August 1, 2022
Learn the difference between trends and timelessness when it comes to remodeling your home
Take a look at bathroom trends from the 1960s – everything was monochrome blue or pink from the tile to the tub to the fluffy toilet seat cover. The living room trend of the seventies with the paneling and brown everything. And let’s not forget when all the kitchens were yellow… even the appliances…
These trends wouldn’t hold up today. Nobody wants to move into a house built in the 80s that looks like it just stayed in that decade.
So what makes something timeless?
Trendy vs. Timeless
Trends come and go, though some have more staying power than others, lasting decades versus a couple of years. While it’s easy to replace furniture and paint that are trending, it’s not so easy (or cheap) to replace more architectural elements.
Interiors that are timeless frequently defy fads and emphasize a simple yet elegant design.
The geometry, material selection, historical context, and relationship to the surrounding landscape all contribute to the strong sense of place that characterizes a home with a timeless design. In a classical-style home, you’ll notice subtle moldings, cornices, and window outlines. There is symmetrical play and a sense of equilibrium in a timeless, classic space. Usually, the countertops, tile, and flooring are fairly neutral and fixtures and fittings tend to be streamlined.
Once upon a time, arched doorways and windows were quite popular. These days, some people love them while others despise them because of the cost associated with custom doors and windows they have to have specially designed for their shape.
A classic home design guarantees that both the current and future owners will continue to value the property. It implies that it will continue to be aesthetically pleasing, practical, sensitive to its environment, and attractive for many years to come. This is especially important if you decide to sell your home down the road.
In the meantime, you can really put your personality into your home by following the trends in home decor.
We have seen a trend or two over the last several years. Here’s what we’ve noticed:
Grey color palettes – It’s a take on the classic white, which many have found to be boring, especially when it comes to wall paint. Grey is nice and neutral and you can complement it just like you would white.
You can rarely go wrong with hardwood (or faux wood) flooring. Wood floors go with everything. Just be sure that it doesn’t clash with your wood cabinetry or other wooden accents.
As far as cabinets go, traditional Shaker-style and more contemporary flat-fronted cabinetry have both been dependable over time. The hardware is easy to change out for an updated look. Lately, painting them has been the trend, but remember, the color you choose may be undesirable in a few years. And painting cabinets is no easy feat.
Remodeling Your Home to be Timeless
These are just a few things you need to consider when remodeling your home. Ultimately, it’s your choice to go with the current trend or stick to a more traditional design. Talk to a design expert at Southern Home Remodeling about what’s trending and if it has staying power before remodeling your home.