In interior design, where trends change with the seasons, changing your décor with every new trend that comes along would make your head spin.
So, how do you make sure your interior design is always on point? How do you create the perfect balance between fun and classic, timeless and trendy?
These tips will help you get a foolproof timeless interior design that is both curated and comfortable.
What Is Timeless Design?Before I get into the specifics of how to get the look in your home, here are a few elements of timeless design.
- Neutrals – a neutral background is a key feature of timeless interior design.
- Clean lines – highlight the lines and shapes of your house’s architectural details.
- Colors – feature colors like navy blue, dark green, and black that will always be in style. Dark colors like these complement neutrals.
- Antique furniture – decorate with antiques that contribute to the timelessness of a space’s décor. Whether a piece that’s been in your family for years or a traditional piece, furniture that's stood the test of time makes for the right atmosphere.
- Patterns – use time-tested patterns such as stripes, checks, and plaids.
- Natural materials – stay away from plastic and synthetics.
- Proportions – select furniture in proportion to the space.
Achieving a Timeless Look in Your HomeIf you're ready to get a look for your home that will stand the test of time, follow these guidelines to get the perfect look.
1) SymmetryWhen you keep in mind symmetry and balance, your interior design will always be pleasing to the human eye.
There are 2 ways to achieve symmetry in your design:
A) Divide Space in HalfThe easiest way to achieve symmetry is to divide the space in half and use pairs of the same or similar objects to create matching halves of the room.
B) Use a Focal PointThe other option is to choose certain focal points and create symmetry around them. You can use a sofa or mantle – be creative, as long as you create a mirror image (matching sofas) or two balanced, complementary halves (mantle as a focal point).
A symmetrical room offers a sense of balance that is pleasing and soothing to the human eye.
2) Use of Classic PatternsClassic patterns are the hallmark of timeless interiors – plaids, stripes, florals, and damasks. This means giving up animal prints, chevrons, and cluttered geometric prints. If you love these patterns, use them mindfully, and be aware that these patterns don’t always weather the test of time very well.
Another guideline for using patterns is to limit the number of patterns in a room to three in three different sizes. For instance, consider mixing a large striped sofa with checked curtains and a floral rug. You can play with the sizes however you like as long as you have three scales.
3) Quality over QuantityIt is important to keep in mind that quality materials are timeless. This means that instead of cluttering up a space with multiple pieces that confuse the eye, you use a few quality, eye-catching pieces.
Choose good quality furniture, upholstery, and accessories. With high-quality pieces, you get outstanding durability and a beautiful look that lasts.