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When it comes to redecorating your home, your goal is to make your house look as stylish and welcoming as possible, right? Wrong. You could create exactly that type of decor, but if that’s the only thing you’re concerned with, then you might make a fundamental error: having a home that looks good now, but which won’t look good in five year’s time. When it comes to home decor, the aim should be to have one eye on the here and now, and one eye on the future. Below, we take a look at ten tips that’ll ensure your home is one that stands the test of time.
Look to the Past
Before you can be truly committed to designing your home with all time (rather than just the here and now) on your mind, it’ll be a good to take a look at some of the designs of yesteryear. For example, if you look at homes that were outfitted with the tastes of the 70’s in mind, you’ll see that they would look terribly dated if they were around today; indeed, they would like have seemed dated even in the early 1980’s! While there are plenty of trends happening in home decor, not all will stand the test of time, so choose wisely.
Simple Color Choices
If you were an artist, you could create a home that was full of whacky colors and interesting turns; it would be your legacy. However, if you’re not an artist, it’s best to keep things simple. Keep to the classic colors, the dark greys and whites, as they’re much more likely to hold their appeal over the years. Of course, you don’t have to keep things boring, necessarily; bright white, orange, and navy will go together well and give your home a bit of personality, too.
Nothing Over the Top
Subtlety is the key when it comes creating a home that looks now and in the future. Many people incorrectly believe that to make a statement with their home, then they need do something that really stands out: again, this is not the case. Statements come from everything being in its right place, not shocking people into noticing. If you take that approach, the only people will say in ten years is that it’s not in keeping with current tastes. The one modern exception to this rule, perhaps, is minimalism, which has plenty of classic features; and also has the virtue of being easily changed should it grow out of fashion.
Given just how effective it is in homes, art is oddly missing from most discussions about home decor. There’s definitely something to be said for investing in one piece of quality art for your main living area, if only because great art will be just as good in one hundred years as it is today. It’ll also function as the centerpiece of the room, which will help bring all the pieces together; and hide anything unsightly.
Easily Maintained Features
Sometimes, it’s not just about the item itself: it’s about how well it keeps over the years. For example, you could invest in a top-quality carpet for your home, but this would be liable to get a lot of scuffs and marks. In just a few years, you might be walking on a once beautiful carpet that is now a poor imitation of its former self. Instead, consider having hardwood flooring installed. It’s timeless, to begin with, but is also much easier to keep in top condition.
Some homeowners get so bogged down with how their home looks, they forget that, hey, people actually need to be able to live here! When you’re putting together your home, keep its functionality at the forefront of your mind. A home won’t stand the test of time if it doesn’t have all the comforts expected from a property.
If you’re in doubt about what’s going to work best in your home, remember that there has been space for natural features in the past and there will be in the future. Having plenty of plants and natural wood present on your property will give it that “timeless” quality. Plus, there are plenty of other benefits of loading your home up with plants and wood additions, too!
Mixing The Old With the New
Of course, you shouldn’t just look to the past to determine what a timeless home comprises of. Just as you shouldn’t look exclusively to the future, neither should you try to make your home look like it could belong in 1900. The key is to mix the old and the new, the vintage and contemporary, ideally in an equal balance. Doing so will check your inclination for going the whole hog in either direction. If you have to lean one way, make it the future; as long as you’re incorporating old features in there, it’ll retain its longevity virtues.
Entering the Home
Like art, the entrance way to the home is another aspect of the house that is often overlooked. But why? This is what everyone who enters your home sees – they don’t even need to enter, in the case of the front door. Indeed, the front door is one of those things where you have a little bit more leeway than elsewhere; it’s a chance to put your personal stamp on your property. People must have had great taste in front doors in the past, because nothing is stopping you from choosing green, blue, yellow, or any other color of the rainbow, for that matter.
There’s nothing more timeless than light, especially natural light! If possible, try to get as much natural light into your main living spaces as possible. If it’s not possible, then select traditional lighting; it’s a great way to offset any modern features you have in your home.
If you’re going to spend a lot of time making your home look awesome, make sure it looks awesome for as long as possible. With the tips above, you can do just that.