Have you ever moved into a house that’s been smothered in wood chip wallpaper?
As you spend hours and hours of hard labor scraping it off, you think to yourself “Why on earth did they use this wallpaper?”
Woodchip wallpaper was the in-thing in the 1960’s. But it quickly went out of fashion, and now we have to live with the consequences!
Are you doing the same thing with your decorating style?
Things that seem trendy at the time can quickly go out of date, leaving you with old-fashioned decor and more hard work in redecorating.
How can you create a timeless look? Keep reading for 7 tips for a classy home.
1. Colors Speak Louder Than Words
Color is number one for a reason. A classic timeless look requires colors that are neutral.
In contrast to bright garish colors, which may seem good at the time, neutral tones give a clean, fresh look and are the epitome of a timeless classy home.
Paint your walls in beige, cream, gray, and off-white. These light-toned colors will look great against the bright, crisp whites of ceilings, doorways and any architectural moldings.
Patterned wallpaper also looks great for a classy home, but be careful when choosing your design.
It’s not just your walls. Sofas, dining sets and other big pieces of furniture will quickly become dated if they are in a bright color or funky pattern.
When buying big ticket items, neutral tones with a simple design will still look fresh and current when this year’s trends have come and gone.
2. Timeless Furniture
For a classy home, your furniture needs to be traditional, but that doesn’t mean old-fashioned.
A mid-century looking sofa is a timeless statement piece. Any well constructed wooden furniture that is polished to perfection will add a touch of elegance to your home.
Some older furniture may look a bit worse for wear, but with a few DIY skills and a bit of imagination, you can restore them beautifully. Reupholster the cushions on the chairs, and don’t be afraid to paint the wood a different color.
Don’t overcrowd your rooms with too much furniture, or your house may end up looking like a cluttered museum. Less is always more!
And always make sure your furniture is comfortable. You don’t want to be stuck with a vintage, fancy looking sofa that you can’t even relax on!
3. Adventures With Accessories
As you’ve read, walls and furniture all need to be neutral, but when it comes to accessories you can be a bit more adventurous.
Classy curtains and scalloped valances can frame your windows beautifully. Pillows, throws, and rugs are essential to giving your home a cozy look. These accessories can all be changed easily too, depending on the season, or even your mood!
Avoid shiny metals or bright plastics. They won’t match with the elegant theme you’re going for. Stick with warm gold, coppers, and bronzes to add a touch of vintage sparkle.
Display one of your collections. For example, a well-planned gallery wall of vintage plates can create a unique focal point for the room.
But don’t overdo it. Keep knick-knacks and clutter packed away! Simplicity is key. A handful of well-chosen ornamental items is enough.
4. Add Some History
A classy home needs a bit of history incorporated. Unless you live in an old Victorian house, history can mainly be shown through furniture and accessories.
For example, a four-poster bed. The design was invented in the 15th century, yet it still remains fashionable today. If you want a statement piece, this is it!
Windsor chairs around an antique farmhouse table will also add a bit of British history to your dining room. Paintings, rugs and wall hangings are also a stylish way to incorporate a traditional tone to your classy home.
5. Mix It Up
A classy home doesn’t need to just be full of antiques, you can incorporate some modern features.
For example, a lick of paint can give a completely fresh look to a worn out piece of furniture. Or reupholster out of date patterned material for something new. For example, an old regency chair reupholstered in a modern pattern can create a cool focal point to the room.
If you’re adventurous why not add a real contrast. For example, a piece of modern art will create a pop of color in an otherwise neutral room. A modern light fixture can also make a powerful statement in a rustic looking room.
A few well-chosen items can look great, but be cautious, you don’t want a mish-mash of random styles.
6. Look Up!
Don’t forget to look up! Your ceilings can add that extra bit of elegance to your home.
Different kinds of architectural moldings can look really classy. For example, a paneled ceiling, or a ceiling with antique trim all painted in a crisp, bright, white color can really finish off your room.
And don’t forget the light fixtures. For example, a chandelier always looks amazing hung over a four-poster bed, or in a grand hallway.
7. Keep Furnishings Looking There Best
Timeless classy decor can be ruined by unkempt areas and shoddy furniture. Make sure to keep everything looking its best by caring for your home and keeping it neat as a pin.
That means no dust bunnies, no stains, no faded furniture and no peeling paint!
But as we’ve mentioned before, just because a piece of furniture is looking worn out doesn’t mean you have to throw it away. Repaint and reupholster, and your furniture will look good for years to come.
A Classy Home
As you can see, a classy, timeless, stylish home can be created, with just a bit of imagination.
Remember, its all about balance, and function. Be balanced in the furniture and accessories you choose. Ask yourself is it comfortable? Is it practical? Will it still look good in a few years?
If you follow our 7 tips, you’ll create a timeless look that will endure through the fads and trends!
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