As catchy as it sounds, a trendy, yet stylish and timeless home is still feasible. Many creative homeowners wouldn’t even think of the idea of combining permanent solutions with home decor trends, but the two can actually be brought together to create something beautiful.
Decoration trends can blend in seamlessly with your timeless treasures, and you get a unique home that will take your breath away – both now and for years to come!
Wanna know how
Invest in pieces that can last a long time
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If you want your home to stand the test of time, don’t be stingy when choosing furniture. Choose valuable pieces that will no longer need to be remodeled soon, or even those that you believe will have a higher resale value when placed in a consignment warehouse.
Antique furniture is a great choice as it has been in the market for centuries and will not go out of style if you sell it. The same applies to themed furniture sets and oriental carpets.
Grab what you like
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Trends are unpredictable and cannot tell whether today’s powerful design ideas will be retained or forgotten after a few months.
Therefore, the guiding criteria should be your taste and you should definitely grab what you like. Don’t let the fact that the amethyst vase you like is not in demand – for you, this is the piece you have been looking for to complement your window frames.
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It is similar with colors: purple does not have to be “the color of tomorrow”. If it suits your interior then you should take it.
Many people tend to follow trends and choose modern colors that they are not so fond of and have no place for them at home.
One thing is certain: as bold as this piece of furniture is, you didn’t love it at first sight and you won’t love it anymore. Just go home and take a day or two to think about it: if you still remember it, go back and take it.
Choose the timeless option for solid elements and the trendy option for accents and accessories
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Take the zigzag (or chevron) design as an example: it’s been around for centuries and it’s still on trend. If you’re a passionate fan like me, you would consider it even if you knew it’s on its way out.
Still, is it the smartest and most sustainable decision you can make when you cover the backsplash of your kitchen with “of the moment” tiles? If you’re not 100% convinced, go for chevron on smaller details like vases and cups.
If you chose to cover the backsplash instead, choose a neutral color or two or a clean pattern (e.g. herringbone pattern). In general, strong design motifs should be kept away from large areas. However, if you really like them, keep them simple.
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As mentioned earlier, trending pieces are going to look embarrassing after a year or two, and chances are you won’t be able to use your dinnerware after a year or two.
This is where timeless accessories come into their own: they don’t have to be useless works of art to take out when the queen comes for tea, but rather random sets to serve at casual family dinners or even at formal holiday celebrations.
They will never stop looking stylish, especially if they have sentimental value to the family.
Clean lines never go out of style
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Everything fades over time, that’s true, but exaggerated and complex ornaments are the first to do this. Instead of spreading ornate designs and inlays everywhere, cut the time with clean lines and simpler designs.
Remember, smooth surfaces can easily be reworked, but once you’ve exceeded the limit of simplicity, there’s no going back.
Watch your budget
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You may think antiques are expensive and unaffordable, but your wallet wouldn’t tell you that. The most luxurious pieces you can buy in the market are the “hits of the moment” which take a fortune to get but no guarantee of how long they will stay in the spotlight.
This makes inexpensive reproductions the best option you have as you may need to rework in just a few months. There is no point in deleting your account for items that will be completely passé in a few months, and there is no trend that could warrant it.
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To be completely honest, spending too much on furniture is never a good idea. So plan well what you can afford and don’t go overboard.
Try to be less conservative when spending on classic and powerful pieces as these are more likely to have the life. You can even buy used items or items on sale, but avoid those that are incredibly cheap.
In the interior design world, cheap usually means poor quality, and this is exactly what every homeowner tries to avoid.
View the “Updated Classics” category
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What does “Updated Classics” mean? Let’s give a few examples: it could be a Louis XVI style chair with geometric upholstery, a Chippendale cocktail with bright and lacquered colors, or an oversized Greek plait.
As you can see, these pieces are actually timeless shapes that have been transformed to become relevant in our time. They look classy but fresh and are unlikely to get boring.
At the same time, they will always inspire us to modify them and keep them relevant. So you can optimize it at any time.
The priority is comfort
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Whatever you want to buy, give it a try and see if it’s convenient. It is the same with furniture as it is with clothes and shoes – if they don’t suit you well, they are of no use to you.
This is especially important for chairs, couches, and beds as there are many that look absolutely adorable but are incredibly uncomfortable at the same time.
The only thing that is truly timeless at home and that you will never have to change again is comfort!
Pull the right levers to update your home in the future
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Or, put more simply, plan the changes you are likely to make in the future.
The easiest way to do this is to implement trends with pillows and fresh colors as it will make the room feel completely new even if you are the only thing that has changed. Give it a try and you will see that it really is possible.
Look at the texture
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Texture is another weapon that trends can be injected with. It often lasts longer than colors and patterns. Think about it: do you know anyone who has kept a cowhide rug at home for more than 10 years and doesn’t intend to modify it for today’s Aztec and floral prints?
The answer is definitely yes, and that’s because wherever the texture is applied it will be trending for much longer than any particular color.
Does it make you breathless?
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Interior design is all about instincts – trends come and go, but that doesn’t change the fact that you love your furniture. Timeless is not a concept, but a feeling – things are relevant as long as you are impressed by them.