What is timeless interior design?

Is there such a thing as “timeless” design?

When imagining a new space, it’s hard not to get swept up in the current trends. Customers often like to jump on the bandwagon, and want to enjoy things like an all-white kitchen, or certain trendy colored accents. While trends aren’t necessarily bad, not all trends stand the test of time. While all-wood paneling may have been the trend in the 80s, we’re making better design choices in 2020. Let’s talk about “timeless” interior design and if it does exist.

What makes something “timeless”?

A “timeless” design is something that ages well. That means, in 10, 20, or 30 years, this element of design won’t look dated and require a complete overhaul to be brought to modern standards. While no one knows what the next 10 or 20 years may bring for interior design, picking design elements that can easily be swapped out can help you design with not only the present in mind, but the future too.

“Timeless” design does not date itself — walking into a timelessly designed room does not feel like you’re in the 1980s, 1800s, or even 2020. That means that the lovely art deco curtain accents you may have are not timeless. They are pointedly dated for the 1920s, though elements of classical styles can be used in timeless interior design, which can span a multitude of generations.

How can you design for a timeless style?

It’s not easy designing a timeless look. An interior designer should shy away from trends and focus instead on elements that can stand the test of time. This often means focusing on natural materials for elements, such as wood and stone. Opting for these over tile, metals, or plastics will help you bridge the generational gap. Using vintage pieces, like the art deco accessories we spoke about above, can help your design span across the years, tying in a variety of nods to interior design of days past. Symmetry should also be considered, as well as patterns that are not too vintage nor too modern. Colors that aren’t too bold will help keep your room from looking a certain “age”, and effectively hiding technology will help your room feel like it belongs both in the 1800s and 2020. As long as the design harmonizes with itself, seemingly eclectic pieces can be used in conjunction with one another. Ultimately, you should be happy with your room, but these are some great starting points in order to create something timeless.

Standing the test of time

A room with elements that can be easily swapped (like pillows!) for more trendy colors or feelings are ones that often stand the test of time. Swapping out those dusty aqua pillows for bright orange can help reinvigorate your room with new energy, and next year, when another color is more “hip” than the one preceding it, you can swap out elements in the room to that without redoing the whole space. This is the beauty of timeless design — it’s never too vintage or too modern, and can fit “just right”!

What’s your favorite element of “timeless” design? Let us know in the comments below!

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