When designing a home, almost everyone has a Pinterest board dedicated to saving images that they want to use as inspiration for their home. Pinterest is a great resource for ideas, but sometimes those beautiful images can lead to designing homes that are trendy and will be outdated in a few years. Building a home is a HUGE investment and you should make sure that you are spending your money in the most effective way. In the end, the goal is to have a home that will change and grow as you change and grow.
1. Be true to you!
Take a look at your inspiration images and notice the similarities in them. Maybe they all have the same kitchen cabinet color, or the same flooring style. The items that occur most in those images are most likely the ones that you are drawn to the most. All of the images that you have saved may not even be the same design style, but they probably have some similarities. By choosing finishes that you are truly drawn to, you will create a home that you are more likely to still be in love with in 10 plus years.
2. Incorporate items that are known for withstanding the test of time
There are quite a few design features that never go out of style. For example, marble countertops, neutral colors, natural materials, and straight lines. Incorporating these elements into your home design will help ensure that your home will have a timeless feel.
3. Accent with trendy pieces
Trends are not inherently bad, but you should be picky with where you use them. You might be in love with a certain patterned tile, but it would be best to use this in a small half-bath rather than in your entire kitchen. It would be much easier to replace a small 5’x8’ floor than an entire kitchen, plus it would be much more cost effective in the initial build and the potential remodel. Maybe you want to incorporate your favorite bright teal into your home. Rather than buying a bright teal sofa that could cost thousands, use throw pillows to accent a neutral sofa or purchase an area rug that has that bright teal in the pattern. Be careful when following trends, they can often get very expensive and in the end, you will probably want to change them in a few years.
Designing a timeless home can seem like a very daunting task, but all of the points above really come down to a few things: be true to yourself, pick items and finishes that are flexible, and keep it simple for big ticket items. Follow these tips and your home is sure stand up to the test of time.