5 Timeless Home Decorating and Furnishing Tips

It takes some time and a bit of trial and error for most homeowners to develop a personal sense of style where décor is concerned. In the meantime, however, you could end up with a mishmash of mismatched furniture and décor. And this can make for major expense as you slowly swap out pieces and update your décor. That said, starting with pieces that have timeless appeal can mean that all you need are cosmetic changes (new upholstery or accessories, for example) to completely transform the look of your home. Here are a few tips to help you create a timeless style.

  1. Try not to overdo it. Some styles practically beg for clutter. Victorian sensibilities, for example, lent themselves to overstuffed furniture and curio cabinets full of knickknack collections. But generally speaking, a timeless interior decorating style will tend to be a little sparer. This doesn’t necessarily mean you have to go to the other extreme with postmodern minimalism in interior design. Instead, shoot for a balance that is somewhere in the middle. Your spaces should look clean and open while still offering the comfort and personality that make them warm and inviting.
  2. Match home and furniture styles. Your architecture can definitely inform the style of furniture you select. For example, adding Rococo furnishings and décor to a midcentury modern home would probably look pretty bizarre. This isn’t to say that you can’t mix and match styles to an extent, but your goal should be to make sure that the pieces you select follow some kind of cohesive theme and that they complement each other, regardless of their specific design style.
  3. Size furniture correctly. Timeless décor relies on finding furniture and accessories that not only fit the style of your home, but also the size. An overstuffed, sectional sofa might look great in the showroom, and you can probably envision hosting your football friends with room to spare. But if it’s too big for your living room or den, it’s going to make the space feel cramped and uncomfortable. If you want your furniture to feel like it was custom made for your home, make sure to take precise measurements. And think about using interior decorating apps like Home Design 3D or Magic Plan that can help you to create and fill in floor plans before you buy furniture.
  4. Start with neutrals. Color trends change seasonally and they tend to go out of fashion within just a few years. So it’s easy to peg pieces from a certain era based solely on their color. For example, you could probably guess that avocado upholstery hails from the ’70s while peachy pastels are more likely a product of ’80s design. If you don’t want your timeless furnishing to get dated, opt for neutrals as a base for couches and chairs, then add pops of trendy color through throw pillows, blankets, or slipcovers that can be updated periodically at little expense.
  5. Clean lines = timeless designs. If you want home furnishing that will stand the test of time, you can’t go wrong with simple, streamlined pieces that are designed to go with a variety of decorating styles. When you start with basic pieces as the foundation for a room, you can add some spice and variety with colorful accessories and unique finds from flea markets, shops like Stash Home, or the artisans and antiques dealers on Etsy.

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