Trends to Timeless Design
Rachel Boettner & Shelley Grom
Around this time every year, you start to see a lot of articles attempting to forecast the upcoming trends that will shape home design for the coming months. From the “color of the year,” expected to adorn every stylish home’s walls and furnishings, or a specific materials trend, like flooring or cabinetry, you’ll see all sorts of predictions that may, or may not, stand the test of time. When it comes to interior design, however, we understand that every project is different and doesn’t need to rely on annual trends in order to feel current and comfortable, long after the yearly fads have gone out of style. Instead, our award-winning interior designers approach each project knowing our client’s personal preferences, lifestyle and aesthetic, in order to create spaces that are decidedly timeless, and uniquely perfect.
From the beginning of every design project, we ask questions to understand how our clients will utilize their spaces. We identify what their day-to-day looks like and determine how their personal style can be incorporated into their home. From here, we have go-to techniques that we recommend to clients who are looking for a timeless look, no matter how much trends may change. Read on for some of our favorite tips for creating spaces that reflect stylish sensibilities for years to come.
Start with Neutrals
Choosing neutrals such as whites, ivory or beige in fixed finishes and larger furnishings creates a blank canvas to add and exchange pops of color through accessories as seasons and tastes change. Textures and textiles, like wood, linens or velvet, in neutral colors also play an important role in creating a warm, welcoming, and well-designed space. Neutrals are classic and work in any style of home from modern to transitional to traditional and beyond, making it a very popular theme for many of our projects.
Incorporate Earthy Textures
Natural, earthy materials make any room inviting and comforting, especially here in the mountains. A space can really come to life by using elements like wood, stone, greenery, and other textures inspired by the outdoors. Whether you incorporate a stone countertop into your finish selections, a set of leather chairs in your furnishings, or top off your décor with a clay sculpture or succulent, consider a few natural elements to add interest to your space.
Customize Your Upholstered Furniture
When it comes to upholstered furniture, it is important to choose a high-quality, long-lasting, and comfortable piece. Investing in upholstered furnishings makes it completely customizable, allowing you to choose performance fabrics that will last for years to come. In addition to looking great, these durable options are especially beneficial for families with kids or pets. Alternatively, upholstered furniture allows you to pick a bold fabric that can always be reupholstered and replaced as tastes and lifestyles evolve.
Another way to achieve timeless design in any style home is to incorporate a unique antique item, whether designing a room around one of your own treasured heirlooms or seeking out a piece that will work perfectly with your style. When it comes to antiques, we can help you find a great deal on high-quality furnishings to provide a one-of-a-kind statement piece in your home. We also love that when shopping antiques, we support small businesses and practice sustainability by reusing and repurposing.
Lighting is Key
We think it’s safe to say that lighting is one of the most important aspects of your home design and we’re here to help guide you in creating ambiance to reflect your style and how to utilize it best in your space. Architectural lighting, such as canned lighting, is key to showcase your furnishings while setting the overall mood. Decorative lighting can bring out more of the space’s style and aesthetic. We also love to flush fixed finishes with light, such as accent lighting in built-in cabinetry, to warm the space and make it more functional.
Consider Metal Accents
We love adding decorative contrast to any space by incorporating metal accents. Different types of metal work in a range of décor styles – modern, industrial or traditional – and can make a space feel more feminine or masculine, depending on the chosen aesthetic.
Trying to balance your personal style with current styles while future-proofing your home can feel like an overwhelming feat. Our team’s experience and expertise make the process seamless and fun! We work with you to help you make choices that you will love now and down the road.