When it comes to style I have a bit of a short attention span! I’m wild about many current trends and styles. But I’ll admit that I get tired of them quickly and am often waiting for the next newest decor trends to come around the corner! I love beach, and farmhouse and modern. Traditional, bohemian, industrial and midcentury. Art deco, cottage, French and cabin! And that’s just some of the styles that make me swoon! But most of all I love love love a timeless look. You know, decor that is so perfectly classic that it looks as good today as it did twenty years ago! It’s true decor beauty! Timeless decor also is a great background to add almost any other style too! I think timeless styling is the perfect styling! Here are 10 tips to help us hone a timeless decor look!
Today’s PRACTICALLY SPEAKING is all about the beautiful, sensible, PRACTICAL, effortless look of timeless decor and how to achieve it!
FUNCTIONAL AND FABULOUS FURNISHINGS
Timeless furnishings should be comfortable! If you are going to have a piece of furniture, like a sofa, for a number of years make it the most comfortable one you can find. Look for well constructed pieces and wonderfully time-honored fabrics!
Make sure the styling is not too trendy or lack luster! A classically beautiful sofa or chair or table is the backbone of a timeless look!
KEEP TRENDY COLORS AND PATTERNS FOR ACCENTS
Timeless decor means fabrics that will stand up to years of changing trends! They transcend those changes.
Don’t rush out and buy foundational furniture in the “color of the year”! It’s only the “color of the year” for one year! Choose colors and patterns, especially when buying big ticket items, that will still look amazing when this year’s trends have come and gone!
Add layers of accent decor like lamps, art, tableware, pillows, bedding, etc. in more updated colors and styles. They can be changed out easily when they get tired or are out of style!
Introducing a new color or contemporary style is so easy if you have timeless pieces!
CHANGE PILLOWS AND THROWS TO REFLECT THE SEASON OR MOOD
Pillows and throws are like jewelry to our soft furnishings! They can be relatively inexpensive and add lots of pop and pizzazz to a timeless look! Here’s where to add just-now colors and patterns! And have fun! When furniture is timeless introducing a little decor trend and sass is possible!
This classic, neutral chair is a great background for these colorful pillows!
NEUTRALS ARE THE EPITOME OF TIMELESS
Neutral colors, for me, are the biggest bang for our bucks… perfectly timeless… and these tones work with most any color or style! And living with neutrals is a delight! Neutrals never go out of style! They evoke a clean, fresh feel and are the epitome of timeless!
Since I changed to a neutral color palette several years ago my home feels fresh and up to date no matter what’s new in the decor world! It was the best decor decision I have ever made!
DON’T OVERCROWD A SPACE
Timeless decor respects the space it’s in. Better furniture be a little sparse than crowded together! Timeless decor looks honor and shows off each piece of furniture!
This is a little hard for me! I love to fill my rooms. I’m still learning this tip!
BE DETAIL ORIENTED
Spend the extra time to think about and choose every decor detail with care. Pay attention to lighting and seating and mirrors and art and candles and objets d’art. Everything! With a timeless look, less is often best. Ask yourself if what you choose to put in a room is something you love and is worthy of the space in the room!
Give yourself time to sit in a room and day dream about how it could look. This is time well spent!
BLEND OLD AND NEW
Timeless looks often blend old and new. I absolutely love this look! I call it “collected”. Mixing classic pieces from different eras is an amazing way to bring interest and beauty into your decor!
Now is a fabulous time to put this tip into practice! Painted furniture is now a new classic and not just a trend… so paint an old outdated piece with a great new fresh color. Or upholster an out of date pattern with something new!
The chairs in the background were 18th century mahogany and I painted and reupholstered them. They have a great intricate style with a fresh new look! To see how I painted them click HERE.
EDIT COLLECTIONS TO JUST A FEW
Many of us love to collect something! And if you are a collector I bet you love showing it off. For a timeless look, edit your collection to the “best” and display them. Or rotate your precious items and display a few at a time!
Less is more when it comes to displaying collections within a timeless decor!
I am an avid “dish” collector! And I use my dishes as accent pieces all over my home. But I’m leaning that a little at one time can go a long way!
CURATE YOUR LOOK
To “curate” means to choose, organize and look after something! Today, we have talked about “choosing” timeless decor. We have mentioned “organizing” or how to use your timeless furnishing in a space. Now let’s make sure we look after our furniture to keep it looking it’s best. Part of a curated look is “caring” for it!
A timeless look is well cared for and neat as a pin. Free from dust bunnies and stains! Nothing ruins a timeless look like unkempt areas and furniture that has seen better days!
Here’s the good news. When a timeless piece finally starts looking tired, it can be repainted, slipcovered or reupholstered as long as the frame is still good! And it can continue to give you years of service!
LIVE WITH WHAT YOU LOVE
Most important of all is to live with what you love! If you are looking for that timeless, classic, amazing look choose pieces that YOU love! It’s your home… your sanctuary! Make it a reflection of wonderful YOU!
If you love that timeless decor look that so many of us do, you now have a few tips to help achieve it in your home! Achieving a timeless look is a process! Enjoy the journey!
What is your favorite thing about a timeless look? Please share!
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