5 Tips To Creating A Timeless Design For Your Living Space

Everyone loves redecorating, but when you follow the trends too closely, you run the risk of spending time, energy, and, more importantly, money, on looks you’re likely to get sick of in just a few months or a year. Creating a timeless, classic look is a great way to give your home an air of sophistication. It’s also great for adding a timeless quality to your home. If you’re looking to upgrade your decor into something stylish and functional that you can love for years to come, try some of these timeless tips to get the right look for your living space.

From guest columnist Simon Bennett

1. Use Neutral Tones

A truly timeless style is all about subtlety. Neutral paint jobs are always timeless, and avoid making the room look dated in a year or so. Taupe, off white, and grey are timeless classics that keep your room looking clean, bright, and fresh, no matter the style you’re going for! Using a nice, bright white or off-white also gives you a minimalist feel, and helps the room feel less cluttered and closed in. An off-white or taupe will stop the room looking too modern, while still giving you that timeless feel.

2. Mix Up Old and New Styles

A great way to create a timeless and classic look that is unique and still speaks to you and your personal style is to mix up the old and the new. Take a look around some antique shops for some great inspiration in classic design. Refurbishing old design pieces is another great option, like turning an old mirror into a picture frame, or an old door into a coffee table. Restaining and repainting is a lot cheaper than continually updating your furniture styles. And classics like leather furniture never go out of style, and come in a wide variety of modern designs

3. Keep Color In Your Accents

So you know to stick to neutral, natural tones for a timeless look that will never go out of style. But that doesn’t mean you can’t embrace fun colors and patterns that are completely on trend. The trick? It’s all about the accents. Don’t spend the money upholstering your couch in this year’s must-have color. Instead, get some throw pillows that are easy to swap out when you move on to next year’s trends. Don’t go with an accent wall in that ultra-bold print everyone is talking about. Instead, find a great set of floor-length curtains that give you the same effect. For a quick update on shelves and end tables? Swap out handles and fixtures. Show off your personality in the smaller ways throughout your home, and avoid blowing money on big-ticket items you won’t use past a season.

4. Spend On Your Big Items

Related to that, be sure to spend your decorating budget on lasting, timeless pieces. Think about how you use your space to decide which items are the star of the room. In an open-plan living space, you’ll want to spend your money on a great table set, something neutral and lasting, as well as a cozy couch set. We’ve already talked about the value of leather furniture. It’s easy to clean and repair, it’s functional, and has a timeless design look in styles and color to suit any budget and taste. A good shelving unit to function as a room divider and keep your home clutter free is an option, or you can go for a built-in, which will add resale value to your home, and keep everything in its place.

5. Choose Pieces You Really Love

Just because you’re going for a more timeless and classic appeal, doesn’t mean it has to be boring. Look for statement pieces that might not be exactly on-trend, but absolutely speak to your personal style. A big, bold area rug in a pattern or color you know will get plenty of play in your home can really pull a room together. Mirrors help make the room look bigger and brighter, by bouncing light around. The right statement frame can add a classic design touch, and so can the right lighting. Check out your local flea market or antique shops for a chandelier that suits your taste, while still providing a classic design element.

Hitting the right balance in your home décor is no easy task. You want something unique, that speaks to you and your family. You want to stay on trend with color and detail. But who can afford to update their home décor every season? Even once a year might be pushing it for some budgets. Sticking with the classics is a great way to keep your home looking tasteful and stylish. And it doesn’t have to mean keeping things bland and boring. If you follow these tips, your home will have a beautiful, classic design that is as versatile as it is stylish!

4 Household Items You Shouldn’t Skimp-Out On

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From guest columnist Kaelin Waters kaelinwaters@gmail.com

When it comes to furnishing your home, it can be easy to over-spend or tempting to cut corners to save cash. American’s spend an average of $15,215 on furnishing a three-bedroom home. While it’s fine to try and reduce the cost of creating a comfortable home, there are certain household items you shouldn’t skimp on.

Sofas and Couches

Disposable furniture is bad for the environment and your budget in the long run. Great looking couches at low prices can be enticing, but they are rarely as comfortable as they look. Similarly, second-hand couches can have broken supports, stains and even bed bugs. Ensure you have a comfortable place to relax that won’t hurt your back after a long day at work and invest in a quality couch.

Mattresses

A quality mattress is key to creating the haven of relaxation and comfort that should be your bedroom. While the bedframe can wait, you’ll need a mattress right away and a good one if you care about your health and mental wellbeing.

Quality sleep is integral to your physical and mental health. A poor-quality, cheap mattress won’t give you the rest you need to make the most of your day and enjoy your time off at home. Choosing the right mattress should include consideration of more than just price. A quality mattress should support you while you sleep – relieving pressure on muscles and joints, promoting airflow to keep you cool while you slumber and allow you to move freely without disturbing your partner.

In the Kitchen

How we prepare our food is almost as important as what we choose to eat. Pitted, burnt or flaking non-stick applications to pots and pans are bad for your health. Aluminium, nickel coated and copper cook wear have been associated with a number of health risks resulting from the metal compounds dissolving into food when used for cooking. Worn, pitted and scratched posts and pans are the worst culprits and should be replaced with high quality pans – you’ll have fewer cooking disasters and safeguard your health.

Knives are also worth spending a little more on. Low quality knives are more prone to damage as they often lack the tang that attaches to the handle and have thinner blades that can break when trying to cut through harder foods like pumpkins. Quality knives remain sharper for longer and are far less dangerous when it comes to working it the kitchen.

Keeping Things Clean

The cost of household appliances can vary wildly, and while price sometimes makes minimal difference to quality, there are certain appliances that you’ll be pleased you spent a little more on.

Vacuum cleaners don’t only keep our carpets and floors clean, they also have the ability to affect air quality in our homes, trapping allergens and microbes and stopping them from being released into the air indoors. It’s worth spending a little more on a quality vacuum cleaner to be sure it can do this job properly.

Spending a little more on the dishwasher is likely to get you one that does its job reliably well and even gives you more space to stack dishes after a family meal. What’s more, the higher priced dishwashers are also quieter.

A Designer’s Top 10 Tips for Increasing Home Value


These suggestions for decorating, remodeling and adding storage will help your home stand out on the market

Unless my clients are designing their forever home, they are usually quite concerned with resale value when discussing renovations big and small. A home is often a person’s largest asset, so design upgrades are not only an aesthetic decision but a financial one as well. As my clients have sold their homes over the years, I have found that these 10 design tips have been the most beneficial in helping their houses stand out from the pack.

Is Smart Lighting a Smart Choice for You?

A professional offers advice on the latest in smart lighting for your home

Smart lighting promises a new and improved way to light your home. Research has shown that smart lights can improve your sleep, boost your mood and even help you heal faster. But how well do these lighting systems actually work? And which ones are best for you? 

There are four basic types of smart lighting: smart switches, smart bulbs, assisted systems and integrated systems. Read on to discover the pros and cons of each type of smart lighting and how they might be used to make your life at home easier.

How to Map Out Your Kitchen Remodel’s Scope of Work

Help prevent budget overruns by determining the extent of your project, and find pros to help you get the job done

When you’re planning a kitchen remodel, an important early step is to determine your project’s scope of work. Find out what scope of work is and how you can decide what yours will be. Then find the right pros for your project.

Design Through the Decades: 1930 to 1940

A monument to Art Deco sails into history, Fallingwater rises, and poise lamps and butterfly chairs take wing

This series looks back at iconic designs from each decade, starting in 1900. This installment covers transportation’s influence on 1930s styles, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater, and ’30s design objects still popular today.

If the story of a style icon could symbolize the arc of a decade, perhaps that’s what the SS Normandie’s does for the 1930s. The ocean liner embodied the can-do spirit of naval architect Vladimir Yourkevitch, who spent almost 20 years trying to convince people in Russia and France of his design’s superiority. It also exemplified the optimism of the French government, which subsidized its construction despite the U.S. stock market crash of 1929 and the looming worldwide Depression. The Normandie was innovative, big and fast, setting a speed record on its maiden voyage from France to New York in 1935. And until its tragic end, it was dazzling.

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8 Ways to Jazz Up a Neutral Kitchen

See these creative ideas for giving a white, gray or otherwise neutral kitchen more personality

Many of us love a kitchen with a neutral palette — especially if it features cabinets that are white, wood or gray, according to Houzz research. Neutrals are also popular for kitchen countertops and backsplashes, as well as kitchen walls.

But if you find an all-neutral kitchen a bit too plain — or you’ve been living with one for a while and want to spruce it up — there are plenty of ways to add personality to the heart of your home. These eight ideas may get the creative juices flowing. Which one would you like to see in your kitchen?

To-Dos: Your April Home Checklist

Kick spring cleaning into high gear, and troubleshoot cooling and irrigation systems for the warmer months ahead

With lengthening days and milder temperatures in many parts of the country, April is a wonderful time to freshen up the home inside and out. To get sparkling windows, a clutter-free garage and more, here are 16 tasks to make the most of the first full month of spring.