Timeless Interior Design Trends for Every Season
Your home is a reflection of you, and there’s nothing wrong with demonstrating your own personal sense of style through your home décor. However, there are some basic design principles that will ensure that your home looks fantastic, no matter what’s in style.
Interior design, like all kinds of fashion, has trends that come and go. While it can be tempting to try and integrate every single new trend into your home’s décor, this can result in a messy and incoherent design aesthetic, lacking an overarching theme or concept.
Your home is a reflection of you, and there’s nothing wrong with demonstrating your own personal sense of style through your home décor. However, there are some basic design principles that will ensure that your home looks fantastic, no matter what’s in style. Here are some of our top tips for decorating your home to stand the test of time.
1. Function over ‘flash’
Prioritise the functionality of your home over something that simply looks stylish. Put simply, a home that flows well, is easy to navigate and comfortable to relax in is always going to feel stylish and sophisticated. Over cluttering your home with trendy furniture pieces or artwork is ultimately going to make the space harder to use and less pleasant to occupy.
One way of heightening the functionality of your home is an open floorplan. Open floorplans encourage intuitive, easy movement throughout a home, and heighten the sense of connection between each distinct space. Homes with open floorplans also tend to take in more natural light and feel larger, further elevating the usefulness and functionality of the space.
2. Stick to neutrals
One of the easiest ways a home can look dated is through selecting a colour palette specific to a time period. The browns and orange colour palette favoured in the 1970s is instantly recognisable, while rose gold is instantly reminiscent of the early 2010s. Neutral colours, however, are not easily associated with any given time period, and therefore will give your home a timeless feel.
Neutrals are advantageous for other reasons as well: it’s much easier to construct a coherent aesthetic look for your home, as there’s a far wider selection of neutral options available for furniture and décor. Neutrals can also make a home look bigger, as they’re generally lighter colours like cream, beige and white, reflecting more light and making a space feel more open. You can use colour as accents in cushions and smaller furniture items, but with large pieces, it’s best to stick to neutrals.
3. Keep it simple
When selecting furniture for your home, pieces with clean lines with minimal ornate detail are the best for a timeless look. Anything overly fussy or unconventional is likely to reflect the trends of the moment, and therefore will detract from a sense of timelessness.
Decorative, ornate details shouldn’t be excluded entirely from your home décor. Small, ornate details can serve as stunning accents in a room – think of Victorian ceiling roses and cornices, tufted legs on a sofa, or a beautiful decorative lamp. However, these shouldn’t be centre pieces that draw the eye in an overly distracting way.
4. Aim for symmetry
The human brain is automatically drawn to symmetry. It’s been a classical beauty standard for centuries, in every aesthetic field from fashion, beauty and architecture. The same principle applies to achieving a timeless, elegant aesthetic for your home.
Think about the centre point of each space in your home, whether that’s the physical centre of the room or an object or piece that is the focal point, and use that as an anchor for all the other pieces. It’s good to double up on items of furniture so that they can be placed at opposite points in the room, creating a mirror image of each side. This will give each space a sense of balance and harmony.
Discover more interior design trends below