Are you suffering from design overload? From Pinterest to design blogs and yearly "hot lists," it can be exhausting and expensive to keep your home "on trend". Stick with these 6 tips to create the framework for a timeless look. And if you're the kind of person that gets bored easily - simply bring in your favorite seasonal items, throw pillows, table top decor, and other accents to keep things interesting.
1) Black & White – This smart contrast has worked throughout the years and continues to be a reliable combo as interior design changes. Black & White also offers homeowners a backdrop for adding in colors and textures to keep things looking fresh throughout the year.
2) Wood Flooring - It's hard to believe that at one time homeowners would cover up their wood floors with carpeting! Wood flooring is back in a big way and is not a trend that's going away anytime soon. It's durable, easy to clean, and doesn't have to be replaced every few years. Today, there are more and more alternatives for hardwood like vinyl and laminate, which can be good options if you're on a tight budget and looking for flooring options in high traffic areas, but at the end of the day, nothing looks and feels quite like real hardwood. For a great primer on all flooring types, check out Armstrong's Flooring Guide.
A few tips when picking out hardwood colors:
1) The color of your floor should not be identical to the color of your furniture or walls. Go with colors that contrast and complement each other.
2) Go lighter in smaller rooms or rooms with lower ceilings - darker shades will naturally make the room look smaller.
3) If you're going for a more modern look, darker shades and blacks are a great choice. If you're opting for a more traditional look -- check out natural unstained wood or shades of chestnut or walnut stains.
3) White & Neutral Paint - You don’t see HGTV hosts or designers complaining about white paint - where's the drama in that? Stick with the basics and your home will remain timeless. Whites in particular can be classic or contemporary and complement pretty much any style. There's a reason Benjamin Moore named "Simply White" their 2016 Color of the Year - it's so popular with designers and a go to color I personally recommend for a lot of clients.
4) Crown Molding - Crown molding has been used since the ancient times of Greeks and Romans. It oozes sophistication and elegance and gives a room dimension and character. Commonly used in more traditional homes, crown molding works just as well in a modern setting like this home by Bruce Norman Long Design.
5) Marble - One of the most popular stone materials you can use to decorate a kitchen or bathroom - it's sophisticated, classic and unique. There's three different varieties of Italian marble, which is considered by many to be the finest: Carrara is grey-white, with smaller fine, feathery veins that run in a linear pattern. Calacatta is more rare, a pure white with larger more dramatic veins. Statuario is an even more exclusive stone with distinct gray and gold veining throughout with a striking pattern.
6) Quality vs. Quantity Furnishings - It's important to prioritize your spending when designing your home. Simple always wins, and remember to invest in pieces that you will use the most to get the biggest bang for the buck. If your family loves to cook and enjoy meals together - maybe splurging on a fabulous dining set is most important to you. Or perhaps it's cozying up on a really great sofa.
When it comes to artwork - yes, there are many affordable options these days, but will you love those prints from West Elm in years to come? Or, does it make more sense to save up to purchase a piece from a local artist you absolutely love?