How to achieve a timeless appeal in your home?

 

What makes a timeless home design? Why do some homes look dated or clashed with awful styles while others always look perfectly curated, current and never tired? Most importantly, how can you create your home so that it doesn’t appear to be passe in the next couple of years?

 

Timeless design – or anything timeless for that matter – has staying power. It was not created to be temporary. It was never anything considered to be a fad or a trend.  If you want your home to have that timeless look, one that is as fresh and relevant today as it was yesterday, and will  be tomorrow,  you’ll want to seek out designs, styles and colours that are considered to be “classic,” that have been created to last, in style, colour and materials that were meant to last.

Drop the trend 

Timeless design doesn’t pull from trends – it is neither avant-garde, fussy, ornate nor opulent. In fact, timeless décor resists these trends. Timeless design is quietly understated, simple and sophisticated. This style is one that is designed to be highly functional, yet not bland and boring.  Your timeless style is subtle, adaptable and outlasts. It’s a style that belongs to both its space and its environment.

You can certainly incorporate other elements of design and pull them within, items, for example, from yesterday, today and tomorrow can all be pulled together to create a look that is timeless.  You can place an antique piece of furniture against a neutral wall, under a large piece of modern or contemporary art and it will look fabulous. It’s about creating a sense of balance and order. Function is an important essence of timeless design.

Bold and simple, natural materials & classic colours.

Timeless design is a relatively easy one to achieve. Your background should be neutral, and not busy. Emphasise clean lines and shapes and your home’s natural architectural details. Add classic colors such as dark green, navy and black as they complement the neutrals so well. For patterns, use bold ones such as stripes, plaids and checks. Use natural materials in your home – lots of wood, stone, and natural fibres. Make sure that your furniture is appropriately scaled to the size of the room it’s in. A room should aim for simplicity, subtlety and elegance.

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