Cycles in Design

I am using the word cycle on purpose, rather than trend. When I think of trends, I think of things that are popular for a shorter period of time than a cycle.

As an example, consider the popularity of wood species. Over the last 15 years we have seen oak’s popularity give way to cherry, which then gave way to espresso colored woods and exotics. Now we are seeing oak recycle back into the mix but this time with a gray or ash glaze as opposed to the popular honey tones 15 years ago.

These are cycles and are natural. There aren’t clear cut off points: there is overlap. For example, you still see espresso finishes on cabinets and furniture, but the lighter wood tones and painted finishes are coming back.

So, what is the trick to getting the most longevity for your decorating dollar?

Looking ‘au currant‘ as long as possible

The trick is to be on the front end of a cycle, not the tail end. A designer’s expertise can bring new looks to your attention years before something becomes popular and mainstream, where you are seeing it everywhere. When you see it everywhere, it has peaked. At that time, the cycle is almost over and it is not a good time to go for that particular style.

A designer can help you maintain your home’s value by staying fresh and marketable for a long time. Rather than just an update with today’s look, a designer can help you choose a look for your home with some longevity.

Your home is your biggest asset. Make a wise investment and stay on top of cycles by using a designer!

Designed by

Helen Sharritt Interiors has been designing since 1985 with practices in the Chicagoland and San Francisco Bay area, including wine country in northern California. With graduate degrees from UC Berkeley and the New York School of Interior Design, Helen Sharritt puts years of design experience to work for you, creating a personalized home environment for you and your family.

1 Comments to “Cycles in Design”

  1. Doug says:

    What a transformation Helen!!!!

    Great work!

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