Contemporary home design has navigated a gamut of on-trend color themes, patterns, materials, and textures throughout the past few years. We’ve experienced a renaissance of niche ideas fueled by chic urban revitalization and economic expansion, coinciding with design inspirations from around the world.
Although the trends that have emerged are, in most cases, beautiful in form, function, and aesthetics, they can pose a dilemma, in this era, of being characterized with difficulty adapting to changing tastes for the future.
So, how can you design spaces utilizing the best of current trends while remaining flexible for reinterpretation? Consider the following timeless design tips:
Natural Materials are Timeless
Utilize high-quality natural materials like stone, wood, leather, glass, and linen to create a cozy, classic look. These materials never go out of style and will typically patina with age, adding to their charm and timeless appeal. However, their finish can also echo a specific era, so it’s important to keep this in mind when choosing an application. For example, many homes built in the early to mid-2000s have deep, red-stained Brazilian cherry cabinets and hardwood floors that are now being replaced or refinished in more neutral wood finishes.
Decorative Objects and Fixtures
Accentuate trending colors with fixtures and decorative objects. Rugs, lamps, art, and furniture can convey the latest palette without requiring major renovation in the future. Lighting fixtures are easy to swap out, or consider using pendants or sconces to remain on trend with the expectation that they can be replaced if needed.
Consider Textures Over Patterns
Patterns have made a big splash in the back-end of the decade, particularly with wallpaper and tile. However, attractive, bold patterns may look dated later down the road. Textures, especially those resulting from natural materials, tend to have much more staying power. Textured wallpaper or a jute rug can add warmth and subdued complexity to a room without falling victim to the winds of trends.
Clean Lines are Timeless
Beyond modern design, clean lines can be applied to almost any style. Ornate details and trim profiles are more obtrusive to a space, while straighter lines and profiles are flexible and complement various styles. Modern interiors often lean toward cold, stiff environments that don’t radiate coziness, but it’s possible to attain warmth along with a clean design.
Above All, Go with Your Taste
Trends and timeless designs are both important considerations, but not at the expense of living in a home that doesn’t completely reflect your style. It may be a good idea to hire a professional to assist you in navigating the multitude of design decisions.
Lisa Alexander is a freelance writer