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'Slow Decorating' Is the Pro Trick for Home Decor Decisions You'll Never Regret

Take your time—the end result will be worth it.

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When it comes to decorating, many people prefer to get everything in its place as soon as possible to make the space feel like home. But there's something to be said for taking time to find the right items. There's a name for that, and it's called slow decorating.

While this decorating technique isn’t necessarily a new concept, it is currently trending as many people are finding a renewed interest in leisurely picking and choosing the decor they want to personalize their space. We asked some design experts to explain further what slow decorating is, who should try it, and how to trust the process.

What Is Slow Decorating?

"Slow decorating, or as I like to call it ‘decorating with your heart’ is a process of curating furnishings and accessories in a personal manner with staying power,” says Melissa Fenigstein of New Age Interiors. “By gathering furniture, furnishings, and artwork from places they have traveled, artisans they have met, and heirlooms they have collected over the years, the result is a space filled with items that are closely connected to the homeowner, thereby raising its sense of value.”

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This type of decorating is best suited for those who are not in a rush to decorate and understand it may take months or even years for their space to fully come together, rather than those looking for immediate completion. It can also be ideal for those looking for a specific piece that may take some time to find.

"If you are looking for a hero piece of art for the dining room or an interesting sideboard to display heirloom accessories, this may be a good fit for ‘slow decorating,’” Fenigstein says.

5 Slow Decorating Tips to Remember

Accept That Decorating Will Take Time

“Allow your home to grow with you by resisting the urge to complete it all at once,” says Manny Zuñiga, style and design consultant at Farrey’s Lighting Bath, Kitchen and Hardware. “Live in your space for a while to understand its flow and how you use each room. This approach will help you make more thoughtful decisions about what furniture and decor will best serve your needs and aesthetics over time.”

Choose Good Quality Items

Zuñiga adds how important it is to choose well-crafted, durable furniture and decor, and slow decorating allows you the time needed to find these items. While these pieces may be more expensive, they may be worth splurging on. Good quality items you love will likely have a much longer longevity, which helps save you money and reduce waste in the long run.

Consider Thrifting

Used vintage and antique items paired with newer, more modern pieces can help personalize your space. “Shopping secondhand or antique stores can uncover one-of-a-kind treasures that add character and history to your home,” Zuñiga says. “Reusing existing items contributes to a sustainable lifestyle and creates a more eclectic and timeless aesthetic.”

Don't Forget About Fixtures

Zuñiga stresses that kitchen and bathroom fixtures should not be overlooked, complementing your home’s design while meeting your practical needs for everyday use.

“In the spirit of slow decorating, prioritize high-quality, durable kitchen and bathroom fixtures that offer timeless appeal, functionality, and enduring style,” he says. “This approach elevates the design of these essential spaces and contributes to a sustainable home environment, reducing the need for frequent updates or replacements.”

Keep Your Eye on the Prize

Though it may take a while, slow decorating allows you to personalize your space just how you want it in a way that will last for years to come. As you're going through the process, keep in mind how at peace you'll feel once your space is full of items that make you feel at home.

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