With the progress of my career, I am trying to find ways to make a positive impact on our planet and in our society with what I do for a living. One approach is for me to promote timeless, long lasting designs by purchasing good quality pieces as well as designing with a style that will age well. I am noticing an abundance of low quality furniture made overseas, purchased with the intention of it lastng for just a few years. Only for it to be replaced in order to follow future trends. This concept appeals to consumers on a budget or to those who enjoy changing their decor often. It may, on the surface, make sense, but I believe that there is a better way of doing things. "Temporary" furniture usually ends up on a curb which contributes to the pollution of our earth and consumerism. Ikea is now used in both dorm rooms and million dollar homes. In both scenarios, it is considered temporary furniture, that's not built to last, yet we are seeing more and more of it. We are constantly promoting recycling but not focusing on preventative measures for wasteful and excessive purchases. Follow these guidelines to achieve a timeless style with solid furniture that should last a lifetime.
Buy Quality Pieces
This sometimes means that you may have to take your time until you can afford at least a medium to high end collection... even if you are living in an empty space! When ready, do your homework. Every salesperson will insist that their product is of excellent quality. Look up reviews, check the craftmanship of the item you are considering. Ask where it is made and if there is a warranty.
Buy pieces that YOU like. Shapes, patterns, colors, and textures that appeal to you. Do not settle for what you see in current magazines because in a few years time, that trend will be gone and you will be left with a design that is dated. This also applies to colors. Fifteen years ago beiges and browns were the big trend, ten years later, greys took over and now people are looking for ways to transition to the new trend, which sometimes means replacing their perfectly good furniture. It usually better to purchase the big pieces in colors that you have always liked. If it's a couch for example, whether it's a deep purple, a burnt orange or a cream, you can always accessories with a trendy color in the pillows, paint color, throws, and accents. It is less costly to change your accessories then to start reupholstering,
Mix and Match
Eclectic styling is truly one of the most timeless ways to decorate. If you are mixing and matching different collections, finishes, styles, with signature pieces that you love, you are garanteeing a timeless design. What's more is it allows you to constantly change the layout of the furniture in your home since you are not limited by the style in each room. This comes very useful when moving or when you just need a change of scenary at home.
Take Your Time and Shop with an Open Mind
Do not settle. Yes, shopping can be very tedious. It can be exhausting and frustrating and sometimes we just settle for what's available now instead of going the extra mile to find what we really want. It is important that you keep an open mind when shopping since you may be inspired by pieces that you wouldn't have initially considered but we must never feel that we settled. You would be surprised by what you really need to survive. If it means eating dinner on the coffee table for an extra month, it's usually worth the wait. If you are in a rush, hire a designer. Show them pictures and ideas of exactly what you are looking for and they would save you time by presenting you options both online and locally.
Most importantly, be excited about the choices you make. Your home is your canvas that should describe you - have fun with it!