PROPERTY NEWS - Design trends come and go, but some turn into classics that shape the way we think about style and decor for years to come.
When you're decorating your home, bear in mind that it is best to be a little more traditional with major furniture items and rather incorporate modern trends with smaller items and/or textiles which you can easily change down the line.
By doing it this way, you will always feel that your home is "evolving", but at the same time, you're saving money by keeping the more expensive pieces in place.
Having open shelves allows you to showcase all your favourite pieces, from artwork to heirlooms to snapshots of your special moments. Items such as these are always going to be relevant to your home because they are meaningful to you, and that can never go out of style. In turn, the open shelves that are used as a display can never go out of style either.
Open shelves are not only about displaying special treasures, but they also allow you a lot of styling flexibility. Because it's only the shelves that are fixed to the walls, you can easily change the décor around it, without too much heavy lifting.
Tip: For more longevity, look for wooden or metal shelves with a simple, streamlined silhouette. They'll work with any kind of decor.
Wooden wall panelling
Wooden wall panelling is one of a kind. It has the ability to instantly make a room feel special, cosy and complete. It requires very little decor and this, in a way, speaks for itself. Wood has never really gone out of style and you can always give it a coat of polish or paint if you want to refresh the way it looks.
Tip: If you are considering wooden wall panelling, opt for knotty pine tongue and groove, beadboard, board and batten, shiplap and reclaimed wood.
You know the saying "less is more"? Nothing could be truer when considering the colour scheme for your home. There is something to be said for sticking to neutral tones and not getting wrapped up in the latest "it" colour. Neutral tones are timeless, and they work in almost every space, but if you go with bold and loud tones, it is not always sustainable in the long run.
When investing in large pieces of furniture, like your couch and chairs, it's best to have those in neutral tones. Try not to spend a lot of money on big pieces in non-neutral colours if your taste tends to change over time. Instead, opt for different colours and textures in interchangeable items such as couch throws, artwork, and ornaments.
Plants should be a staple in every home - you can never go wrong with a bit of greenery. Plants add life and character to a room and that will never change because as the plant grows, so does the "personality" of the room. Plants do not only serve as a decor item; they also improve the air you breathe, and they create a connection to nature which in turn provides your home with a sense of peace and harmony.
Clean and elegant lines are always in style, especially when it comes to larger pieces of furniture like your couch. Curvy, rounded couches may be the "in" thing now, but "boxy" shapes have always worked at any given time, because they are just graphically simple. Cue the tuxedo-style couch. Made famous by Billy Baldwin, these couches are a design staple because they are both classic and modern - giving you the best of both worlds.
Tip: If you want a more contemporary look, upholster the couch in a solid, neutral cover. But, if you are leaning towards a busier aesthetic, choose something with a small pattern.
The wonderful thing is that you can always reupholster a couch and if your couch is tuxedo-shaped, so much the better, because it is simple enough to take on the style of whatever fabric you choose to cover it in.
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