Mixing trendy and timeless styles
Keeping up with design trends can be great fun. But getting too wrapped up in the newest looks can sometimes leave your home looking dated after the trends have changed. Certain elements like colors, materials and fixtures have a tendency to go in and out of fashion very quickly. So, it’s important to strike a balance between new styles and classic ones.
To create a really dynamic look in your home, visualize the space in layers. The first layer is made of the building blocks of the room, and includes elements like flooring or cabinetry. Consider these items “permanent” because they require effort to replace. Keep in mind that simplicity tends to stand the test of time so you will want to select neutral styles for these permanent pieces because they have to last.
Each layer after the first will include items that are less permanent, and therefore more replaceable. It’s in the top layers where you can have fun, get creative and express your personal style. Then you can periodically replace aspects of your home without having to spend a lot of time or money renovating. If done correctly, this design strategy will result in an enduring look that doesn’t require you to sacrifice your individual design tastes.
When it comes to implementing trends in your home, try to remember that less is more. It’s hard to know what trends will stick around and what will fade. As a general rule, it’s best to avoid using too much of a certain trend in one room. Instead, make your decorating choices pop by using trends sparingly.
Colors especially seem to come in and out of style quickly, which makes it a little difficult to select a timeless look that features a lot of color. Try to choose a color scheme that features a fewer number of colors. I suggest using neutral hues such as browns, grays, beiges and whites for the major features of the room (walls, furniture, floors, etc.), and then accenting the room with small, colorful decorations. Colorful accessories such as rugs, pillows and curtains can really change the entire feel of a room. And best of all, they can be easily switched out if trends change or you simply want to try a new look.
David Decker is president of The Affordable Companies, which provide affordable luxury in kitchens, bathrooms and flooring. They are based in Carmel (575-9540, www.the-affordablecompanies.com). Email home improvement questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.