My advice for a well styled living room is to adopt the “high-low” methodology that all good fashionistas employ with what they wear. Invest a lot in some good classic pieces and mix them with some cheaper items. Look for inexpensive buys and bargains when it comes to on-trend decor which you know will make you're room look very current, but will definitely be out of vogue in a year or two. Throw cushions in a seasonal colour is the perfect cheap thrill. But there are certain pieces in a well styled living room that you can feel comfortable investing in because they are classically chic, and stand the test of time. These pieces never go out of fashion and suit any style home.
Here is a list of 5 items that will never go out of style
1. Decorative Over-The-Mantel Mirror
An oversized mirror above your fire place has been a classic design element for eons. Mirrors make rooms appear lighter, brighter and bigger. I don’t think you can ever go wrong with metallic, because you are avoiding colours that can date. If you have a traditional or classic home or are partial to an eclectic design repertoire, a ornate french looking mirror will fit the bill. For the more modern home, keep to the metallics but look for a simpler frame.
2. Plantation Shutters
Plantations Shutters are an elegant window dressing that is always in fashion and gives a room an immediate sense of polish. While a certain fabric or style of drapes will date, a white plantation shutter is as fashionable now as it was in 50 years ago. What’s more they suit a myriad of design styles being the perfect window treatment for a contemporary home, a traditional home, a country cottage, or a beach house. The crisp, clean lines, and white colour always adds a breezy feel to a room and yet gives more warmth than stark looking roller blinds.
3. Persian Rugs
The intricate, centuries old, patterns and classic colours of reds, blues, creams, and beiges make the Persian rug an undeniable classic that will never date.
What’s more it is these colours and patterns that allow the Persian rug to bring warmth to the room. They make the traditional home look more cozy
and take the cold edge of an uber modern interior. I believe that a Persian rug looks at home in any style of room. It always has and always
will. It’s a big investment
for a good Persian rug, but well worth the splurge.
4. Leather Club Chair
An undeniable favourite of all the men-folk, the leather club chair evokes feelings of old school "members only" clubs. The more vintage and worn looking, the better. Leather club chairs seem to tell a story as you wonder where it has been and what it has seen, and I think that it is the imagined history that makes them so appealing. Although they are the ultimate masculine piece they are just as at home in a feminine room. Throw a floral or pink cushion on and it is guaranteed to look wonderful in a pretty room.
Different patterns definitely come in and out of vogue. We love patterns and they are a perfect way to show a particular personality in a room. Think of white room with white furniture and then add orange chevron cushions. Get the look? Now add floral cushions instead. And we have another feel. What about green plaid? Yet another style. Patterns can change the look of a room in an instant, but stick to keeping 'on-trend' patterns to inexpensive cushions or throws as opposed to an expensive floor rug, drapes, or upholstery. When it comes to the more expensive items if you stay with stripes in classic colours or neutrals it will be sure to make your house look current no matter the year.