The timeless design is just that, timeless. It is distinct from the swell and boom of trends in that it retains its elegant and classic imagery throughout the years, rather than becoming stale and outdated. Custom-built homes with a timeless design can make for a sound investment, as it requires minimal updates to retain its aesthetic. A home with a timeless design is one you can find the same joy living in at 10 years as you did the day you moved in.
But the question remains, how can you ensure a timeless design? There is no specific criteria to follow, but the following suggestions can be used as a guide in ensuring a timeless design for your custom home.
Start by looking at other homes with timeless design
When working with custom home builders to create a timeless design for your home, you’ll want to have a clear vision of what you want. And the best place to start is by looking at the classics. Seek out those homes that already seem to have that timeless look. Look at the different colors, designs, and styles that come together as “classic” and use these concepts in the design.
Choose Classic styles with staying power
Classic styling is exactly that, historic styles that have continued to be used to create a new look that will endure. The Greeks, for example, used columns and a distinct style of architectural molding that can be seen in the exterior of Colonial style homes. These clean and simple lines are easy elements you can incorporate to ensure a timeless design.
Choose function over form in home construction
A timeless home design is one that doesn’t sacrifice its function for the latest trends. The sophistication of a timeless design is derived from its simplicity. Choose elements that adapt to life changes or if the house is sold. For example, ornate cabin designs in a kitchen are more likely to be replaced with a clean cabinet design as the style becomes outdated; cabinets with a clean and simple style can be left as is and serve as a backdrop for décor.
Choose neutral colors to include in your design
If you look at traditional home décor, one of the first things you notice is a high usage of neutral colors. Colors like off-whites, beiges, warm grays are staples in the palette of timeless designs. They are often offset by bright white fixtures and moldings that bring the rooms together. Use color as an accent feature of the room, rather than the main focus.
Timeless designs are truly functional
If there is one thing you’ll notice when it comes to timeless homes, it is they tend to be sensible in their design. A timeless design is “just right”. Choose rooms that will have neither too much nor too little space for your furniture. Choose fixtures that are eye-catching but not over-the-top. Choose furniture that complement the size and style of your rooms.
To ensure a timeless design while working with your custom builder team, aim to design a home that will meet your needs now and in the future. Consult with your design team about how you can preserve function and style over form. Use these talking points as a guide as you continue with your custom build and you are well on your way to having a timeless home.
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