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Timeless Design: How to Design for the Long-Term

What is it about certain design elements that make them stand the test of time? Why do certain trends come in strong and leave just as hard?

The truth of the matter is design can be just as fickle as our emotions. One second, we may burn hot-headed while the next we may be cool, calm, and ready to sink into a couch with a cup of tea (or matcha or latte).

When the time comes for you to design your new space – how do you know if your interests today will still be what you want to immerse yourself in over the next five, 10 or 15 years?

Is there a secret to ensure your design choices are truly timeless?

The short answer: you bet. 

Creating a Timeless Design for Your Home

As interior designers, we admit we are usually first in line to soak up the latest trends. From wainscotting and cement tile to industrial elements and modern coastal details – we can fall deep in love with all of it. And we do. 

But what’s the secret to not falling victim to “over the top” design that can get old, fast?

Neutral. 

If you’re scratching your head, thinking “but, didn’t you just say bold, rich colors in another post?” Yes. Of course, we did. Gotta love bold palettes. But! And it’s a big “but” (yes, yes, we’re singing Sir Mix-a-Lot too). Keeping your background palette neutral will always be the key to longevity in design. 

That’s not to say you can’t incorporate bold colors and theming if you want to design for the long-term. It’s to say, create a neutral palette and layer bold themes, colors, and choices on top. This is key to longevity in design. 

For example, if your living room has a neutral foundation – you can add bold pops of color throughout with throw pillows or you could paint your brick fireplace a bright yellow. Consider using prints in your curtains or installing a patterned tile flooring. 

The world is your oyster. Design is your playground. 

At the end of the day, the guiding criteria should be your taste, and you should do what you like by all means. The one and only thing at home that is genuinely timeless, and which should be your ultimate goal, is comfort!

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