Most of us reach a stage when fashion and trends matter less than quality and longevity; when we start to look for ways to create a home that has a timeless quality to it, that, like a good wine, improves with age.
Playing with decor and interior design is to be expected when we are feathering our first nests and experimenting to determine what our personal styles are. But when our home has come of age and begun to settle into its very own personality, we owe it the respect to choose and implement a design style that is classic, ever-fresh and simply beautiful.
Here are our tips on timeless interior decorating:
Use neutral, natural colours as the primary palette in your space. Neutral colours show off the structure and form of furnishings beautifully and allow you to update the room from time to time with brighter bolder colours.
Bring quality peices from different eras together. Investing in an antique or a timeless piece of furniture or a sculpture or artwork adds a sense of history and tells a story.
Adding texture to a space adds dimension and interest. It also layers the design and offers opportunity to change smaller elements from time to time, for example using area rugs over hardwood floors or wall-to-wall carpeting; also helping to preserve the surface. Mix different natural materials such as leather, wood, cotton and wool to ensure the space prescribes only to its own style.
Furniture and furnishings that are comfortable and easy to live with are vital in timeless design because this is what keeps them loved, looked after and in the home.
Ensure that you use your interior design to show off unique architectural features of your home in a way that complements and enhances the design of the building and interior.
Choose window finishes that allow in the maximum amount of natural light, but also offer you the versatility to easily control the light and ventilation into the space. Shutters and blinds are ideal solutions and because they are considered permanent fixtures they add value to the property.
Timeless does not mean personality-less, just be smart about where and how you add your unique or quirky personal style. Choose to do it in a personal space such as a bedroom or study.
By definition, to make a style timeless, you need to be able to live with it for the long term, therefore it is critical that you decorate it with things you love and that are honest to your own style. Don’t pretend to be someone you are not, don’t try to imitate magazine pages or another person’s style; make it your own!
Perhaps the most important tip in creating timeless design can be summed up by Miles Redd,
“Buy the best and you only cry once.”