We have reached the final section of our three-part discussion on timeless design. After focusing on your remodel’s layout and flow, it’s time to concentrate on the details. Although there are many style possibilities for your home, one that seems to be the most approachable is a classic style. It’s an option that stands the test of time and offers flexibility, allowing you to change your home’s look with accessories and fixtures.
Keep it simple.
When a home has too many ornate details, it can quickly become dated. Consider using clean lines and understated architectural details. For instance, a timeless kitchen often features inset doors rather than raised panel doors (traditional) or flat panel doors (modern). In a classic home, you may also see elements that add interest without overpowering the space, such as coffered ceilings, wainscoting, furniture-style toe kicks, and crown molding.
Opt for a neutral palette.
“Neutral” is not necessarily a synonym for “boring” or “bland.” Actually, neutrals often have a strong presence in a classic style home. Beiges, grays, whites, off-whites – they are all common options and can be spiced up with trend colors through accessories or other items that are easy to adjust, if desired. You can also combine different neutrals or play with textures to create interest. Using the kitchen as an example again, many homeowners will mix white perimeter cabinetry with a stained island to keep it classic, yet add some variation.
Use quality, classic materials.
Classic style has “staying power,” so you want to ensure the materials you choose were made to last and won’t look passé in a few years. Here are some examples of classic products and materials for two popular rooms in the home:
In the kitchen:
- Marble mixed with honed black countertops
- White subway tile
- Butcher block tops
In the bathroom:
- Hexagon or basketweave tile
- Carrara or Calacatta marble
- Free-standing tub
- Pedestal sink
- Subway tile
- Nickel fixtures