Decor and design trends come and go, but some styles become classics. These home design trends emerge to shape the way we think about style and decor for years to come.
When decorating your home, a good rule of thumb is to go a little more traditional with major furnishings and to use smaller items to incorporate the new trends. Smaller can easily be swap out at a later date when styles change. You can keep up with the times but not have to spend a fortune every few years.
How do you make sure you won’t regret the design choices you make today in a few years? Well, a good place to start is with some designer recommendations. Here are 9 decor insights from our design experts that have staying power and will help your home to remain timeless.
1. Use Natural Materials
“It may finally be starting to ‘trend’ again in a big way, but rattan, wicker, and grasscloth furniture will always remain classic,” says designer Roxy Te Owens, founder of furniture brand Society Social, woven and cane furniture. “We’ve been producing this type of furniture for nearly 40 years and have sent our designs off to homes from the city to the country and coasts—and have seen them placed in spaces that range from traditional to contemporary to mid-century modern. “ This makes it an easy design go-to today—and for tomorrow.
So go ahead and buy the rattan, bamboo, or grasscloth furniture you’ve had your eye on.
2. Incorporate Neutral Tones
There’s something to be said for sticking to neutral tones and avoiding the latest “it” color. Designer Becky Shea explains “neutral tones are timeless and work in any context. When you go too bold and loud, in the long term it’s not sustainable.”
Your taste usually changes over time. Try not to invest a lot of money on big pieces in non-neutral colors. “Keep your core items neutral—like your sofa, rug, and accent chairs—then layer in color and trends through blankets, accessories, and art,” says Shea.
3. Utilize Open Style Shelving
Open shelves allow you to display treasures from your travels, artwork, and family heirlooms. These kinds of memorabilia are always appropriate in any home. That’s why the founders of Saffron + Poe, designers Johanna Vente Anderson and Fiona Burr, say open shelving is here to stay. “We love incorporating antique and found pieces because they bring so much warmth to space and easily add layers of texture and history,” the designers say.
Open shelving gives you so much style flexibility. Since only the shelves themselves are fixed to the walls, you can easily switch up your decor without much heavy lifting. All you have to do is move your pieces around and swap items in and out for a fresh look.
4. Consider Vintage Furniture and Decor
“We find that antique and found pieces bring so much warmth to a space, incorporating layers of texture and history,” explains Anderson and Burr. “They are often one-of-a-kind, making your space inherently unique, and we love to ponder what they have seen and who else has treasured them throughout the decades/centuries.”
Humphrey says, “Think about it: If you find a great piece of vintage furniture or a rug from 50 to 100 years ago that made it this far, it’ll probably last longer than anything brand new you’ll buy from a big box store”. But it’s not only the quality of vintage pieces, but it’s also the sentiment and decorative impact they can have in a room that gives them longevity.
5. Jute and Natural Fiber Rugs
Using a jute or sisal rug in a living room or otherwise is a great idea. The material is extremely durable and adds texture to your space without overpowering it. Interior designer Crystal Sinclair loves a jute rug and believes these natural fiber pieces have staying power in your home. “Not only are these rugs affordable, but they can also serve as a stand-alone rug or are a great base for layering decorative rugs on top,” Sinclair says.
When layered with another carpet, jute also adds an extra element of cushioning. For a subtle look, layer a neutral or monochromatic rug on top of your jute base.
If you’re trying to make your rugs a focal point in your room, find something colorful or patterned to go on top.
6. Add Parsons Furniture Pieces
The Parsons table is a modernist square or rectangular table. Parsons tables, have been around for roughly 80 years, and are often intended for use as modern or contemporary furniture. They’re design chameleons and can hang with pretty much whatever you put them with, especially in classic a finish like white or black.
“I love a good Parsons Desk in a glossy white lacquer because it never goes out of style,” says designer Julianne Taylor, the founder and creative director of Taylor Burke Home. “You can make this versatile piece work in traditional or modern spaces, depending on what design elements you add to it.
Don’t underestimate the staying power of a simple, straight-lined Parsons table, whether its intended use is for dining, cocktails, working, anchoring an entry, or otherwise.
7. Versatile White Sofas
According to Christina Samatas and Renee DiSanto of Park & Oak Interior Design, if you want to incorporate more white across the furniture of your home to brighten up your space, a white sofa will work wonders.
“The color white has certainly made a big comeback over the past few years, as we’ve seen with the all-white kitchen trend,” says Samatas and DiSanto. “But our favorite timeless use of white is incorporating white sofas into living room designs.”
If you’re worried about fingerprints and wine spills, invest in a slipcover, which is often machine-washable, or a performance fabric that is meant for everyday living and can handle spills, smudges, and pulls.
8. Long Lasting Organic Materials
Natural fabrics like linen, wool, and alpaca can refresh your living room or bedroom look. These kinds of materials are long-lasting and ideal for things like rugs, throws, pillow covers, and bedding.
They are not just practical—they’re also pretty. They’re sustainable, healthy choices for home dwellers and easier to clean. I think as time goes on, and we continue to crave naturally-made materials that are luxurious in their subtlety, they’ll be even more in demand.
9. Try Timeless Tuxedo Style Sofas
Especially when it comes to larger pieces of furniture like sofas, you can’t go wrong with clean lines. “Tuxedo style sofas, made famous by the legendary Billy Baldwin, will always be a design staple,” says Te Owens. “They’re timeless but also modern.” While curvy may be all the rage now, boxy shapes are just so graphically simple that they work just about anywhere during any period.
If you’re leaning into a more Grandmillennial aesthetic, choose something with a small pattern. If you want a more contemporary look, stick to a solid covered fabric. The beauty is that you can always reupholster a sofa, and the tuxedo shape is simple enough to take on the style of whatever fabric you choose to cover it in.