“Honey, don’t you just love this style?!” “Well, I kind of hate it actually.”
Infatuation is fun, but don’t confuse it with love. So for those of you who believe in Love at First Sight, I do have some news for you. That uplifting, woozy first-impression feeling you get sometimes when you walk into a home you instantly “love” is just a slight chemical reaction until reality begins to start setting in, and you start finishing the big picture in your head. nfatuation has a shelf-life. Trends have a shelf life.
Most trends will come and go, and eventually come back again. This is good. Think of it as Real Estate cross-training. Or Real-Estate cross-dressing if you will – whatever floats your house-boat. The point is… The point is…. ? Hmmm.. I thought I had a point here somewhere. Oh, yes! There is no point. There are many, many points as there are many trends, opinions, perspectives, styles and ‘loves’ out there.
There are market trends; style trends, financial trends; behavior trends, and they can be very subjective. This is why they can be dangerous. But they can also be very helpful if we pay attention to the activity leading up to them and the geography and demographics around them. This is why you need me.
That bleached, wide-plank tiger-strip bamboo floor might be trendy. The compressed corrugated, polished recycled-cardboard countertop might be trendy. That avocado-green metal kitchen refrigerator or that pure-white 6 inch shag run… well, let’s not go there! Although there are trends that we just date for a while until some younger, hotter hip thing catches our eye, and there are trends we marry – for better or for worse. Stainless-steel, cherry, granite, euro-style.. Trend. Trend. Trend. Trend.
Lists, articles, magazines, blogs about Trends… Timeless.
I like to think that we experts can spot the trends in time to be the first to enjoy them and to warn our friends and clients to avoid them. No one can always be right because we all like, love, adore, envy and hate all these different things are very different times. But I will say I do have one favorite trend today bar none.
Usage of Space. How boring, right? Yawwnn! But it’s true, and we’re all doing it or at least thinking about it. It doesn’t matter if we’re learning it from necessity or popularity. This is one trend with a pretty good shelf life. It’s been on the radar for a few years now, but finally starting to seriously take root, so take another look around at every bit of square footage you call home and go for it! Re-imagine it; finish it; multi-function it; combine it; re-invent it or in some cases even just plain get rid of it!
Just use it! Love it! And enjoy it! Who knows.. you just might accidentally turn a trend into a classic along the way! It can happen.