Home design trends come and go almost as quickly as fashion fads. One minute they’re in and the next they’re out. But out of fashion home designs aren’t nearly as easy to transform as last month’s outfits, so ideally you want your new home to have a timeless design.
This will make sure your new home is as impressive and modern looking three years down the line as it is on move in day.
But for your home to have that timeless appearance, you’ll need to choose not just the latest design trends, but designs that aren’t going to go out of fashion anytime soon.
Keeping it neutral
Neutral colours are always going to compliment a home, no matter what the latest trend. Off whites, greys and other light colours will match any other home design features you choose, and will help make your rooms look bright and spacious.
Neutral colours can appear both traditional and modern at the same time, and with nothing too offensive about them there’s no chance of them going out of fashion.
They’re a much better option for a timeless design than bold and bright colours, as whilst these might make a statement and make your home a little quirkier, they can be seen as gaudy as the novelty wears off and the trends move on.
Choose designs that have already stood the test of time
A good way to know which designs are safe to choose for your new home is by thinking about designs that have already proved themselves timeless by standing the test of time.
Designs that have been around for decades aren’t likely to go out of fashion any time soon. So for example, neutral colours, indoor plants, and plenty of natural lighting are all things that have been improving energy in the home for years, they’re a safe bet. You can’t really go wrong with simple/minimalist designs.
Taking ideas from classical designs is also a good way to go, as things like classic sculptures, marble worktops, and stand alone baths can add a touch of character without making your home look dated at all.
Natural materials in the home are popular in all corners of the world, and can bring a timeless natural balance into your home.
Whilst man made materials come in and out of fashion regularly, natural materials like wood, brick and stone have always been timeless materials that provide your home with a quality feel and an authentic look.
The natural world is a lot more beautiful than our own, and so by using natural materials around your home you’ll be bringing some of the outside world’s beauty in.
If you’re not sure how to incorporate natural materials into your home design, you could start with a simple wooden flooring. This is always a classic choice. Other ideas could include an exposed brick wall, which is a simple yet effective home design, or a stone fire place.
Natural materials are like neutral colours in that nothing will ever really replace them, or live up to their timelessness.
Mix and match
When people point out designs that are out of fashion, they’ll usually compare the home décor to the trends of a previous era or fad. So by mixing and matching your design choice, your home can’t be categorised as any particular style, and will maintain it’s modern appearance.
But that’s not to say your home should be a wild mixture of every trend that’s come and gone over the last few years! Instead, if there are tasteful elements of certain styles that you love, work them into your home design.
For example, you could take features from country styles like fur rugs and stone walls, and mix them with modern furnishings for a mid-century modern look.
Make sure your home design is practical
One of the most important things to keep in mind when designing your home though is practicality.
Make sure your layout suits the shape of the room, and your furniture suits the size of your home. Oversized furniture can make a room feel cramped and interfere with the practicality of your home. Your design and layout needs to be in proportion to the size of your home.
The practicality of your home is where ‘less is more’ comes in. Don’t over clutter your home with furniture, or bold designs.
Create and define a focal point
Having a focal point in your rooms can make your home design feel impressive, no matter what the style. A focal point is basically just a particularly attractive feature in the room that the design revolves around. It can be anything from a piece of furniture like a dining table, to art, to an impressive fireplace.
Decide on a feature that will be the main attraction of a room, and layout your furniture and interior design to direct attention towards it. This will help you create a timeless layout that works for your property.
The latest trends might not be the best way forward if you want to give your new home a timeless design. In fact, the best way to ensure your home still impresses viewers for many years to come is to mix and match modern and classic features. Bring a little history into the home, whilst making sure your home design is anything but dated.
Keep your colour scheme simple and neutral, rather than covering the walls with the latest statement colour. Bright colours might look effective, but you might grow out of them fairly quickly, and they don’t allow much flexibility for colour schemes. Natural colours and materials are much more likely to stand the test of time.
Trends that have already proved that they’re not going anywhere are a good choice if you’re not sure how to go about designing your new home.