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5 Design Tips for Homes That Will Never Go Out of Style

January 4, 2022

Trends come and go, but these interior design tips will stand the test of time.

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Puchong South, Selangor by PINS Studio
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Home renovation is an expensive project to undertake. All the more reason to design a home interior that will outlast fads and serve you for years to come. To get you started, here are five interior design tips that you can easily implement in your home to create a timeless appeal.

1. Keep colour schemes neutral

As much as you may be tempted to go wild with bright and bold colours, they rarely stand the test of time. Soothing, uncomplicated neutral tones, on the other hand, help to keep visual stimulation to a minimum, which is why these design elements tend to last.

Nue Co, Kuala Lumpur by Doubble Interior Associates
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Keep your main furniture pieces (like your sofa, rug, and accent chairs) in a neutral tone and then layer in colour with blankets, accessories, and art. This allows you to keep your home looking lively while remaining stylish over time.

Nue Co, Kuala Lumpur by Doubble Interior Associates
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2. Tidy away technology

We’ve come a long way with technology, with many extraneous items becoming obsolete but it remains a part of many spaces and must be considered in the overall design. The key to creating a home that will remain stylish for years to come is to keep any technology features tucked away if possible because, as with any timeless interior, the furniture and decor are the main focus of the space.

Glenmarie Temasya, Shah Alam by The Grid Studio
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Consider building a built-in cabinet around your TV and storing all of your electronics such as stereos, game consoles, and computers in cabinets or drawers. Make sure that all loose cables and wires are hidden away from plain sight too. This will help to elevate and lend a timeless feel to your space without taking away from the importance of technology in our lives.

3. Create a visually balanced look

The human eye is naturally drawn to symmetry or anything that is balanced and proportionate. As a result, using decorating styles that emphasise harmony and balance is one of the best foundations for a timeless design.

The Tropics, Hulu Langat by Box Design Studio Sdn Bhd
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Creating a visually balanced look in a room does not always require everything to come in a pair. A beautiful mirror, for example, can be balanced with a side table containing vases, lamps, or other items. Keep in mind that the most pleasing symmetry is one that is close to perfect but not quite perfect. A little bit of variance will actually emphasize the balance in a room.

4. Buy furniture with clean lines

Choosing furniture, especially big-ticket items, is one of the most difficult aspects of decorating. People frequently say that if you choose something "classic," it will last. But what exactly qualifies a piece as a classic? The best way to ensure that you're making the right decision is to select furniture pieces that don't have too many flourishes that reference specific design eras, such as an edgy industrial side chair or sculpture-like floor lamp, as they will feel dated over time.

Setia Residence by ZOGE Interior & Build (M) Sdn. Bhd.
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Instead, choose simple, clean-lined furniture, as shown in this modern home. It has a simple, understated style that complements most design styles, and anchoring a room with one of these pieces is a simple way to achieve a timeless look.

5. Incorporate natural materials

A timeless looking home is often decked with natural materials, with furniture and decor inspired by nature and our surroundings. To create a timeless appeal, consider incorporating natural elements such as wood, rattan, marble, cotton, leather, and silk into your furniture or design choices.

Pavillion Hilltop, Mont Kiara by Anwill Design Sdn Bhd
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Just remember that in design, balance is everything, so you never want to go overboard with using any one material. As shown in this Scandinavian-styled home, you can combine several natural elements in a room by matching timber floors with a leather sofa set and a marble coffee table. The combination of natural materials and tones creates a statement within the home without overpowering the rest of the interior. This balance – between statement and streamlined design – is what makes it timeless.

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