Classic style is one that can be easily summed up as enduring. It’s confident, elegant, functional without being boring and it’s well balanced for the space it’s in.
For a classic style you may want to utilise strong columns, stripes and architectural mouldings – the kind you would find in Victorian era homes and use these details as key points to complement or juxtapose other decorative additions creating an overall elegance.
A classically styled home will appear timeless by using natural resources and fibres – woods, stones, marbles, brick, and natural fibres such as cotton.
To create your own look of timeless elegance, try and stay away from trends and never aim for fussy, ornate or overly opulent. Your look should remain quietly understated and simple yet sophisticated to provide a functional but not boring space.
If you’re looking to create a living room that maintains the look we’re after, try and avoid slouchy furniture, or furniture that has been so highly stylised that it’s making it’s own statement. This means keeping the colours simple – not necessarily subtle, but never loud, and the patterns of the main furniture pieces minimal. Patterns, like colour trends, can come and go out of fashion.
If you’re looking to incorporate bolder colour influences, consider using small pieces that can easily be changed as your tastes change with time.
As we keep referring to the adjective timeless, it’s important to note that decorative pieces of furniture don’t have to be from any particular period, quite the opposite. Antique pieces can be beautifully juxtaposed with a piece of modern art or set against the blank canvas of a wall to perfectly combine flavours. Likewise, a futuristic vase for example can sit beautifully on a table with neo-classical influences.
Always aim to keep the overall look balanced and uncluttered and you’ll still love the decor for years to come.