Grandma gets a bad rap when it comes to decorating a home. You can hear it in people's voices on HGTV when someone is looking at a home on House Hunters and they say, "this reminds me of my grandma's home" and then they laugh afterwards! However, there are some key decorating tips that not only are of value, but they still hold true today.
Patterns Last - Believe it or not, floral patterns, whether Chinese inspired or not and checks are still popular in decor today. You can find it in accent walls, throw pillows or even (dare I say it?) fabric choices for furniture! What Grandma had is still used today and will still be used tomorrow. Of course, there are various forms of these patterns that are used in different ways at times, but, they still are used to brighten up spaces.
Show Off Your Style - Collections are a great way to add character to a space--your character! Beautiful china pieces or other knick-knacks are still a way we all add our own touches to our spaces. Having things you love around you in a space, makes you feel at home. It also lets others know more about you and what makes you tick. So show it off, Kiddos!
Small Touches for Guests - Another thing that Grandma had around were candy dishes so that others could have a "treat" anytime they wanted! Grandma knew how to make a home comfortable for others when they came over for dinner or to stay the night. Having things easily available for someone else's comfort was one of the first things they would make sure they had. Today, having things accessible to our guests should still always be a priority. Taking care of others never goes "out of style" and making your home a place others want to be, is a good thing. You may not see candy dishes necessarily, but, you do see easy access to beverages, snacks or with overnight guests, electronic conveniences!
Quality Over Quantity - Grandma might have had the same piece of furniture that seemed to last forever, and you may have gotten tired of looking at it, but IT LASTED FOREVER. A good rule of thumb in ANY decor is to buy QUALITY over QUANTITY every, single time! Grandma would stick with respected companies that she trusted and she didn't stray. If you look for quality pieces and stick to that, in the long run, you will be happy with your decor for years to come.
So, don't throw out Grandma's style sense. A lot of it was just good sense in general and good sense NEVER goes out of style!--Jen Lush