Thursday, January 16, 2014

how to: achieve a timeless design in your home

a timeless home...isn't that what we all want? have you ever picked up a magazine and saw the spread on a beautiful home from years ago that looks like it still fits into the style of today?
how does a home from a different era still have the look of being fresh and current? how to keep your home up to date and not too "trendy" so in a few years it won't appear to be passe.

1// keep it classic
emphasize clean lines and shapes and your home's natural details. your background should be neutral, and not busy. so keep paint to whites and grays and add classic colors such as dark green, navy and black as they complement the neutrals. also include materials like wood (flooring and wall/ceiling details). invest in a few classic furniture items like a sofa and dining table; pieces that aren't a fad and will not go out of style. 

2// functionality
timeless design is functional and practical. steer away from over-sized furniture, busy patterns & unconventional colors. (however I do like to mix in things like this and when they do go out of style, buy new accessories for their spot. ex: pillows & small accessories) 
less is more.
. this style is one that is designed to be functional, yet not bland and boring. your timeless style is subtle, adaptable and outlasts. stay away from too many trinkets and accessories.

3.// staying power
meaning your home isn't just a fad, trend, or temporary
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 colors that are considered to be classic; that have been created to last, in style, color and materials.
pull in elements of traditional design as well as modern. traditional colors with a few modern pieces will create a balanced, timeless look.

all images via pinterest

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