Just as with so many other things, interior design is often subject to trends. In fact, there are plenty of home, design and lifestyle magazines and websites dedicated to exploring these trends and advising people on the best ways to decorate their homes. But sometimes, design trends fizzle out almost quickly as they appear, and the people who have taken inspiration from them for their homes find that their property’s suddenly look woefully out of date. So how is it possible to reconcile style with substance?
Assessing Your Needs
First and foremost, the look of your home should always be a reflection of your needs. There’s no point in having an ultra-modern kitchen replete with dazzlingly sharp edges and an abundance of high gloss finish if you have a bunch of excitable kiddies to think about. Practicality, whilst it may not seem exciting, should be the watchword of your interior design ethic.
Conversely, if you’re a busy person with not much time to think about cleaning, you may wish to consider installing kitchen units with bevelled doors and carpets so luscious you could fall asleep on them. These things will require time and attention to keep looking nice, and a quick wipe with a cloth just simply won’t cut it. Again, it all comes down to making practical judgements based on your needs.
Finding Your Style
Style if all about personal taste, but this can pose problems – especially if you consider yourself to be a follower of interior design fashions. Unlike a pair of shoes, if you decorate your home in a way that means you won’t like it after 6 months, fixing this mistake can be both costly and time consuming. If you have a very definite sense of style, you can use this to inform your design choices. But if you’re having trouble finding your personal style, it’s advisable to go neutral. Enduring style tends to begin with a neutral base palette, like Cambridge oak and white walls, to which we can add personal flourishes and touches that transform a house into a home.
Interiors Designed to Last
If we look to the enduring aesthetics of classic design, we can usually see some kind of homogeny. Stylish homes will look fantastic from year to year because they’ve been decorated in a way which allows for updating and reworking, at no great cost to the owner. In this way, trends and taste can be blended beautifully.