Is it possible? Can one be both trendy and timeless in decor? While trends come and go and timelessness lasts forever, the two can certainly be merged together to form something quite beautiful that will end up being timely and timeless. Read on to learn how to create a look for you that seamlessly blends trendy looks with timeless treasures to create a look that is current and timely.
A timeless home is one that stands the test of time. It looks neither out of place yesterday, today or tomorrow. With most of it’s elements pulled from the classic style, a timeless home was designed to accommodate your life and lifestyle through the years. A timeless home is comfortable, functional and casual yet sophisticated. It is filled with items not solely from the past nor exclusively from today – nor is it filled with trendy tidbits that will seem too passé by tomorrow’s standards.
Timely vs Trendy
Trends are fads that come and go. Often they take the world of design by storm and disappear almost as quickly. Trends don’t have staying power. While there may be no question that they perfectly fit into your present lifestyle, the question then becomes for how long? Trends often have staying power, but this is often hard, if not impossible to predict. Timely is something that is current, in French the term is au courant which is often used in terms of fashion and decor. The difference between timely and trendy lies in how the item is used or placed.
How to be Timely
A home that is timely is one that speaks to today’s needs and lifestyle. Timeless isn’t necessarily trendy – though many trends do fit in effortlessly with yesterday’s timeless classics. To be timely is to find a balance. A home that is timely is one that is also timeless. It is one that merges the past with the present and even into the future. Yesterday’s treasures fit beautifully with the kind finds of today.
Are we coming or going?
Trends come and go. It really is impossible to predict which ones will have staying power and which ones will be gone and forgotten by next season. If you see something that speaks to you today, by all means grab it. It won’t matter if it’s not in demand if it fits into your style and lifestyle. The large gold and amethyst vase you saw in the window the other is just the piece you’ve been looking for, s regardless of whether purple is the “it color” tomorrow or not, it fits your decor, your home and your style.
If, however you life the gold and amethyst piece simply because purple and gold are all the rage and you really have nowhere to place it, then let it go. If you don’t love it today – whether it’s au courant or not, you certainly won’t love it tomorrow. And if you’re apprehensive about it, let it go, think about it for a day or two and if you’re still thinking about it in a couple of days and just can’t get it out of your mind, then go back for it.
Watch your spending
The answer to this question of whether something is trendy or timeless may lie in your wallet. Because trends are predictably unpredictable your best bet is to find a low cost, or lower cost, version of the must have item you’re coveting. This way, should you decide next month that this item is now totally and completely passé you will not have depleted your checking account for no reason at all. When making your purchases you should make it a priority to never overspend – do not buy more than you can afford. Buy the best that you can afford at the time you are making the purchase.
If you’re buying a classic, statement piece of furniture do consider your purchase as an investment as this is a piece that you will want to stand the test of time. When purchasing something that’s currently a trend, something that you’re uncertain as to whether or not will be part of your future decor, you should be very conservative with your spending. Thrifty does not mean cheap. Cheap usually refers to quality. You never want to purchase anything of inferior quality.
Less is more
Take it easy. Start out slowly. Proud as a Peacock Blue may be THE color that everyone is talking about this season and you may be seeing it all over the place – all over the internet; design blogs, Pinterest, etc… but this doesn’t mean that in 6 months this color will still be in hot demand. It very well could be, or it very well may not be. Therefore, you may want to rethink repainting your entire living room in Proud as a Peacock Blue. You may come to regret it. If you absolutely adore the color add it in bit by bit – in small increments. Toss throws or pillows onto your neutral colored couch for a fun pop of color.
This way should you tire of the color the pillows can be swapped out for another color. Additional bits of color can be added in through accessories such as lamps, vases and areas with smaller bits of the color appearing throughout. When used along with a more traditional color, trendy tones can definitely add character, panache and personality to your space. With brighter colors, at least initially, less is more. If you find that the brighter route is what works for you, your home, personality and lifestyle, then by all means color your world!
Tread lightly. It can be a jungle out there!
When animal prints became all the rage a couple of years ago no one could have predicted that they’d have the staying power they do. In fact now, many stylists, decorators and designers consider the animal print, whether leopard, zebra, giraffe, or cowhide, to be the “new neutral.” Animal prints are now staples in many homes. But, as with all bold prints and patterns, a little can go a long way. And in the case of the animal print, timeless and timely can quickly turn into tacky!
Creatures of comfort
Whether from yesterday or today, no matter what your purchases look like, you must try them on first. Just as you try on clothes and shoes before you buy them you should do this with all your furniture. Sit on different chairs, couches and sofas. Lie down on beds. If you don’t feel comfortable on what you’re sitting or lying on, then don’t make the purchase. Keep looking and keep shopping and keep trying. You don’t want to be stuck with something that you find terribly uncomfortable. A timeless home – a timely home – is a comfortable home.
Trust your instincts
Your home is your best representation of who you are, what you like and how you live. Don’t ever buy into a thought or product simply because it’s the “in” thing or because everyone else is. If a current style doesn’t meet your standards, taste, or your own style, move onward – or backward, to one that best suits you. Regardless of your tastes or style, in decor the past and the present can co-exist beautifully to create a look that is both timely and timeless.