Principles of Timeless Design

Timeless design allows you to update a space that will look as classic and fresh today as it will in 5 years or 10 years or even more.  Unfortunately, many people get stuck on the latest and greatest trends.  Trends can be funky and fun but they can also be expensive if not taken into consideration when planning a design.   It is especially important when considering re-sale of your home.  Not everyone will love bright red kitchen cabinetry, or bright lime green doors.  Always remember those colors may be really popular now – but in 4 years it’s dated (the new latest and greatest colors are very different) in 6 years its old and in 8 years you look stuck in the last decade…. There is a Color Panel of leading industry experts in Europe that determine exactly what the colors trends will be for the coming year. These colors are then incorporated into all aspects of design from accessories to furniture and more.  Problem is this is always changing…. 

How many times have you walked in somewhere and instantly thought “that is so 80’s or 90’s”?  Designing “on trend” creates a time stamp on the space.  If your client insists they LOVE the latest and greatest and absolutely must have it – then let’s have some fun!  How we incorporate those trend colors will have a significant impact on the longevity of the design.  The first thing to determine is how long does your client enjoy a space before it becomes old and needs re-doing?  For some people it can be as little as a year or two, for others it’s more in the 5-7 year range.  How long will they be remaining in the space?  Any plans to sell in the next 5 years or less? This is important to know because now the design has to appeal to future buyers.  How frequently do they re-do a space and to what extent?  Do they completely gut it and start from scratch? Or do they only plan on doing their kitchen once in 20 years.  A Designer must take all these factors into account when planning the design.

If they have a limitless budget and enjoy changing frequently, then by all means – give them the fun and funky kitchen cabinets with all the bells and whistles.  However, most clients have a limited budget and don’t enjoy the hassle and disruption renovations bring to their household.  They would rather do a major renovation only when necessary.  So if they tend to get tired of a space in 3-5 years, it’s critical that we plan for easy changes to freshen up a space that will minimize cost and disruption to their lives.  For example, using timeless cabinetry, countertops, appliances and flooring will keep the cost of updates down.  If you have laminate countertops – they can be replaced at a reasonable cost and can really change the look of your kitchen. Paint is your least costly change and very easy to do in just a few days!  It can really change the look and feel of a space.  Backsplash tiles can be another fun way to update and give a new look without major expense and disruption.  Finally accessories are easy to replace and can be color coordinated with the new tile and paint to give a whole new look.  Voila! You’ve just refreshed a space you’ve grown tired of with very minimal expense.  Keeping your major expense items in the timeless category (i.e. flooring & cabinets) and changing up paint and accessories keeps your home looking fresh, current and makes it easy to re-sell with little effort and next to no notice. 

Life throws us curve balls from time to time.  If you suddenly get transferred or have to move, those lime green doors and bright red cabinets can easily become an obstacle to selling your home.  However, you LOVE the splash of color and insist on having something fun!  No problem.  We can incorporate red plates, red accessories, red artwork, we can satisfy your craving for color while still maintaining a timeless overall design that appeals to the greatest number of people.  What I’m saying is never forgo your desire for that punch of color.  I love color – its makes rooms and life interesting!  However, use color in the things that can be changed at minimal cost and minimal effort.  This ensures you will always be happy with your accent colors, but more importantly the money you spend on your major renovation will be money well spent for many years to come!

Angie Kendel

Maximum Impact Plus

Home Staging & Interior Decorating

Winnipeg, MB