Timeless Designs Equal Sophistication
Timeless interiors are sheer poise; they are exhilarating, yet warm and inviting. A timeless space is neither over-done nor lifeless; it is a harmonious balance of style and serenity.
So what does it take to make a home or any space look timeless? Natural materials, neutral colours, and clean simple lines are a good start, but here are the key major factors to consider:
OPEN CONCEPT LAYOUTS ARE THE BEST
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If you are in the process of designing a new home or renovating an existing gem, consider an open-plan layout. Open-plans offer terrific flexibility and provides for a seamless transition from one space to a next. It also allows you to display a cohesive aesthetic throughout common areas.
Open-plans works best when you apply continuous flooring, recessed lighting or a colour palette throughout all connecting spaces. Furnishings, light fixtures, and area rugs may be used to define a space if you prefer visual separation.
FUNCTIONALITY IS ALWAYS KEY
The most rewarding interiors that withstand the test of time are those that offer functionality. It may not be alluring to think about energy efficiency and durability, but it will pay-off to consider these more functional elements with your shiny and more beautiful pieces.
Scale and proportion also plays a vital role in timeless designs. Consider how large or small the room is; a well-proportioned design will have furniture that is neither too large that it crams the room, or too small that it seems underwhelming.
AIM FOR STYLE; NOT TRENDS
Trends are seasonal. The key is to look beyond the trends and focus on styles that you love that can last; remember, timeless interiors is more about sophistication.
Don’t be too quick to purchase furniture or trending paint colours of the year. Instead, Implement your trendy colours and materials in easily changeable accent items like tableware, lamps, cushions and bedding. These can be changed more easily if ever you get tired of the style.
KEEP IT CLASSIC
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Timeless interiors decorated in a classic style are both sensuous and modest. There’s an order, yet comfort and functionality are at the forefront.
When creating a timeless feel in your home, consider how your aesthetic serves with your architecture; this is very important for continuity and harmony. Materials and furnishings should be of quality for a prestige look, and the colour scheme should mainly be neutrals and light pastels. Another common feature of timeless spaces is symmetry. Symmetrical designs are centred around a focal point such as a unique wall, a large piece of wall art, or even a fireplace for our international readers.
THINK NEUTRAL COLOURS
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In timeless interiors, neutral colours dominate; they never date. Beiges, greys and whites are typical and they do have a way of enhancing an interior and creating sleek continuity in an open-plan space.
Neutrality doesn’t mean boring and charmless. For example: warm whites create an inviting space and compliments an interior that has a great deal of texture and natural materials, and cool whites are great for neutralising spaces that are flooded with natural light or has a minimalist style.
Do know, if you are keen to add a few pops of colour to your timeless space, use elements such as artwork, throws or cushions. Layering colour in through smaller pieces won’t be overpowering.
MODERNISE WITH ART AND DECOR
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Modernise your space with art and decorative objects. This way, regardless of the time period of your architecture or furnishings, your interior will feel current.
Consider how the composition of the artwork influences your space. For instance, a glossy photograph of a landscape will create a fresh and modern feel that a traditional oil painting of a landscape won’t.
Timeless designed homes tend to respect space and flow; there’s always room to move and breathe. Furniture is never crowded together and surfaces aren’t cluttered with items. Fixtures and fittings tend to be streamlined to allow for soft furnishings to take centre stage.
Creating a timeless home comes down to the perfect balance between filling the space and leaving areas open. It’s also a balance between the statement pieces and focal points, and clean simple design.
OLD ERA MEETS NEW ERA
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Don’t be afraid to mix the old with the new. Combining styles with finishes and furniture of different time periods can help to create a timeless space. Your interior won’t tell of just one time period or design style which may be reminiscent of a trend; it’ll reflect multiple eras. Balance is the essence of mixing old and new for a timeless interior.
With these 8 tips, you are well on your way designing your very own sleek and timeless space. Share your remodel or new built with us on Facebook and Instagram @formstudiosintl and if you need help, we are here. Contact us at 1.284.499.2060. We’d love to hear from you!