Home décor is not always an area where you want to be trendy. That’s because most design upgrades are an investment, whether you want to get a new sofa or completely renovate your kitchen. As such, you don’t want to spend top dollar on a redo that’s going to feel dated in a few years’ time.
The best way to confidently redecorate is to do so with a more timeless look. The following are 5 examples of design trends that will serve you well now and still look fresh years from now.
1. An All-White Kitchen…
There’s nothing quite as fresh as an all-white kitchen. And, if you upgrade your home’s culinary centerpiece, then white is the way to go to ensure it’ll look just as fresh in 20 years as it does now.
You don’t have to do floor-to-ceiling white, either. Hardwood floors in your kitchen — in just about any shade, no less — will always go with your white cabinetry and countertops and will always be in style, too. The only thing about your cabinets that might begin to start feeling outdated in a few years’ time is the hardware. This is an easy project down the line that won’t cost much and will instantly update your kitchen’s look once again.
2. …And a Neutral Color Palette Everywhere Else
To that end, you can’t go wrong if you choose to decorate the rest of your home in a neutral, traditional palette. This doesn’t necessarily mean a completely beige backdrop for all of your rooms, either: traditional colors encompass everything from tan, white and gray to navy blue, olive green and even black. Trendier pops of color can come from easy-to-replace items, like throw pillows, curtains and the accessories you use to accentuate bookshelves, coffee tables, etc.
3. Traditional Design Elements
Once you have decided on a color palette for your home, look to the space’s existing built-ins and character to see if it falls into a traditional style. One of the most commonly chosen design styles, a traditional look is easy to spot: it’s clean and simple with a bit of ornamentation in the form of crown molding, columns, baseboards, built-in shelving, stone or brick fireplaces, etc.
Your home may have come with these little design features. If not, a timeless upgrade — and easy weekend project — would be to add crown molding to the rooms in your house. And, if you’re tempted to remove a classic element from your home, don’t: find a way to modernize it with paint, for example, without completely removing anything. Traditional design has staying power because it’s simple, unfussy and not at all trendy, and for that reason it always looks good.
As for the rest of your furniture, look for pieces that you can imagine standing the test of time. Simple lines; sofas with curved armrests; and durable, neutral fabrics and finishes all play into your desired look.
4. Good Lighting
This seems like a no-brainer, but it’s worth mentioning just how much the proper lighting can enhance and improve the look of your space. The key here is relying on more than just the lighting that came built into your home. Overhead lights are certainly useful, and sometimes they can cast the exact glow you want. More often than not, though, these bulbs are too bright and too harsh to create the cozy vibes that will always make your home feel like, well, home.
The best way to curate a good lighting scheme is by accentuating your rooms with table and floor lamps. Outfit them with bulbs that cast a warm glow: anything too bright or too white will wash out your space.
Don’t forget that good lighting also includes your access to natural light. In other words, don’t be afraid to open the blinds and throw back the curtains during the day to drench your home in natural light. You’ll find that everything looks better in the sun’s natural glow.
5. Gallery Walls
No matter what colors or furniture pieces you choose for your home, the final touch will be adding art to your walls. A gallery wall is absolutely timeless — museums have been around forever, after all — and you can easily piece one together from art, family photos, travel memorabilia, mirrors, patterned paper or even a combination of the above.
The best trick in creating a gallery wall is to create your layout before you start hammering holes into your walls. Frame everything and lay it on the ground in front of your wall. Reorganize until you have a good shape for your mural, take a picture for good measure and then start hanging. You can go even further with your gallery wall design by choosing a color palette for your images, for example, but even the simplest of designs will look stunning once it’s hung up.
The most important tip to creating timeless home décor is by choosing something you love. That way, you’ll continue to love it for years to come. In that case, the above tips are just a jumping off point for you and your own foray into home design. The sooner you get started, the sooner you’ll find your version of the traditional, timeless look you seek.
Kacey is a lifestyle blogger for The Drifter Collective, an eclectic lifestyle blog that expresses various forms of style through the influence of culture and the world around us. Kacey graduated with a degree in Communications while working for a lifestyle magazine. She has been able to fully embrace herself with the knowledge of nature, the power of exploring other locations and cultures, all while portraying her love for the world around her through her visually pleasing, culturally embracing and inspiring posts.