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 All-Caps Word
Consider a more subtle alternative to those metal signs spelling out "eat," "family" or "love" in 16-inch letters: In place of the "eat" sign in a kitchen, Gates suggests wrapping a corkboard in linen and framing it with molding to create wall art that doubles as a command center for your to-do lists, recipes and postcards. She recommends gallery wall of black-and-white photos of family members that you add to over time that telegraph the theme. "Just avoid those collage-frame kits or only using photos from one group photo shoot, or it will look too matchy-matchy," Gates says.