Trends may come and go but there are particular elements of design that will never go out of style. If you wish to create a classic look that will endure the test of time ensure that you follow these 6 rules of timeless design.
When creating a traditional look one of the main things to think about is symmetry. The human eye is drawn to symmetry and balance which means that regardless of what happens with decorating styles, symmetrical rooms will always be pleasant to check out. In order to achieve symmetry, you will want to double up on things so you can create matching halves that make up an entire room. Having said that, not everything needs to be a set. For instance, you’ll still need a single focal point, but you will want to accessorize that focal point with pairs. So on a mantle, for instance, place matching vases, lamps or whatever else you’d like to use on each side and then place a single item in the center. Or you may still only need a single couch, but you will want to place matching chairs in front (or on each side). The idea is to more or less create a mirror image on each side of the room, or at least balance what’s on one side with what’s on the other. Symmetrical rooms obviously create a sense of balance, so let your eye dictate where things should go.
Create a Focus
A strong focal point is important in any room. Timeless rooms are never without them. Much like symmetry, focal points are important because they are pleasing to the eye and give it a place to rest. Occasionally focal points occur naturally in a room, such as with built-in mantle pieces or large picture windows, but if your room does not have one don’t fret.
Focal points can be made with art, architectural elements, or pieces of furniture such as media units, modern u shaped sectionals. Take a look around the area and get a feeling for where your eye naturally wants to go and then make the focal point in that area. Then once you’ve determined where you want it to be, be sure that all of the furniture is arranged around it. But regardless of what you do make sure that you’ve only got one–competing for focal points are perplexing to the subconscious and create a sense of chaos
Use Vintage Patterns
Part of what gives a room timeless style is the use of classic designs such as damasks, botanicals, stripes, and plaids. As a rule of thumb, it’s best to stay away from trendy prints such as chevrons, animal prints, and strong geometrics. That is not to say they can not look beautiful in traditional spaces when thoughtfully administered, but there is no guarantee that these trendy prints will stand the test of time.
Remember also that it’s ideal to use at least three patterns in a single room, and vary the scale for each of the three. For instance try one large, one medium, and one little; one big and two different mediums; or one small and two unique mediums. It’s also important to distribute the patterns evenly throughout the room. If the majority are on one side of the room the entire space will look unbalanced, and it’ll make a mess of the room’s girth.
Trends are anything but timeless. In actuality, it’s rare for any trend to last more than a couple of decades, and they pretty much have built-in expiry dates. A trend whose day has come and gone can quickly date a room, and no matter what else you put in there it will be tough to overcome. That said, you can still have fun with trends in small doses. As an example, if there is a particularly trendy color you really want to use bring it in using small, easy-to-change items such as pillows and throws. Don’t invest a lot of visual space into something that’s trendy such as a sofa or window treatments. If you want a timeless look keep it small and keep it subtle.
If you really want your room to look timeless be sure that you hide the technology away. This doesn’t mean that you have to invest in expensive integrated pieces, but don’t place your media pieces front and center. Technology has come a long way and fortunately, many items like stereos, speakers, game consoles, and televisions are either getting smaller or becoming obsolete, but they certainly have not disappeared completely. The most difficult thing to hide is and has always been the tv, and even though people are using them less and less, they still pose an interesting issue. The issue is, not only do they need to be visible but more often than not they really become focal points. So if this is an issue in your home you’ll want to know how to decorate around the TV so as to camouflage it and keep your room looking classic and timeless.
If you’re a true technology aficionado you can use modern lighting as a way to create an innovative wow effect. Timeless lighting is often grand, soft, and not overwhelming. The ability to control your lighting based on the mood, activity, or time of day will go a long way. Look for ways to control the lighting of your space with dimmers, timeless looking LED table lamps, and more.
Design with Quality Goods That Are Made to Last
Undeniably, the number one thing you can do to make a timeless room is to use good quality furniture, fabrics, and accessories. That is not to say you need to invest your life savings decorating your home, but you should always buy the best quality you can afford. Low-quality furniture isn’t just likely to fall apart in a couple of years, it is going to give your room a general shabby quality. Likewise with cheap fabric. It gives the entire space a low-quality vibe. High-quality items, on the other hand, will last for many years and will give your space a strong sense of character and purpose. If your goal is to create a look that is timeless, filling it with cheap things isn’t the way to go. You can certainly still include vintage and upcycled pieces, but always keep quality at the back of your mind
No matter what your taste is when it comes to color and style, it is possible to decorate in this way so that your home will have a timeless quality. That way, years from now, your home still has appeal even if you don’t end up changing the design.