No one wants to remodel their home, only to have their new look go out of style a year or two later. Timeless home design ensures that doesn't happen.
How Do You Get the Timeless Look?
Timeless interior design is the secret to a home that will never go out of style. And, with the right materials and mindset, it's easier to achieve than you may think. These ideas from the design team at Corvallis Custom Kitchens and Baths show you how!
1. Function Over Fashion
It's easy to get caught up in aesthetics. After all, that's the part of remodeling that's the most fun! But a timeless home is about abandoning typical trends for something sustainable. If you want a home that lasts for years, you need to think about functionality first. Your main priority should be creating a home that meets your family's needs now and 10 or 20 years down the line. That could mean multiple bathrooms, loads of extra storage, easily cleaned counters and floors (for messy kids), or a custom mudroom with individual coat hooks and shoe storage for everyone. If you plan to grow old in your home, it's also a good idea to prioritize universal design principles, which make a home accessible and safer for an older person or someone using a wheelchair.
To make sure your mindset is function-forward, conduct a brief inventory of the features your home needs to have. Prioritize these above all else in the design.
2. Marble Features
Marble automatically equals a classic look. Really, any type of stone can be timeless — quartz, sandstone, alabaster — but marble stands above the rest as the most timeless, most beautiful type of stone to include in your home remodel. Marble is beloved because it has a neutral background that helps it blend in, yet gray or black veins running through the rock leave a striking visual impact. It is also very durable and easy to clean and maintain.
See the elegance marble can bring to your space by viewing this bathroom remodel with a marble accent wall.
3. Neutral Colors
Neutrals are universal. They go with just about any other color or look, and they tend to be in style pretty much always. Plus, neutrals don't elicit a strong reaction like all-black walls or bright jewel tones would, which makes them appealing to everyone. So, if you're planning to sell your home in the future, keep things neutral, neutral, and neutral — your real estate agent and future homeowners will thank you!
Choose from whites, creams, grays, and tans to find the neutral that best suits your style. If you want a little more pizazz than neutrals allow, consider using extremely light hues of blue, green, or other colors; they give the impression of a neutral background while still bringing a touch of color and personality to your space.
4. Hardwood Floors
In a flooring remodel, you have to choose a material that's not only beautiful to look at but also durable. Hardwood is the best of both worlds. With a subtle grainy texture and evergreen appeal, hardwood has been a staple in homes for centuries and will continue to be. Aim for a hardwood that allows you to refinish and buff out scratches that inevitably accumulate over time; that way, you can keep your floors looking fresh for years!
You have lots of options for the color and type of hardwood you choose. Generally, the hardwood floor colors that never go out of style have a slightly warm, mid-tone finish. If mid-tones are too traditional for you, you can opt for a lighter or dark finish but don't go for anything too extreme. The more noticeable the color is, the more likely it is to go out of vogue.
5. Natural Light
The importance of lighting is often overlooked. The quality of light in your space largely determines the mood your home gives off. Lots of light will make it feel bright, cheery, and energetic. Meanwhile, if it lacks light, your home might feel closed-off like a dark cave — yikes! Ask your remodeler to add extra windows where appropriate, with a particular emphasis on rooms like the kitchen or living room, where you spend time being active. This timeless home improvement completely changes your space's energy and makes it easier to see.
Check out this kitchen remodel to see how neutral walls mixed with warm hardwood and extra natural light can totally transform a space!
6. Transitional Style
Basing your entire home around one aesthetic ensures that your look will go out of style one day. That's why we recommend following the transitional style. A mix of modern and traditional elements, you can't quite pin transitional interior design down. It's feminine and masculine, vintage and cutting edge.
Create a mix for your home by identifying some of your favorite aesthetics. Whether you lean towards bohemian, rustic, minimal, or mid-century modern, combine them to achieve a look for your home that's totally your own!
Timeless Design in Action
Curious about how our designers put these timeless home tenents into action? See for yourself by visiting our project gallery. And if you're ready to start your timeless remodel, contact our team today. Timelessness is our specialty!