When building or transforming a home for our clients, we always seek to achieve longevity and an ambiance that will only get better with age. There is no greater affirmation for us as designers than when we receive happy updates from our clients years down the road. We want every space to have staying power and to form the framework within which life’s most beautiful moments are made. In order to do that, we try our best to ensure that our selections are classic and traditional, but with a current and charismatic twist! So, why did we decide to tackle trends today? Because some of them have the capacity to stand the test of time and transition from trendy to timeless [or have they been en vogue all along?] Those are the trends we can write home about…literally. Let’s get started!
We actually shared these timeless trends on KPRC’s Houston Life last week, so if you’d rather watch than read, tap the play button above!
The Modern Vintage Mix
Our homes should tell a very personal story about who we are and what we value, and many of us struggle with how to incorporate antique pieces into a more modern space.
Let go of the desire for everything to be “matchy-matchy.” A room should feel collected and layered over time which is all about contrasts – old with new, ornate with sleek and streamlined, subtle meets dramatic.
Whether you’re using an antique statement piece or vintage accessories, these elements infuse a bit of magic and allow your home to share something unique.
As far as where to find them is concerned, we love hunting on Viyet, Chairish, and 1st Dibs, but if you’re in the Houston area, we highly suggest checking out a few of our faves below:
Going Au Naturel
No, not like that! ? We’re talking about authentic materials that speak for themselves within a design, like raw woods, concretes and leathers that boast deconstructed/raw edges.
We don’t care whether it’s a natural stone or a natural color story, we’re huge fans of keeping things real!
Nature-inspired elements lend warmth and texture to an otherwise minimalist space and help to balance out the sleek materials in more contemporary ones.
Opting for wood accent beams is a surefire way to take on this trend, and it’s an element we don’t see going anywhere! Use them on the ceiling or over your range for a dose of nature-inspired beauty that warms up everything nearby.
So, dark paints and deep, moody fabrics aren’t your thing, but you’re still looking for a dose of drama? Look down! From colorful, hand painted patterns on encaustic tiles to intricate geometric/hexagonal tiling, your floors can tell quite a distinctive story.
Flooring is also a great place to make a bold statement without going overboard – a richly textured rug happily speaks to both your eyes and your toes!
Velvet is uber-luxurious and, although it’s been around forever, it’s experiencing a reinvigoration on the design scene (in both fashion and home décor)! We love that what was once considered a heavier textile is now being crafted in lighter, more subtle variations for spring and summer.
Expert Tip: If you’re feeling a little velvet shy, bring it in through throw pillows and throws that can be easily switched out.
Matte Black Finishes
Matte black hardware looks amazing against crisp white walls, and there’s nothing more classic than a black and white combo!
Oil-rubbed bronze used to be the darker finish of choice, but matte black fixtures have been trending in a big way in both plumbing and lighting. We particularly enjoy pairing it up with other textural finishes, like plaster.
Swipe right for some of our favorites!
Any timeless trends you think we missed? Drop us a note below!