8 classic looks – timeless rooms that will never date

1. Enhance Classic Good Looks With Pattern Play

Club fenders sometimes conjure up dull renderings of fusty and formal living rooms or stuffy spaces in gentlemen’s clubs. They are, however, a secret weapon in the interior decorator’s armory. Not only do they provide vital extra seating but, as the upholstered parts are so slight in size, it also means you could use an expensive fabric that might break the budget for curtains or sofas and chairs.

2. Get Pale Tones Right For Elegance And Charm

Perfecting pale tones and decorating with neutrals will embody a room scheme that will always look classic and timeless. While some decorators instinctively lean towards pale yellows, and others where green meets grey, many agree that new neutrals are largely inspired by colors emanating from the natural world, which help us to feel grounded in our homes.

3. Factor In A Decorative Ceiling Light Fixture For Instant Impact

Some dining rooms simply call out for a traditional glass chandelier that not only looks stunning by day but will look even more dramatic at night as the light sparkles and reflects through the individual pieces of glass. This is particularly true of rooms whose sole purpose is for dining; traditional chandeliers will not easily make the crossover to task lighting for home working.

4. Introduce Textural Elements For An Easy Win

Raw organic finishes look fabulous in a bathroom – giving them a tactility that is truly captivating and timeless. Forget perfectly flat gloss tiles, shimmering zellige designs yield a more sophisticated way to bring texture into your bathing space. ‘Zellige-style tiles provide a subtle shimmer that undulates rather than dazzles,’ says Louisa Morgan, creative director, Mandarin Stone.

5. Lay Down A Timeless Trend Underfoot

The materials used underfoot can set the tone of a room, so it pays to consider a floor type that will look classic yet confident. Checkerboard tiles are a timeless trend that has never seemed to disappear, so we predict that it is here to stay.

6. Curate A Gallery Wall With Your Favorite Photographs In Classic Frames

Whether you’re drawn to gallery-style walls or more traditional ways of hanging pieces, art will enliven a hallway and set the tone for the home. A piece of art framed well is a thing of beauty but it takes a lot of thought and care for a stunning end result.

7. Heighten The Senses With A Sublime Sanctuary

The best classic room ideas use plenty of textural elements and subtle color palettes to curate schemes that are simple yet sophisticated. This is a modern bedroom but the use of rich tones, shapes, and details creates a connection with nature that makes it appear almost timeless. ‘For this Chelsea house project we worked to a selection of nature-inspired finishes with a strong preference for earthy terracotta and green and blue hues, which are offset against sleek black details,’ says Irene Gunter of design practice Gunter & Co.

8. Keep It Classic With White

Beautiful craftsmanship and simple lines are the hallmarks of a traditional white kitchen. ‘White has become a popular choice for classical designs. It makes cabinetry look very crisp and sophisticated and the space feels instantly brighter yet also very calming,’ says Stephanie Dedes, design and marketing manager at Charles Yorke’s Pirbright showroom.

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