Column: The art of choosing a timeless style

Select neutral styles for permanent pieces in your home. (Submitted photo)

Select neutral styles for permanent pieces in your home.
(Submitted photo)

Keeping up with design trends can be great fun. But getting too wrapped up in the newest looks can sometimes leave your home looking dated after the trends have changed.

To create a really dynamic look in your home, try and visualize the space in terms of layers. The first layer is made up of the building blocks of the room, and includes elements like flooring or cabinetry. Consider items in the first layer “permanent” because they require a good deal of effort to replace. Keep in mind that simplicity tends to stand the test of time. For this reason, you will want to select neutral styles for these permanent pieces because you know they will have to last.

Each layer after the first will include items that are less permanent, and therefore more replaceable. Dress up your neutral hardwood floor design with a patterned area rug. Or bring color into the room by hanging wall art. It’s in the top layers where you can have fun, great creative and express your personal style.

When it comes to implementing trends in your home, try to remember that less is more.

Colors especially seem to come in and out of style quickly, which makes it a little difficult to select a timeless look that features a lot of color. First of all, try to choose a color scheme that features a fewer number of colors. I suggest using neutral hues such as grays, beiges and whites for the major features of the room (walls, furniture, floors, etc.), and then accenting the room with small, colorful decorations.

It’s always exciting to try new things and try out new trends in your home. The key to choosing timeless style is not going overboard with placing trends in every room of your house.


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