Personality is a powerful force that even homes can have. But some personalities and imprints are long-lasting, while others rise and fall with the trends.
Sometimes we mistake bright colors and trendy designs for personality, but those things pass as new color schemes come to prominence and new designs are created. To achieve timeless interior decorations, your home should have a personality that resonates with your own. You can take a design quiz to find out your home decor style.
Once you’ve figured out your design personality or what style most resonates with you, then it’s time to research sources of home design inspiration. To help with that, here are some styles that are as tasteful as they are timeless.
For the traditionalist
The classic and traditional styles are often interchanged, but they have very similar, if not the same, elements. The traditional home is rooted in 18th and 19th-century European decor and is characterized by antique elegance, intricate designs, and a warm and calm ambiance that boasts balance, order, and uniformity.
Rich, middle to dark tones is the norm. Materials like dark wood, leather, silk, velvet, cotton, and traditional metals like brass and silver are used for furniture and ornaments. This style also features sofas, cabinets, vases, antiques, and classic art. Anything modern, abstract, or composite has no place in a traditional home.
All these elements come together to create a rich balance of history, symmetry, and timelessness.
For the minimalist
Simplicity is the watchword for the minimalist. Neutral color palettes, straight lines, and essentialist designs are the order of the day. But don’t think that just because this style doesn’t boast rich colours and superfluous designs, that it’s bland or unwelcoming.
On the contrary, the minimalist style is one that is neat and welcoming, breathing sophistication with silent visual displays featuring colors that are only a few shades apart. Common colors are various shades of white and black and a mid-toned brown for woodworks.
Eye-popping colors and intricate antiques have no place in this setup as necessity is an important factor in minimizing. Every piece of furniture should have a place and a purpose as the entire design is built around and works to highlight the architectural elements of the house.
For the modernist
Words that describe the modern style are sleek, futuristic, and in the case of ultra-modernization, abstract. This style leaves room for abstract designs and furniture, composite materials, contrast colors, and symmetrical or asymmetrical patterns.
Materials used for this style may include wood, aluminum, marble, glass, etc. Furniture and architecture style employs basic shapes and straight edges with geometrically patterned rugs, flat roofs, and mezzanine floors. You should cut down on ornaments and unnecessary furniture to highlight spaciousness.
For the contemporist
The contemporary design isn’t one that has a specific style like some others and it is often confused or interchanged with modern designs. This design is not fully modern, although it does combine modern features and elements with current trends.
This is a design that takes current trends and styles into consideration, and that is what gives it a timeless appeal. This design is characterized by open spaces, lots of natural light, artistic pieces and the use of composite materials.
The modern farmhouse
This style is for those who love practicality and nature. It is most appropriate for houses that interact with nature i.e. houses around farms or in the mountains. This features wood and marble countertops, farmhouse sinks, amish furniture, natural textiles and (again) lots of wood.
This style is similar to country and rustic styles as it makes use of natural materials. Color schemes and palettes used are usually brown or white featuring earth materials. So no glass, aluminum, chrome, and the like.