When it comes to decorating, what style do you prefer? We throw around words like traditional, contemporary, transitional, and eclectic, but the truth is that most of us are somewhere in the middle. If you're constantly chasing trends, you'll end up spending a lot of money and it will be difficult to achieve a room that feels settled. Whether your tastes lean more toward classic or edgy, there are a few principles that can help you create a timeless look in your home. Here are four tips to get you started.
1. Something Old, Something New
Every room should have at least one vintage or antique piece. Antiques add warmth and character to a room and help it to feel assembled over time. Even in primarily modern spaces, one antique mirror or rug can change the entire atmosphere. Conversely, it's important to mix contemporary pieces into more traditional settings. Most people don't live in completely period rooms, but if your taste is traditional, it doesn't always feel natural to opt for modern pieces. Try adding in a modern abstract art piece above an antique sideboard. Why not place modern pillows on an antique sofa? Perhaps a modern wallpaper will set off your antiques! Mastering the mix of old and new is an ideal way to create a timeless look that will look just as good in ten years as it does now.
2. Utilize Symmetry
Symmetry is one of the easiest ways to create balance in a room and it also lends itself to a timeless look. Arrange furniture in a symmetrical fashion and your room will instantly feel classic. Even placing accessories in a symmetrical way on a table top can have the same effect. If you have a focal point such as a fireplace mantel, hang artwork and a pair of sconces above it and arrange items on the mantel in perfect symmetry. The great thing about this trick is that you can do it within any style--contemporary or traditional-- and the timeless feel will be the same.
3. Choose the Right Patterns
Any time you want to create a timeless look, pattern is one of your greatest allies. Traditional patterns such as damask have been around for centuries and lend themselves to a classic feel. However don't think that you can't switch things up a bit! Play with the color story and scale of traditional prints. A large scale, black and white damask pattern can add a touch of modern glam to a traditional room.
4. Infuse Worldly Accents
Whether you've traveled the world or not, it's important to layer in worldly accessories into your rooms. Choose pieces with cultural flair to help your space feel less "decorated" and more personal. Worldly accessories are what help your home to reflect your unique tastes. Pick up items when you travel or at local flea markets, antique shops, and estate sales. Many globally influenced pieces are hand made and reflect different cultures, adding to the character and story of your interiors.