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5 Designers’ Advice on Creating a Timeless Look for Your Home

Have you ever picked up a magazine from another age and said to yourself that you might be looking at something from today? Why do some homes seem dated while others still appear new and on-trend? Most importantly, how do you decorate your home so that it does not look out of date in the next few years?

A good place to start is with some designer suggestions. These design experts don’t have crystal balls, but they have practiced and worked in design for many years and have insight into what will last. If you want to make a few major improvements in your home that will never go out of style, here are some timeless trends to keep in mind as you go about revamping your space.

Wood Wall Paneling 

Consider this: If you compare two spaces, one with simple drywall and the other with a paneled wood wall(s), you’ll find that the former will look better if painted or decorated, while the latter already speaks for itself.

As a construction material, wood has never really gone out of style. You can easily refresh or restain wooden features with paint. So, if you’re considering a wood wall treatment, go for it. If you’re tired of its finish or color, you can always give it a new coat of paint for a new look. For wooden wall treatments, the simpler the profile, the better.

Shelves in an Open Style

Open shelves are excellent spaces to show off family heirlooms, artwork, and treasures from your travels, and this type of ephemera is always welcome in a home. It’s the reason why designers believe open shelving would be around for a long time.

Open shelving also provides a great deal of styling versatility. Since only the shelves are attached to the walls, you can quickly change out your furniture without doing any heavy lifting. To create a new look, simply swap things in and out and switch your pieces around.

If you’re concerned about your shelves being cluttered, you can cover odds and ends with decorative boxes or baskets. Look for metal or wooden shelves with a sleek silhouette if you want them to last the longest. They complement almost any kind of décor.

Use Neutral Colors

There’s something to be said about sticking to neutral tones and not getting too caught up in the new “it” colors. Neutral tones are timeless and can be used in any setting. But, if you go too noisy and bold, it may not be sustainable in the long run.

If your taste tends to change with time, avoid spending a lot of money on large pieces of non-neutral colors. Keep your main pieces neutral, such as your rug, couch, and accent seats. Then add color and trends with furniture, blankets, farm house wall art, and decorative art pieces. 

Subway Tiles

White subway tiles are a good choice for a kitchen tile that you won’t get tired of in a decade. They are trendy, classic, and always on-trend.

Part of the reason for this timelessness is the color scheme—white is often a clean, clear backdrop that’s perfect for any decorative or art pieces. And you can’t almost find a type of hardware, decorative finish, or fun cabinet color that doesn’t look good with white.

If you want something a little more daring, you could always lay your subways in a basketweave or herringbone pattern. Alternatively, invest in a zellige glaze in an off-white or special crackle to keep your room classic while adding a modern twist.

Purchase Furniture with Straight Lines

Clean, clear lines in furniture have always been popular choices, and for a good reason! It has an understated, sophisticated appearance that complements most design trends.

Avoid ornate detailing and odd designs in furniture. Instead, opt for well-constructed, comfortable pieces in neutral fabrics. But, it doesn’t mean your furniture can’t be ornate. Tufting turned legs and nailhead trim are all timeless details. Just don’t go overboard!


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