Interior design experts have shared their top styling tips to ensure your home remains timelessly chic and trendy beyond the passing fads.
Interior designer for 247 Blinds and 247 Curtains, Amy Wilson, said to keep it classic with your colour choices, experiment with patterns and incorporate greenery and house plants in your home.
Lucy Ackroyd, head of design at luxury linen company, Christy, said switching up soft furnishing like cushions and throws can revamp a space and to reuse and recycle old furniture and Jonathan Warren from bed specialists Time4Sleep says to balance new trends with timeless pieces.
Below, the interior experts give their top six tips to boost your home style’s longevity.
Interior design experts share their top six tips to creating timeless style in your home including embracing greenery and house plants to add colour and improve air quality
1. Complete the scene with greens
House plants were a rising trend while people were locked in the homes during the pandemic and Ms Wilson said they are here to stay.
Incorporating plants and greenery into the home is a timeless way of adding colour to the home plus they have been proven to improve indoor air quality.
‘Greenery, both the colour and plants, is going nowhere, as biophilic design, incorporating plants into interiors, continues to be a focus of designers and wellbeing experts,’ she said.
‘There is a plant for everyone, from those that require minimum effort to those which need daily attention, so do some research to find out what’s best for you. The plant pots themselves can also be a good way to add some colour or pattern.’
Blending new trends with timeless centrepieces, like rattan bed frames and bed heads, minimise the risk of the style looking dated in the future
2. Balance trend with timelessness
When thinking about a new look for a room, Mr Warren said it’s a good idea to blend new trends with timeless centrepieces to minimise the risk of the style looking dated in the future.
‘When it comes to elevating a desired look or feel in your bedroom, the bed is a key feature to focus on, with this naturally taking centre stage,’ he said.
‘When considering the best bed for your space, ensure to choose one which supports your ever-evolving style by providing a timeless canvas.’
‘Wooden beds are an ideal option to give the room a touch of tradition whilst keeping things versatile. If you lean towards more modern trends, opt for a rattan bed frame to introduce some more playful texture.’
Kmart Australia’s range of rattan furniture, including their stylish bed heads, are an affordable option for having an on-trend centrepiece for you bedroom.
3. Reuse and recycle
Rather than replacing outdated furniture, many home stylists are getting crafty and giving their homewares trendy transformations like this bobble lamp created by DIY expert Geneva Vanderzeil who use soft drink bottles, white paint and plaster
‘Interior design trends are constantly changing and evolving. But at the same time, the interiors industry is becoming increasingly focused towards sustainability, so whilst you may be keen to jump on the latest trends, there are ways to do so without overconsuming,’ Ms Ackroyd said.
‘There is a continuing effort to encourage us to buy less, shop vintage and do our bit to be more mindful and conscious consumers,’ Ms Wilson added.
‘This doesn’t mean we can’t buy anything new, but consider selling old furniture and buying second hand. Also take a look at the things in your home and see if you can upcycle them rather than simply buying something new.’
Rather than replacing outdated furniture, many home stylists are getting crafty and giving their homewares trendy transformations.
DIY expert, Geneva Vanderzeil, from Brisbane recently upcycled a plain floor lamp and gave it a stylish transformation using old bottles, plaster and white paint.
How to make Geneva Vanderzeil’s upcycled bobble floor lamp
What you’ll need
An old floor lamp
Around 15 empty soft drink bottle depends on the size of your lamp
What to do
1. Cut the top third off the soft drink bottles with scissors and slice down the side of each bottle top
2. Neatly cut the screw necks off the bottle tops
3. Remove the shade from the lamp and place the bottle tops onto the lamp base and repeat with the other bottles in alternating directions
4. Taped and secured each of the bottle tops together with masking tape to create rounded, diamond-like shapes
5. Once the lamp post is full of bottle tops give the base and bottles a coat of white paint
6. After the paint has dried, apply a layer of plaster onto the bottles to create a seamless look and allow them to dry
7. Once the plaster is dry, use sand paper to sand the surface until smooth and reattached the lamp shade
Make an upcycled bobble lamp by stacking cut up soft drink bottles on the base, painting white and adding a layer of plaster
Changing up accessories like cushions, throws, bed linen, and towels and bath mats is a great way to embrace trendy colours without doing a full style revamp
4. Switch up soft furnishings
Changing up accessories like cushions, throws, bed linen, and towels and bath mats is a great way to embrace trendy colours without doing a full style revamp, Ms Ackroyd said.
‘For the bedroom, I’d suggest investing in high-quality bed linen in a timeless neutral shade, then contrasting cushions and throws in varying textures, complementary colours, and different shapes and sizes for a stylish look that’s easy to update with changes in trends,’ she said.
‘The same can be said for updating your bathroom – a new bath mat and towels colourway can transform the room completely. Deep greens and chocolate browns are having a real moment and these can make a bathroom feel super cosy and relaxing.’
Ms Wilson said adding pattern to a room through fabrics on blinds, curtains, and cushions is a great way to incorporate the latest trends to your space in a limited scale
Be bold with pattern
Ms Wilson said adding pattern to a room through fabrics on blinds, curtains, and cushions is a great way to incorporate the latest trends to your space in a limited scale.
‘Pattern trends develop and evolve each year, with pattern clash and geometric shapes seeing increased popularity this year,’ she said.
‘Checkerboard patterns are making a comeback and stripes have got broader and brighter. There are some stunning patterned fabrics out there that will elevate your décor.’
While colours are very seasonal and different shades and tones become popular each year, Ms Wilson said there are safe and stylish colour schemes that last the test of time
Keep it classic
While colours are very seasonal and different shades and tones become popular each year, Ms Wilson said there are safe and stylish colour schemes that last the test of time.
‘Bold colours, and colour blocks continue to be a popular paint effect, and can be achieved by anyone with a steady hand and a roll of masking tape,’ she said.
‘The Pantone colour of the year, Very Peri, is bold and contemporary and has been seen in a variety of colour clash versions.’
She said those who don’t want to commit to painting can embrace colour with cushions, curtains, blinds and rugs.