Guideline for a Timeless Remodel
As Americans, we are engrossed in a culture where fashion affects nearly every aspect of our lives. The way our homes function and our products of choice are no exception. As our lifestyles change, so do our expectations for these spaces. Many clients’ first priority in a kitchen or bath remodel is to avoid trendy elements and to incorporate materials that will not become outdated. If that is a part of your objective, you may find the following ideas helpful.
- Look to the established and highest quality suppliers of the items in a particular product category for guidance as to general shape, materials, color and function. Whether you choose to buy from these suppliers or not, they have design authority and they tend to evolve their products purposefully and comparatively slowly.
- Use a design pro. People who study design and make it their life’s work have the combination of skill and training to help you. The good ones will listen to you and understand where you will be comfortable on the trend curve and help you select things that fit your taste and goals.
- Beware of ideas that are “suddenly everywhere”. Design elements that pop up quickly and dramatically will likely pass just as quickly.
- Use neutral colors. If you don’t know what those are, design pros and professionals can direct you.
- Don’t be first (and don’t be last) with a particular product, material, shape or color.
- Select things you really love and take care of them. Then be a little philosophical. Quality design ideas may ebb for a period but they will loop back around to preeminence.
Within this collection of renovation concepts, a few will immerse as remodeling trends. Although long-lived, stainless steel appliances, open-concept kitchens and spa-like baths are examples; in the end, even the most popular trends will quiet down, replaced with new, innovative concepts. For those whose goal is to achieve a timeless remodel, look for classic design elements with upward and less volatile lines in their trend curve and avoid those with short, intense fluctuations.