Timeless Home Remodeling Ideas
Home remodels are expensive propositions.
They’re also invasive, getting right into the heart of where you live. So, if you’re planning on going through one, it makes the most sense to create something timeless, that you won’t feel inclined to update every few years.
Trends within the home improvement industry are marked as any popular style, material, or method that spans a minimum of 10 years. Because trends tend to stick around for a while, many people mistakenly believe that they’ll be around for longer. This is often what leads to a lot of dated homes, particularly for people who jump on a trend a year or two before it ends.
That’s why for anyone truly looking for a way to ensure that their home is going to stand the test of time, it’s best to look at those styles and designs that are considered “timeless” rather than those styles and designs that are considered trends.
Get to Know Your Architecture
Before you can start remodeling anything, you need to know what’s going to work with your home’s architecture, or the style of home that you have. Whenever an architect creates a new style, he also designs numerous details that fit into that style as well. These include color schemes, material choices and details that can be anything from layouts to storage.
When using any or all of these details, you lay the groundwork for a timeless design. You also help your home look its best, with the colors and materials that it was originally designed for.
An example of this is the Victorian. The entire color palette for a Victorian is muted or subdued. In fact, all colors used had a little bit of black included in the mixture as a nod to the queen whose name spawned the style.
When Victorians are painted in that color palette, they glow, and the colors easily complement the exterior details, as well as things indoors like sliding doorways and coffered ceilings.
By going back to the roots of your home’s architecture, you can help create a more timeless interior and exterior design. There’s a reason that many architectural styles have survived for so long and are still being built today; they have timeless appeal. When you play on that, you automatically get better results.
And while not every home is going to have universal appeal, the most popular styles such as Colonials, Ranches, and Bungalows all have built in palettes and material lists that can help you show them off to their best effect.
Look for Universal Appeal
Your next step in creating a timeless home is to look for materials and designs that have nearly universal appeal. The more people associate a certain style or material with desirability, the longer that material will last.
A good example of this is wood flooring. Wood floors have been around for centuries, and in some cases, the floors themselves can last this long when properly taken care of. Interior designers surveyed in the last few years report as many as 92% preferring to install some type of wood in a home remodel. That’s because wood has a timeless look, and nearly universal appeal. And with the many species and styles available, it’s possible to nod to timelessness, while at the same time satisfying your own personal style and preferences at the same time.
Wood is one example of this, but so are many other natural materials include marble, and when used sparingly, slate. The key is to use each material to its best advantage; a marble foyer will make a great first impression while a slate mudroom is ready for anything.
Opt for Function
Functional design is always timeless. This doesn’t mean sacrificing form or putting it on the back burner, it simply means taking a close look at the way that you interact with each room in the house, and catering to it.
For example, a timeless kitchen design is one that’s easy to cook in, as well as easy to gather in. A large kitchen with a built-in eating area, such as a banquette, and that has plenty of counter space, well laid out appliances, and a full pantry is going to be a room that people want to gather in. If it also uses natural materials like wood cabinets and flooring, while maximizing natural light, the room is going to have lasting appeal as well.
This works for every room of the home. Think about how the space is used, cater to that, then include those timeless details that will mean that it never goes out of style.
Inspiration and Ideas
Every home is going to be different in what it needs to become timeless in style and design. But there are many universal factors that can be added to many homes to help them on their way. After you’ve taken the other things such as architecture and function into consideration, you may want to include any of the following in your remodel.
Longboard, distressed, wide plank, or sanded, hardwood flooring is timeless and has nearly universal appeal. Choose the style and color that works best with your home to get the best results.
If the color palette designed for your home’s architecture doesn’t appeal or work with your style, then consider opting for neutral finishes throughout the home. Neutral palettes can encompass a wide range of shades from cream and tan to grey and taupe. Mix them for richness and depth while creating a timeless look.
In an age of fast fashion and disposable materials, there’s something timeless and appealing in things built to last. That includes areas of the home. Bookcases, built in cabinets, niches, shelving, and storage add a lot to a home both visually and functionally. Building straight into the walls doesn’t take up space physically, but it opens up a lot more possibilities for decorating and storage. Things like this will never go out of style.
White Kitchen Cabinets
While wood has almost universal appeal, different wood tones and finishes do rise and fall in popularity over time, and nowhere more so than in the kitchen. Think of the oak cabinets of the 80s, and you’ll realize that even wood can become dated with time. That’s why white cabinets are usually the most timeless in design. They pair well with almost anything, so you can even swap out a countertop or backsplash for a minor design update, without disturbing the heart of the room.
If your home doesn’t already have a fireplace, there’s no better way to add value to your home than by adding one. Fireplaces have a timeless appearance, regardless of whether it’s wood burning or gas. The key is in how you style it. Marble surrounds have the most timeless effect, but if your home is more rustic, brick, or fieldstone can also create a beautiful focal point in a room, while adding value and warmth.
Renovate Your Ceiling
Want to give any room in your home a timeless look with minimal effort? Look to the ceiling. This is often called the fifth wall in interior design, and it’s also often overlooked. This is another good place to take cues from your architecture, and follow what some of the original architects did there. Coffered ceilings, tray ceilings, tin ceilings, beadboard – the list of things you can use in this area is nearly endless, but they all have one thing in common; they finish the room like nothing else.
Create Your Best Design
While a trend may disappear within 10 to 15 years, timeless designs and materials never go out of style or lose their appeal. Trends definitely have their place in the home industry, and can also add value to a space, but timeless looks have lasting appeal that holds value for much longer. If you’re considering a remodel of your space, be sure to take a closer look at some of the timeless aspects of your architecture to ensure that you’ll have the ideal look when you’re done.