How to Ensure a Timeless Design

by Ian Phillips

How is it that some older houses look so outdated, while others somehow still look brand new and modern? It is ultimately all about investing in a design that can withstand the test of time and can keep up with the newest of homes. So, that is the million dollar question: How can you design your custom home to still be a classic in 10, 20, 30 years? Let me tell you!

When you create a timeless design, it needs to be enduring. If you are looking to design your home to have a timeless look that always feels fresh and relevant, than seek out designs, styles and colors that are “classic.” Invest in a design that you know you’ll still love in 10 years; if you know you won’t like it in 10 years, other people probably won’t either.

Take some time to look back at older classic homes and ask yourself what you like about the home. The quintessential American home is always in demand, often using natural resources such as wood floors, granite, and stone. These materials will always hold their value and weight in the most classic homes. You may want to draw from Greek architecture by utilizing strong columns, stripes, statues, busts and architectural moldings. Your timeless home will play upon these details. Your interiors will be designed so that they complement the architecture.

Having a timeless design means not getting sucked into the most current craze. The “latest and greatest” in design eventually will change. Timeless design is quietly understated, simple and sophisticated. This style is one that is designed to be highly functional, yet not bland and boring. It’s a style that belongs to both its space and its environment.

Timeless design is a relatively easy one to achieve. Your background should be neutral, and not busy. Emphasize clean lines and shapes and your home’s natural architectural details. Add classic colors such as dark green, navy and black as they complement the neutrals so well. Invest in a few pieces of antique furniture. Any furniture, even reproductions, that are over 100 years old are considered to be antiques. So anyone can have them!

For patterns, use bold ones such as stripes, plaids and checks. Use natural materials in your home – lots of wood, stone, and natural fibers. Make sure that your furniture is appropriately scaled to the size of the room it’s in. Steer away from clutter, knick-knack and tchotchkes. A room should aim for simplicity, subtlety and elegance. Designing a classic timeless home of your own is completely achievable when following these guidelines, and now you’re on your way!

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