Stylists share their secrets for creating beautiful rooms
One of the key ways to create timeless interiors is to work with the space’s existing qualities, according to Lara Staunton of interior design studio Lahaus.
“Choose elements which interact and connect with the architectural qualities of the house,” Ms Staunton says.
“By using the existing qualities as your inspiration, you will create a space which is connected, the house will read as one, and a timeless style and aesthetic will be achieved.”
“One of the most important elements of keeping a room timeless is making sure it’s functional,” Andrea Pienaar of Siba Interiors says.
“Don’t scrimp on storage or functionality.”
Lighting is another key ingredient of rooms that work, according to interior designer Jennifer Turner, of Turner Interior Design — both natural light and your lighting scheme.
“Make the most of natural light where possible,” she says.
“This comes in when orientating the layout of the space.” For Ms Turner, natural materials — be it natural stone or timber veneers — are the best choice for designing timeless interiors.
“By eye, we adapt better to natural finishes over the manmade alternatives,” she says.
“Natural finishes remain timeless; they don’t always fall under ‘trends’ as they will always be around.”
“Pick two or three colours and tones that all match and use these in all your finishes,” Ms Pienaar says.
“Tying elements together with tone will help create a classic and elegant room.
“You can keep things on-trend with your soft furnishings and decor if you need to.”
Use smaller-scale items to add interest while keeping major elements classic.
“Tie together your classic elements with something more current like black pendants or taps to give it a more current feel,” Ms Pienaar says.
Lighting is key to successful interiors.