money and time you invest in decorating your home, your interior decor becomes a bit tired and the look you once loved doesn’t work as well.

    So how can you passe-proof your home, while still indulging in the latest look? Here’s what the experts suggest:

    Think about your colour base: do you prefer warm neutrals (stone and sand colours), or a cool palette (whites and ...

    FIGURE OUT YOUR PERSONAL STYLE

    You know which clothing styles work on your body, but do you know your decor style? Are you a warm and cosy sort of person, or a clean-lined minimalist? Knowing your own interior style is crucial if you want to create a home you’ll love beyond the current season.

    Even a neutral colour scheme can look dated when it's too matchy-matchy. But don't despair - a quick coat of paint would ...

     

    Even a neutral colour scheme can look dated when it’s too matchy-matchy. But don’t despair – a quick coat of paint would give this setting a new lease of life.

    CONSIDER YOUR HOME’S DESIGN, TOO

    What works in a high-ceilinged contemporary home isn’t necessarily appropriate for a heritage villa. And vice-versa. You can still have the decor style that you truly love, but you may need to tweak it a bit to come in line with your home’s architectural character.

    The good news? If your home or apartment has no discernable character, it doesn’t mean you’re living in an anonymous-looking box – you’ve got the most flexibility of all!

    HAVE CONSISTENT BASE NEUTRALS

    Pick a base palette that allows for some flexibility as trends change. While you might expect this to be a mostly neutral theme, not all neutrals are created equal. Leading Australian interior designer Shaynna Blaze says it’s all about warm and cool, and “whether you love cool white and gray or warm cream and stone as a base to build on.”

    Once you settle on a preference, sticking to that constant “warm or cool neutral” theme throughout your home should ensure it survives the seasonal trends. A cohesive range of neutrals are the perfect backdrop to brighter colours and period pieces, so you can still have fun with timely styles.

    Accessories and layering make your interior unique. But keep an eye on things - it's easy to go overboard!
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