We’re heading into the season of entertaining – is your house ready? We chat to an interiors expert to find out how to keep your home looking its best, long after Christmas.

For Winston Tu, founder of Luxo Living, it’s all about ensuring the look you opt for is timeless, not trendy.

“Certain trends tend to make our homes age faster, resulting in the need to redecorate sooner than we often anticipate,” says Winston. “While new trends appeal to all of us, there are some to avoid if you’re going for timeless style, and don’t want to redecorate all over again in a few years.”

Winston points to the recent rise in fluorescent colours, boucle furniture, vintage lamp shades and arty mirror frames, and says not every trend can stand the test of time. 

Here are the trends to avoid when it comes to decorating your home.

Avoid the bandwagon

We tend to blindly follow trends the moment they gain momentum, without thinking about the long-term impact – especially when it comes to interior design. In our eagerness to keep up with trends, we often ignore the negative impacts on the environment and the money we spend needlessly. So, the next time you’re ready to update outdated furniture for certain spaces or adopt a trend mindlessly, make time to consider whether you’ll want that item in years to come, if it can be versatile in spaces as you move homes and if it will withstand environmental changes. Try to aim for mostly timeless pieces, with one or two statement items that follow trends.

Don’t be a fake

Fresh plants never go out of fashion, nor do they ever stop benefiting your health. What can be better than having a fresh supply of oxygen and air purifier in your home through fresh greenery? But while the natural variety is an timeless trend, the faux counterparts are not. Do not consider selecting faux indoor plants if you have greenery in mind for your home decoration project. Instead, look for natural fresh indoor plants that will bring foliage and vibrancy into your home. You can choose the easy-to-maintain varieties so that they’re hassle-free, without looking tacky.

Mix it up

For years now, home designing trends have been leaning towards irregularity and contrast. It can be boring to see the same paint colours, furniture theme, seating plan and accessories throughout the home. Matching sets date faster and are pricier than separate eclectic options, so choose pieces that not only suit your style and budget but are also comfortable and make you happy – whether they match or not. The same goes for textures. You may have heard that reflective and metallic textures add depth and an illusion of space to a room, but using too many makes a space feel cold. Instead, balance these surfaces with softer textures like faux fur, boucle or velvet. You may also consider incorporating natural materials like linen or cotton to even out the final look.

“Keep your home looking trendy, modern and tasteful for longer by making timeless choices with decorating,” says Winston. “Opt for classic style, with one or two statement pieces that can be interchangeable as your style evolves.”

A few more tips to update your home before the Silly Season commences…


  1. Perfect your guest bedroom: The holiday, for some of us, means hosting friends and family who are in town for the festivities. Make their stay with you comfortable and memorable with these simple tips for turning your spare bedroom into the perfect guest retreat.
  2. Look outside, not just inside: ‘Tis the season for longer days and warmer nights, which means it’s also the perfect time of year for outdoor entertaining. If your backyard isn’t up to snuff – especially after the hectic school holidays – try these tips, courtesy of the decorating experts at Dulux.
  3. Let the happy in: Happiness truly starts at home – when we focus on filling our homes with calm and joy, it radiates through all the other facets of our lives. But where should we start when we want to create a happy home? Here are our 10 top tips.


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