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.
The Sleigh That Doesn't Come with Eight Reindeer
As grand as a sleigh bed looks, it can really swallow up a bedroom, making the space seem cramped. Canopy beds have been making a huge comeback recently, Gates says, though the posts are thinner and less detailed than what you remember from late '80s, and the top is kept bare. The tall posts draw your eye up, but they don't take up as much space, making the room seem airier and more open than its predecessor. Plus, this streamlined style doesn't require that you live in a Georgian manor: The thin frame doesn't overwhelm standard 8-foot ceilings. Pair with an upholstered headboard to add a touch of plushness; otherwise the bed can look sterile.