Trends are all well and good but what do you do when the trend becomes ‘so last year’? Redecorating all the time is impossible both in terms of budget and time. The answer lays in carefully choosing what trends you go with, making sure that they are timeless and classic.
1) Choose natural, high-quality materials and fabrics
If there is one thing that never goes out of fashion, it is the materials that nature gives us from. From wool to wood, there is a range of all-natural materials that make creating a timeless, elegant interior a possibility. What you are looking for is sophistication in a piece and that means sometimes spending a little more on something. In other words, that flat-pack modern piece of furniture may look great, but is it oozing longevity or ‘make do’.
The best thing about natural materials is how well they age over time, with a stunning patina or finish about them that doesn’t detract from the room but enhance it.
From wooden frame chairs to natural stone floors, consider the materials used in your home and how they will continue to contribute over the coming years.
2) Discreet technology
We all know that when it comes to technology, the array of gadgets and gizmos that enhance the comfort of our homes is dizzying. What tends to happen with interior design trends is that they include this technology in their make up – and that makes sense. Sort of.
However, the pace of technological change is lightning fast and so what was fantastic last year has already been replaced by something smaller/bigger/thinner/thicker, you name it.
To keep your interior looking timeless and elegant, you need to incorporate technology rather than making it stand out. Opt for smaller speakers, for example, but rather than wall mount them, have them as part of the furniture.
Take care choosing furniture that is specifically for a certain piece of technology. It could become obsolete sooner than you think.
3) Choose neutral colours
The Pantone colour of the year is Ultra Violet, a beautifully shimmering deep purple that is vibrant and bold. Slap it on the walls or choose a wingback chair in a deep plum colour and you have the look. Until next year.
Who can afford to keep replacing furniture and who has the time to be continually painting walls? If you want to be right now, then by all means, opt for Ultra Violet or the grey tones that we are seeing a lot of. Or, if you want an interior design style or scheme with a little more longevity, opt for a neutral colour scheme.
This doesn’t mean opting for boring neutral colours such as white or magnolia, but rather colours that form a neutral backdrop against which the rest of the room can shine. For example, a beautiful light yellow, perfect for the spring pastel shades that are on-trend is ideal in a room with a sunny disposition. Choose an accent chair or two, use natural fabrics for both furniture and floor and along with a few well-chosen accessories, you have a room that has key on-trend elements but will last longer than 12 months in terms of looks.
If you like darker tones and shades, all well and good but be mindful that they can soon look old hat. Why not opt for a lighter shade of your favourite colour?
4) Timeless statements
No matter which design scheme you favour, they will all have a key element that stands out. Some of these statement pieces can be right on trend – such as the space-like pendant lights we have seen of late – whereas others can have more timeless elements to them.
The skill is to choose a statement piece that packs a punch but is unobtrusive and non-garish. From lighting to iconic shales and designs such as a wingback armchair or Chesterfield inspired sofa, there are always options that can stand out or take a back seat in a design.
Some shapes and designs never go out of fashion! Check the key ingredients of each interior design style with our comprehensive interior design guide to help achieve a timeless, but stylish interior.
5) Get personal
There is a difference between timeless and characterless, but this is a common mistake that we make when trying to create a space that doesn’t age too fast in terms of its trendiness. Removing all the details of a room does not make it classic: it makes it bare.
From art to sculptural accessories, to family photos to the blanket that you have had as a throw on the sofa for years, these smaller, personal details are what turn your room from ordinary to extraordinary.
Accessories and artwork add depth and detail to a room – and can be easily changed too. But don’t forget your personal things because the fridge magnet from your last holiday is, after all, one of the many things that make your house a home.