A regular topic, request and question from homeowners and clients alike is, “how can I create a home that is classic and timeless?” While the world has been hugely affected by the global pandemic over the last couple of years, many people are moving towards timeless interior design styles that don’t require updating in only a couple of years. People are becoming money savvy and are consequently more reluctant to decorate their homes with bold colors and patterns.
What is timeless design?
Timeless design is described largely as “quietly understated, simple and sophisticated” which I’m sure many of us would love our homes to be! It is also highly functional around the users’ needs, yet isn’t boring or bland. Having a subtle design style for your home’s interior allows it to be adaptable and long lasting.
And how can you create a classic and timeless home?
That’s the main topic for discussion in this blog post! We’re going to look at the color palettes, materials and finishes that should be considered if you’re wanting to create a classic and timeless home.
Let’s take a closer look!
A Timeless Color Palette
In order to create a timeless interior, it’s important to start with a timeless color palette. This means saying goodbye to bright and bold colors as these can really tie you down and unfortunately don’t help to create a sophisticated space. There’s a time and a place for bright colors in interiors however this isn’t with timeless design.
Instead, your timeless color palette should feature neutrals and lighter or deeper tones of colors. If you prefer a cooler palette then whites and grays should be your go-to’s! However, for warmer interiors, creams, beiges, and rich hues should form the base of the color palette.
It is important to keep your main furniture items neutral, and use accessories, wall art, and pillows to introduce any color. This means choosing furniture with longevity in mind so they stand the test of time.
Aside from a timeless color palette, the other finishes of the home also contribute to whether it’s timeless or not.
Typically, a timeless interior features hardwood flooring. This could be either a light or darker tone however it is important to steer clear of any colors that will tie you down i.e no gray-toned floors. Choose classic wood colors instead.
Another finish that is widely used in timeless interiors is silver plumbing fixtures. This could be chrome or nickel depending on your personal preference but silver-finished fixtures are a classic that will work well with everything!
To supplement the above sections, natural materials should be used where possible to reinforce the classic and timeless look of the interior. Linen, leathers, and wool are all good fabric choices to keep in mind when designing a classic and timeless space.
Kitchens and Bathrooms
There are some specific design styles for kitchens and bathrooms that are associated with classic and timeless interior design that is worth noting. While you may not be able to renovate these rooms initially, it’s worth knowing what to look for when the time does come, or seeing if there are any quick DIY fixes you can make.
Shaker-style cabinets are a classic that will never go out of style. You can easily dress these up and down with your hardware choice, and get creative with the paint choice of the cabinets themselves too.
To add natural materials and finishes to these rooms, consider open wood shelving or wood vanity units for the ultimate timeless look.
There you have it! My top design tips on creating a classic and timeless interior! Have you tried any of these tips out in your home? Anything else you would add? Let us know in the comments section below!