Just like runway fashion, home decor is known to be a world heavily influenced by trends. Simple stylistic choices, like the avocado green refrigerators of the 1960s or the shag carpeting of the 1970s or 80s, become tied to a specific decade, and while they look great at the time, tend to become very dated afterward. Generally, it's hard to tell which things will decidedly go out of style in five or 10 years, and which are simply expressions of your good taste in a broader sense.
However, if you think about it, determining whether something is a trend or if it's here to stay is not all that difficult. Flipping through a design magazine or even watching television can often give you a great idea of whether a certain look has been around for some time. For example, you'll notice Queen Anne style furniture in the living room at the Cosby's house, but you will not find a reclaimed wood wall or subway tile backsplash. The furniture is a timeless classic that goes back to a British monarchy, while the other two styles are much more likely to fall out of fashion.
Still, following trends is something that many people do consciously to keep their homes current. The trick is to stick to classical styles in the expensive or difficult-to-change parts of your home, and follow trends through your choice of accessories such as window treatments and area rugs.
Since they may need to be replaced about every 10 years anyway, there's no reason why your custom curtains and drapes can't always be on-trend. Let the design experts at Bazaar Home Decorating help you pick them out.