Timeless home design: what it is and how to implement it

A timeless design simply never goes out of style. Achieved by matching elements of functionality with classic design features, timeless designs portray a certain sense of elegance.

A key facet to timeless design is remaining understated. As such, trends have to be ignored while still making sure that your home and its features feel welcoming and offer a sense of comfort. 

While achieving a timeless home design is a delicate balancing act, there are many different ways to infuse your home with a sense of timelessness. This ensures that while your home remains classic, your personality still shines through. 

What is a timeless design?

Often associated with adjectives such as elegant, sophisticated and luxurious, it’s worth noting that timeless design mixes all of the above with a sense of practicality and functionality. There is no point in having a timeless home design that is in conflict with how you live.

At the core of timeless design is the fact that it simply never goes out of style, no matter what trends may be popular that year or how design principles might have changed over time.

While this is a highly curated approach to home design, it’s important to note that timeless design does not equal boring design. Rather, timeless design principles centre around a multi-layer approach to how a room is presented. 

Ways to Create a timeless house

Every aspect of interior design can be utilised to create a timeless house design. From space and lines to colour and form, each plays a key role in curating spaces that exude timelessness.

With this in mind, there are many different avenues homeowners can go down when it comes to creating a timeless home design. Endeavours both big and small will work together to create the overall feeling of balance and sophistication that is synonymous with timelessness. 

  1. Open-plan living 

Nothing says timeless quite like a home that boasts open-plan living. At its core, timeless design is functional and encapsulates the essence of open-plan living. Providing a seamless transition between each area of the home, this type of floor plan is very popular.

To ensure the effectiveness of this technique, and to achieve timelessness, make sure that features in one room are carried through to the next. For example, keep the same flooring, lighting and colour palette throughout each open-plan area. 

  1. Embrace a neutral colour palette

Bold colours are subject to trends. For example, hues of orange and green have been popular in the past but today aren’t as widely used. On the other hand, neutral colours never go out of style. 

When it comes to a timeless home’s colour palette think in terms of beige, greys and whites. While this may seem to limit, you can choose between warm and cool whites whether you want to add warmth or light. The same can be said for warm and cool greys.  

  1. Create rooms with focal points

One of the cornerstones of timeless home design is creating rooms that have focal points. For example, a living room might be oriented so that every piece of furniture accentuates or faces a fireplace. 

To help create rooms with noticeable focal points, a technique that is often employed is that of symmetry. This essentially means that both sides of the room have the same amount and style of pieces. 

  1. Decorate with built-in shelving 

An aspect of timeless design is adding layers to rooms. By decorating spaces with built-in shelving, you can add both depth and function. Tall shelves can also be used to provide symmetry in rooms. 

When it comes to filling these shelves, it’s important to remain minimalist. Rather than cramming in books, photos, and the likes, be selective about what you put on display. Also, make sure that all shelving accessories complement the room’s colour palette.

  1. Opt for marble counters

Equal parts durable and stylish, marble counters are a key aspect to timeless design. Rather than opting for colourful benchtops or benchtops that are indicative of a certain style, marble is sophisticated and functional. 

  1. Invest in a few high-quality pieces

Certain furniture items or accessories are synonymous with timeless designs. Think classic artwork, dining tables or lounges. By investing in a few high-quality pieces, you can build rooms around durable, timeless pieces.  

  1. Lay hardwood floors

Durable and stylish, hardwood floors can withstand everything that day-to-day life has to offer. Their rich colour and inherently tough nature makes them timeless additions to homes. Better still, hardwood floors match seamlessly with a neutral colour palette. 

  1. Hide technology 

While technology is many things, it is not classic. As such, timeless home designs make a concerted effort to hide technology. This means placing gaming systems or remotes in cupboards or stands. 

Take the next step to your timeless home with Plunkett Homes 

When it comes time to style a home the pressure can feel overwhelming. With so many options out there, it can be easy to fall into the trap of designing a home based on the latest trends.

To ensure that your home never goes out of style, infuse your design with a hint of timelessness. Easy to achieve, timeless home design is all about championing elements of sophistication and functionality. 

At Plunkett Homes, we offer a variety of house designs that seamlessly incorporate timeless design principles. From Federation to Hamptons, our expert team can help you customise any floorplan to suit everything from your needs and lifestyle to the block of land and budget. 

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