Thursday, September 6, 2018

 

It's not a secret, design styles change. So, how can you be on point with the trends today and still be relevant tomorrow? One tried and true technique is to combine clean lines with timeless materials. While wood is certainly in vogue today, history also informs us that it has and will remain a timeless and classic material, when used appropriately. To accomplish this it is important to go back to the basics of the material itself.

Clean Light Woods Brighten The Room
CLEAN LIGHT WOODS BRIGHTEN THE ROOM

Keeping spaces bright and open is a great way to make them livable and inviting. Using lighter colored woods adds warmth and at the same time keeps the room bright. Antique elm is a rare wood that can only be obtained from reclaiming old structures throughout the upper mid western united states, adding to the allure and charm of this blighted wood.

Island Tops and Stools Are Inviting for Guests
LARGE ISLAND TOPS WITH STOOLS ARE INVITING FOR GUESTS

When considering timeless design styles it is important to use classic materials paired with colors that are not too trendy. While the latest color trends may be appealing right now, they can sometimes be short lived. There are a lot of situations where a historic color can be modern and fresh while also being truly timeless.

Old Meets New In This Modern Kitchen

There's nothing quite like combining old materials with a modern fresh look. Timeless indeed! Making sure to stay true to the intended look ensures your designs will withstand the test of time. In the case of this modern kitchen, stainless steel appliances of the highest quality were offset by the hand made ax marks on the wood beam left behind by a craftsman over 100 years ago. This stark contrast feels right at home with clean white walls.

Exterior Barn Siding
MODERN FARMHOUSE CLAD WITH RUSTIC WOODS

Combining rustic weathered barn wood siding with the clean simple lines found in a modern farmhouse achieves a timeless home that reminds us of a structure built over a hundred years ago yet, is fresh and modern. Classic elements are found in the basic design and modern lines make the home feel contemporary and at the same time rather comfortable and livable. When planning for the use of a rustic material such as weathered barn wood siding orientation of the material is an important factor, by going vertical with the cladding they were able to create a look that feels at home in it's surroundings and also respects the way the siding was originally used.

Walnut Floors
DARK WALNUT AND BRIGHT COLORS LIVEN THINGS UP

Rich and dark in color, walnut floors are a classic choice. Adding bright and colorful furnishing and touches creates a modern sensibility and gives the room a sense of depth. Dark floors like walnut can often make rooms feel smaller and even a little too dark at times, however, when combined with brighter colors the results are transformed into a space that feels open and radiates light.

Vermont Floors
Mixed Reclaimed Woods Contrast The Contemporary Chairs

Adding a splash of mixed colors to this third floor room brings the contemporary furniture to life. While the floors are reclaimed and show signs of a previous life as another structure, there is a very contemporary feel to the room. By not using a single wood species for the floor the mood is transformed and the space becomes more lively and inviting, creating an atmosphere that is both clean and modern as well as comfortable and very livable.