Trends vs Classics

One of the biggest questions I get at City Plumbing & Electric is “Is this trendy?  Is it going to go out in a few years?”  Most of the time- the answer is YES (that blunt honesty trait of mine rearing it’s head again).  However- I always follow up with- Do you LOVE it enough to live with it?  Because this is YOUR house people!  If you LOVE it- don’t worry about the trends.  If you’re going to live in your house for a while- then YOU are the one who is going to have to live with it.  Now if you’re going to be selling your house in the next 2-3 years- that is when you are going to have to take “trends” into account.  What is hot right now- will most certainly be yesterday’s news in a couple of years.  So what to do?  My advice?  Keep it simple.  Avoid the trends- the “hot” finishes and colors- the statement pieces- and stick to the classics.  Brushed Nickel finishes, white fixtures, classic designs and colors.  Doesn’t SOUND like much fun- but hang with me here- there are things you can do to spice it up.  Think jewelry!  Lighting is the JEWELRY of the house.  Mix those finishes up!  Add some sparkle if bling is your thing!  Warm it up with textures and wood.  There’s so much you can do with lighting!