Home ownership and decor blogs talk a lot about the latest trends: must-have additions for 2016, the latest remodeling essentials, and how to keep up with some of the amazing innovations we've all seen in design magazines. That's all well and good, but after years of switching up interior aesthetics, many homeowners can become exhausted with the pace of change and the pressure to stay ahead of the game. For those homeowners, opting for a classic, eternally stylish elegance is a surefire way to ensure that you'll only have to switch up your interior one more time. If you're ready to embrace timeless design that will outlast the trends and remain classy and polished throughout the years, here are 4 tips to help you get started.
Choose A Neutral Palette With Contrasts
We're all well aware that the best color base for a classic home is always neutral. While some timeless homes play with navy blue and hunter green, the safest bets for your palette are grays, creams, beiges, and of course black and white. But in order to maintain a balance between a home that's too stark or too dark, you'll need to play these off each other. A light-hued main base allows rooms to feel open and spacious, so opt for a soft gray, ivory, or white for your overall wash. Combine this with darker accents to create a sharp, elegant contrast; charcoal, slate gray, auburn, or dark wood trim creates a handsome effect that's neither contemporary nor dated — simply prestigious.
Say Yes To Molding
Molding is the perfect way to add a little luxury to your interior while avoiding flashy or overly opulent displays that could become outmoded. This essential part of any timeless interior can be adapted to a variety of styles from the simple to the ultra-sophisticated. It 'completes' the look of your interior and can be blended with stately baseboards, picture rails, and even wainscoting to create a stunning and decidedly non-faddish effect.
Utilize Natural Materials
Materials used throughout a timeless-endeavoring home should be natural and should have been used historically in homebuilding. If switching out your laminate for oak or your imitation leather for supple suede is too large of an expense, try to upgrade to materials that at least mimic the look of these natural materials. Modern imitations are much more authentic looking than ones from even a few years ago. Rich wood, sleek stone, and fibers such as linen, wool, and rayon are classic elements that will only add timeless appeal to your living space. If you want to be even more enduring in your approach, choose woods that are deep in hue rather than light, and ashy rather than overtly reddish.
Incorporate Trendy Statement Pieces
Despite your efforts to avoid incorporating elements that will become out of date, you're likely to come across individual pieces that you like but which may not be entirely classic. And that's okay! You don't want to become too fixated on avoiding trends. What you can do is choose a few select "statement pieces" which add a dash of an on-trend color or contemporary design to your assemblage while allowing you to easily remove them in the future if you wish. This way, you can retain a classic base, while interchanging a couple of mobile items such as a lamp, vase, or piece of artwork to keep things fresh.
What do you do to keep your Ridgewood home looking timelessly beautiful? Share your ideas with us in the comments below!