5 time­less TIPS

In­te­rior de­sign trends can be hard to keep up with, but they don’t have to be. Th­ese five dec­o­rat­ing tips tran­scend time:

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1

Al­ways go au nat­u­ral: Take a mo­ment to con­sider what el­e­ments date a home.

Floors are tacky lam­i­nate, couches are cov­ered in plas­tic and coun­ters are solid sur­faces. In short, ev­ery­thing was man­made, points out In­te­rior De­sign Info. A home that can stand the test of time will be made of much more or­ganic ma­te­rial. You can never go wrong with a nice hard­wood floor. Though, you don’t have to avoid car­pet­ing al­to­gether, but do con­sider choos­ing an area rug as op­posed to wall-to-wall, as this will al­low you to be more flex­i­ble with pat­terns over time.

When it comes to your up­hol­stery, in­stead of cov­er­ing with plas­tic like your grand­par­ents’ gen­er­a­tion would have back in the day, just pick a more durable fab­ric. Leather is one such ma­te­rial that is in­cred­i­bly strong, stand­ing the test of time and it comes in sev­eral dif­fer­ent shades so you can find the right one for your home. Re­place solid sur­face coun­ters with a nat­u­ral op­tion such as gran­ite or mar­ble — th­ese ma­te­ri­als are also much less ab­sorbent, so a stain won’t ruin the fin­ish.

Go au nat­u­ral with gran­ite coun­ters tops.

2

Pick a muted pal­ette: Again, think back to grandma’s kitchen, what colour is it? Per­haps they fea­ture past trendy colours like gua­camole green counter tops, pu­trid pink tiling or le­mon candy yel­low linoleum.

Bold shades like th­ese are great, but only in mod­er­a­tion. Keep your pal­ette sim­ple. Re­stric­tions al­low you to ac­ces­sorise the rest of your home with any colour pal­ette you want so it won’t be ter­ri­bly monochro­matic. Re­sene Anglaise is one such colour that will give your home a lit­tle bit of depth. Of course, you can al­ways opt for the ever-clas­sic white with Re­sene Quar­ter Al­abaster!

3 Avoid bold pat­terns in

big spa­ces: Neu­tral walls match ev­ery­thing. As­sum­ing you’ve fol­lowed tip two and selected a nice muted pal­ette, you can now fig­ure out how to work in bold pat­terns. Should you want to go for that ac­cent wall, you’ll be able to do so more easily sim­ply be­cause neu­tral walls match ev­ery­thing.

If you love big pat­terns, in­clud­ing the cur­rent trend of chevron, then you should avoid mak­ing it the back­splash tiling in your kitchen, but in­stead pur­chase mugs or dec­o­ra­tive plates.

You can also get your fur­ni­ture re­uphol­stered, or just use slip cov­ers. As long as the pat­tern is easily change­able then your home will be able to re­main time­less while also be­ing a lit­tle trendy too.

4 Take a quick his­tory

les­son: When it comes to trends, his­tory al­most al­ways re­peats it­self. Look to see which styling el­e­ments have re­mained key over the years.

Some of th­ese el­e­ments in­clude the fol­low­ing: hard­wood floors, white ac­ces­sories, ori­en­tal rugs. As you can see, many of th­ese have al­ready been in­cluded in the above tips, so if you’ve been fol­low­ing closely, you’re al­ready on the right track!

5 Don’t com­pletely ig­nore cur­rent

trends: The beauty of de­sign­ing your home to tran­scend time is that you can add in lit­tle ac­cent pieces as dec­o­rat­ing trends come and go.

Once you have a solid de­sign base, you can sprin­kle in el­e­ments with­out hav­ing to com­pletely re­model. This keeps your home feel­ing re­freshed for years to come, in­stead of look­ing rather tired 10 years down the road.

Now go forth and start dec­o­rat­ing! The fun has only just be­gun.

Easy-to-live-with-greens can be dressed up to suit the trends or teamed with neu­trals for a clas­sic look. This liv­ing area is fin­ished in Re­sene Span­ish White and R. Quar­ter Cararra.

Pho­tos / Juliet Ni­cholas

Greyed blues and greens are al­ways pop­u­lar re­gard­less of the trends. This bath­room is in Re­sene Her­mitage and R. Quar­ter Cararra. All three im­ages are projects David Wraight Cot­tages.

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