Classic touches in a home can work wonders to create a sense of personal style. They can make the home a little more interesting, more storied, and make it look a little more luxurious or expensive. However, when you’re messing with the past, it’s easy to get stuck in it. What once brought a sense of prestige instead brings a sense of retirement. Here, we’re going to look at how you can enjoy a little classic décor without getting dated.
This is important. There’s a big difference between classic and cliché, but it’s one that many tend to miss the line on. There are too many old-fashioned trends to count, but here are some of the biggest sins that we see many still committing: overuse of pendant lights, bold, capital letter wall décor, and mismatched Ottomans. If there’s an “old school” design tip that you saw floating around Instagram or Pinterest four or five years ago, there’s a good chance it already looks extremely dated. Naturally, there are exceptions to the “cliché factor” of all the examples named above, but you need to have a very strong sense of personal style to make them work for you, so be careful.
Create vignettes, not clutter
When we see people aiming for a classic or period look in their home, all too often we see them jumping headfirst into a “theme.” One must always be careful when choosing a theme over a style, as it can very quickly start to look like a gift shop of themed tack rather than something that fully embodies the sense that you’re going for. Instead of cluttering up a room with themed items, why not instead consider creating a vignette? Vignettes teach you to be measured and to exercise some self-control, choosing the pieces that best communicate the style you want, rather than over-egging it. What’s more, they make for an excellent focal point for just about any room.
Take care of it
This is essential. You might love your old French wardrobe, but it’s not going to love you back if you let it fade away, discolor, and gather tons of scratch marks. It’s going to stand out and make a fuss wherever you put it. Learning the difference between a classic look and something that just looks old is important. Some antique pieces have a carefully constructed agedness to them, but they still need to be maintained. With classic soft furnishings, putting In the right care is even more important, so don’t skip your oriental rug repair. Otherwise, you’re going to be dealing with a tattered, attention catching eyesore in the middle of the room. Similarly, don’t let wood go untreated or unvarnished.
Mix it with modernity
You might love the classic theme but it’s very easy to overdo it, even if you’re not actively aiming for a theme. If you’re really worried about looking dating, you should consider using elements of classic design, but in a room that’s much more based in modernity. There are plenty of ways to keep your home looking modern. You can adopt a more minimalist sense of style, you can make sure that you’re using current window treatments like blinds that let in more light, you can spruce it up with large, modern wall art, and more. If you want to display a piece of classic furniture that you love without fear of it looking dated, then mixing and matching the old and the new can create a much more balanced look.
Be open to change
Now, this tip is a drastic measure, so if you think that altering an old piece of furniture is a cardinal sin, you should probably skip this step. We’re talking about upcycling. The act of getting crafty and using new paint, new upholstery, and new changes that can update but the look and function of your furniture, while still retaining many of the classic touches. If you’re not too confident about how well you can update it, there may be upcycling craftspeople around that would be willing to do it with a fee. This is an approach best considered if you or a previous owner has failed to take proper care of the classic furniture under their care.
Using classic décor without looking dated is all about having a sense of balance and making sure that you take care of the items that bring the classic aesthetic to the home. Hopefully, the tips above help you keep things fresh, even when you’re keeping it old school.