Maybe I can blame it on the fact that I’m now in my 30s or that our current house makes me lean more traditionally, but for the past several months, I’ve been thinking a lot about timeless design.
That’s probably because if I paint a room, I reeeeaaaally don’t want to paint it again in 2-3 years just because I followed a fad and the trends changed yet again. (That could just be this first trimester exhaustion talking.)
Kind of like how those stilettos in my closet look great for a night out, but if I’m being totally honest with myself, I’d much rather trek around town in comfy, pretty flats. (Yep… really thinking this is a 30s revelation here.)
I’ve mentioned before that I refuse to wholeheartedly put farmhouse decor in our house. Because I know farmhouse’s time in the spotlight is coming to an end sometime… and really it just doesn’t make sense in our colonial.
So if you’ve been thinking the same lately and want to decorate your home so that its style will stand the test of time, I hope these tips will help you as much as they’ve helped me.
12 Timeless Design Tips That Never Go Out of Style:
1. Black doors
I mean… I guess white doors are really timeless too but black has that oomph, ya know? We used the color Benjamin Moore Wrought Iron on ours.
2. Mix formal with casual
Rooms don’t have to be labeled “formal” or “casual”. Incorporate both to make it versatile. So ya know… we can get uber fancy at Easter dinner but also not feel bad about putting our elbows on the table.
3. Full length panel window curtains
They can be casual or formal and work with modern or traditional styles. They’re simple, so they create depth without fussiness. Plus, they make rooms look larger and ceilings look taller. Win-win-win! My favorites are the Ritva curtains from IKEA.
4. Opt for soothing grays and clean, white bedding for a luxury hotel feel
Calming, spa-like bedrooms never really go out of style. (Here is some of my favorite luxury feel bedding for suuuuper cheap.)
5. Crown molding
Crown molding is very DIY-able and can add resale value to your house because it’s one feature that is always “in”. If you want to make a room feel extra upscale but still timeless, add large picture frame molding to the walls too (which I hope to add more of reeeaally soon).
6. Gilded mirrors
If you have a window on only one side of a room, a gilded mirror can help balance the natural light in the space and remain classic in style. Antique mirrors don’t have to be pricey either. I’ve found most of ours at thrift stores and on eBay. (Here’s a trick we used to hang ours.)
7. Crystal chandeliers and light fixtures
You can replicate the high-end crystal look inexpensively by incorporating glass light fixtures instead, if the real deal crystal chandeliers are too much. And if you want a modern take on traditional, you can use frosted glass instead. (See the tutorial to make this light fixture here.)
8. Neutral paint colors
Stick to whites and grays for wall colors to last you years without painting. Get colorful with accents and small textiles like pillows and throw blankets instead. (See a list of my favorite neutral paint colors here.)
9. Blend old with new
Incorporate at least one vintage piece into a room for extra charm. Go for pieces or accents with clean lines to last you through the years. (Check out these thrifting and Craigslisting tips, if you need ideas for scoring vintage/antique items.)
10. Weave in marble, even if it’s the fake stuff
Use marble look tiles on floors or in showers, put a marble top on a dresser, or go really inexpensive by adhering marble contact paper on table tops. (If you have real marble, but it needs a good cleaning, here’s how to remove stains.)
11. Hang an understated gallery wall
Don’t get too eclectic by hanging up too many frames with different colors, shapes, and textures, but you can’t go wrong with classic black and white or a monochromatic color scheme. (Here’s my tried and true gallery wall hanging trick.)
12. Resist clutter and too much furniture
Let a room breathe. Not every nook and corner needs a piece of furniture or a piece of wall decor to fill up space. Incorporate just enough and a room will feel clean and airy.
I’m certainly not a school-trained interior designer or anything, but those are just the twelve things that I always find myself spotting in classic design time and time again. And if it keeps me from spending way too much and loving our home’s style for much longer, then I’m allllllll for it.
Do you lean timeless? Or are you more a fan of sporting decorating trends? I’ll still never quit trends entirely. 😉