7 Things That Make Your Home Look Dated (and What to Do Instead)
Prevent any "What was I thinking?" moments a few years from now with these fresh —not faddish—ideas from Elements of Style
author Erin Gates.
Illustration: Marie Hélène Bilodeau
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The Throw Pillows That Set Pinterest on Fire
If the social network created a time capsule to chronicle its meteoric rise to fame in 2011, you better believe it would've included a pair of turquoise-and-white throw pillows
. While the zigzag itself is timeless, its use—and that particular color combination—has been overdone, Gates says, much like green Imperial Trellis fabric
years earlier. The easiest way to freshen things up? "Find a more unexpected way to use it, like black-and-white tile in a chevron pattern on the floor, or an ikat-chevron fabric on curtains, which doesn't have the same crisp lines you normally associate with the print," she explains.