The Trend Train

Design Q&A with contributing writer Patricia O’Dell Shackelford

Q: Nearly every time a magazine comes out, I want to repaint a room or buy the hot new thing. Help!

—Bridget Chang, Olathe

A: Freshening up is never a bad idea, and I’m the last one to tell you not to paint (or repaint) a room. Just be careful that you’re making the change because it’s something you love. Don’t just jump on the bandwagon, and more importantly don’t jump on every bandwagon. That is the kind of thing that makes one a trend trollop, and that should be something to which no one aspires. Instead, let trends open your eyes and your mind to new versions of yourself.

For more design advice from Patricia O’Dell Shackelford, see Let’s Talk Trends