My Thoughts on Timeless Design.
Recently I have been thinking a lot about the difference between timeless design and trendy design. There are lots of trendy options and those options change yearly due to the influence of fashion. As with fashion, trends can be fun if they are used as added accents to an outfit. If trends are used for putting together a whole outfit, well, that gets expensive. It is similar with the interior hard finishes in your home.
Trends are not all bad. I am actually taken by several recent trends such as the greige paint trend, the Scandinavian all white interior or the modern desert vibe. The question is, can I live with the trend long term? That is a hard one. I seem to want to change up my interiors more often than most people. My husband will attest to this.
I like the idea of incorporating some elements of trends into interiors, so the space feels fresh. To me this is easier understood with fashion. I like the idea of adding a trendy accent, such as a belt, an inexpensive clutch or a new tee-shirt to revive your outfit making is appear fresh. Adding accent items are less costly and can be easily changed out from year to year without breaking the bank.
I think using the fashion comparison makes sense to me. It allows me to have freedom to add elements to look “current” and not dated, but I don’t necessarily want to buy key items in my wardrobe every year.
I think the same is true with interiors. A base design can reflect a style that is true to the homeowners and trendy items can be added in small quantities yearly to give your space a fresh feel. This concept can be applied to interior hard finishes. Interior hard finishes become a “backdrop” for the trendy items that come and go in your home.
When designing the backdrop, it is important to define your base style. Your style may be natural, elegant, high contrast (black and white), industrial or mid-century modern. You may like highly put-together interiors or something more casual and relaxed. Once you know this, you can begin to think about your interior hard finishes as a way of reflecting your base home style, keeping these neutral or simple so they do not overwhelm or become dated quickly. Remember that colors go in and out of style due to the fashion industry. The same can be said of certain patterns.
Find tile, flooring and countertop materials, wall and trim colors that will work well with the trendy items you are drawn to. Coordinate the undertones of your interior hard finishes so they work well with each other and add small, inexpensive items yearly to accent the space.
If you are looking for a comprehensive package of hard finish suggestions, shop my various finish schemes for sale. The PDF download is a materials list of coordinated hard finishes and appropriate foundation whites for kitchens or baths. Be sure to get both corresponding rooms if you are planning a complete remodel.