If home is your comforting, constant refuge, style your spaces to follow suite. Timeless, traditional design is classic, welcoming, and reliable – perfect for a cozy living room. Follow our do’s and don’ts to put together a relaxing, ever-stylish room of your own.
If you want a room that will feel fresh years from now, timeless anchor furniture is a must. Look for couches, loveseats, and chairs with clean lines and simple accents. Subtle tufting and traditional arches work well, too.
When it comes to colors, it’s a good idea to lean toward neutrals (light or dark). Unless you have a color you know you’ll always love, anything too trendy can feel dated quickly. And remember to opt for materials and finishes that are built to last.
Simple, uncluttered rooms tend to feel fresh longer. After all, there are fewer things to feel dated. Limit the number of tchotchkes and stick to a few antiques, decorative items you love, or pieces with personal meaning instead. Functionality is key, too. Do you need a coffee table with some storage? Are the chairs comfortable and roomy enough? When you’ll be keeping items around, they should meet your needs well.
Traditional design doesn’t have to be monotonous. If you have pieces and styles you know you’ll love down the road, go ahead and incorporate them. Add an industrial light if you love that aesthetic. Opt for a more modern chair. Choose textural, bohemian pillows. A room can absolutely be classic without being boring!
Having a timeless living room doesn’t mean you have to set it and live with it forever. For most people, the goal is to keep larger pieces around for a longer period of time, but they’re also willing to change smaller elements. Switch out accent pieces for an easy update.
For example, if a space starts to feel stale, consider choosing a new rug. Elsewhere, throw pillows and blankets add a lot to a room and are easy to change up seasonally or every couple of years. When you have a timeless foundation, it can support a variety of stress-free updates.
This tip could also be “Do break the rules.” This is your space after all, and things like artwork are very personal. Choose pieces that speak to you. If you truly love it, you’ll enjoy it for years to come.
Be deliberate about your selections and choose furniture and décor that works for you rather than what others are doing. When you go that route, the end result is a living room you’ll be able to live in and love for years to come.