If you have been reading this blog long you know I am a huge fan of timeless collected interiors. The original version of this post was written in 2016. It remains one of my most popular posts. Much of the information and pictures were outdated so I thought it was time to update the post with new pictures and more extensive information. Let’s take a look at My Simple Roadmap for Achieving Timeless Collected Interiors.
MY SIMPLE ROADMAP FOR ACHIEVING TIMELESS COLLECTED INTERIORS
Most of us want a home that looks current and fresh but won’t look dated in three or four years. For those of us over 55, it might be our last house so we do want it to stand the test of time. At our age many of us have traveled and brought back accessories for our home. We have collected real art, and perhaps some antiques. We want to combine all of these elements cohesively without making our house look like a gallery or a museum. Timeless interior design is quietly understated, simple and sophisticated “just like us”. How do we go about making our homes functional and sensible yet stylish and fresh at any age?
KEEP THE DESIGN CONSISTENT THROUGHOUT THE HOUSE
Try to pick mostly neutrals with a couple of accent colors that will be continued throughout the home. Every room should connect to those around it in some way.
My former fixer upper home was smaller than my Chualar home, and the home we live in now. In order to not overwhelm the space with furnishings from my former home, I kept the color scheme consistent. The dining room is completely neutral. The built n cabinetry was painted just a shade darker than the walls for dimension. The wood of the antique dining table adds texture and history. The wall colors are the same throughout to make the small house seem larger.
USE QUALITY DETAILS AND MAKE THOUGHTFUL CHOICES
Pick classic furniture pieces with clean and simple lines in neutral fabrics in your home decor. Keep the expensive items neutral and timeless. The beautiful neutral colors of this space are augmented by the abundence of texture. Splurge on the signature, quality pieces that will stand the test of time. I love this beautiful space by the talented Jackye Lanham. Jackye is known for her astute design choices and timeless decorating style. The gorgeous chandelier adds dimension. You can find more of Jackye’s design work on her website here.
INCORPORATE COLOR AND TRENDS IN ACCENT PIECES
( such as pillows, art, and decorative accessories)
This is the family room in my former home in the fall. It has a timeless look. The salmon cupboard doors were added to the fireplace mantle for a splash of color. I added
DESIGN A LOOK THAT IS FUNCTIONAL
Furniture should fit in a room perfectly. It should “belong” to a room. It shouldn’t be so large as to overpower, or too small to seem insignificant. Make sure you have enough comfortable furniture to make guests feel welcome. My pal Mary Ann’s San Francisco apartment is filled with everything that makes a room timeless, but it also just works. There is plenty of comfortable seating where guests can take in the beautiful views of San Francisco bay. You can follow Mary Ann’s blog Classic Casual Home here.
A room without texture or pattern will be boring and flat. Texture and patterns bring rooms to life and add dimension and warmth. This beautiful space by ODG Interiors has plenty of textural elements that add interest, them millwork, the architectural interiors, the rug, the mirrors, the interior of the fireplace.
STICK TO CLEAN LINES
Avoid overly carved ornate furnishings that will become dated quickly. A piece here and there adds interest but too many become old fast. This wonderful living room by the talented Steve from Urban Cottage is filled with vintage furniture and antiques but he favors clean lines in his furnishings. Steve loves timeless design but isn’t afraid to bring in modern art or quirky light fixtures to add interest.
INVEST IN ANTIQUES
(if none have been handed down) they can give your space a sense of history and character. They help create a curated look. Antique furniture becomes timeless when incorporated with other styles and furnishings. The gallery wall with antique oil paintings lends character and charm to this fabulous living space by Ware Porter. The beautiful crown molding adds interest to the neutral wall color.
If you love a timeless home, think about keeping your design consistent throughout your home. Spend your money on important pieces and use trends in inexpensive accessories. Keep your color palettes simple, embrace texture and use pops of color as accents. Add a vintage piece here and there for interest. Include art and treasures from your travels that speak to you. Be sure to include some items that just make you happy!
If you enjoyed this post you might also enjoy The Collected Look and How to Get It. Do you prefer a timeless collected look or a more modern space? I would love to hear your thoughts. Thank you for reading My Simple Roadmap for Achieving Timeless Collected Interiors.