Have you ever marveled at a large, inviting lounge or a sumptuous bedroom in an upscale hotel and wondered how you can give your own home the same look? If so, you are like countless individuals that appreciate timeless elegance and classic styling. Each season fashion trends in home décor come and go like a warm spring tide, however, there are certain design traditions that are timeless, treasured and endured forever. Here are a few tips on how to give your home a touch of the classic treatment:
Create a focal point
We use the word “classic” to describe something that’s considered outstanding and of the highest quality. This is definitely what makes up the key ingredients in designing classic interiors. The focus is on simple and graceful lines, as opposed to design options that are too busy or too cluttered.
One very popular classic touch is a fireplace as a focal point in a classic living area. You would add your stylish furniture carefully and symmetrically grouped to accent the fireplace. In the classic bedroom, a bed, would be the focal point of the room.
In both instances, balance and symmetry are extremely important. In the living space, your feature fireplace will be accompanied by matching armchairs, with an ornate mirror or a landscape painting hanging above it. In the bedroom, your bed, would be tastefully adorned with cushions and throws will be placed between matching bedside tables and lamps.
Consider balance and shapes when choosing window treatments
Think again of those matching armchairs around your fireplace and remember they are an important part of emphasizing the symmetry of your classic living room. In the same way you need to ensure that doors and windows throughout your home reflect an equal sense of balance. Matching blinds or curtains can be effective in a room where you have two identical windows. However, if you install full height shutters instead, you can create a stunning, yet fresh, classic interior. Mount these next to doors and windows throughout your home for best effect.
Choose paint colors and tones that are understated and classic
In classic interiors, paint colors are chosen to enhance muted tones or those that reflect natural elements, such as earth, grass, clear skies or wildflower shades. If you want to be creative, you can add interesting colors such as terracotta, maroon, plum or the delightful Pantone Color of the Year 2015, “Marsala”. Contrasting shades that work well with these colors are cream, soft beige or off-white, rather than brighter, more garish tones.
Incorporate elegant textiles into the design
Canvas, cotton, leather, softened linen and velvet fabrics are among the favorites of the top designers who re-create classic interiors – this is as much about how these textiles drape and feel as it is about the look. There’s no need, for example, to overuse any specific element – just as the natural colors of marble, stone and wood look great when used on flooring and walls, so fabrics that absorb light (as in muted) or reflect it (quietly glowing, never brazenly shiny) will perfectly complement these natural surfaces.
Now that you have some of the tricks of the trade at your fingertips you can happily go about recreating those coveted inspirational designs at home. Keep it simple and enjoy creating your very own classic interiors.