One thing that really stuck with me during Maria Killam’s True Colour Expert Training was something she said about timeless design; “Boring Now = Timeless Later”.People complain about not wanting to have something that looks like everyone else’s space. They don’t want something simple, they want wow; a colourful backsplash, an accent tile in the bathroom, a bright accent wall. Think about what that “accent” piece is going to do for you a few years down the line: it’s going to age your space. It’s the accent piece that catches your eye that will be the one thing in the room that tells visitors exactly when you last renovated. By keeping your hard, permanent finishes simple, neutral and timeless, you are avoiding having to re invest in your space in just a few short years.You can still decorate with accents that will bring your room to life that are a lot easier to change than tile, countertop or cabinetry. Creating a timesless space is good for your moral, your wallet and for our planet. Who really wants to renovate every 5-7 years? Wouldn’t you rather do it right the first time and only have to play around with your soft finishes throughout the years? Trust me, I’d love to have the same recurring clients every five years, but would I feel good about that? No. I’d prefer for my clients to call me in five years to tell me how much they still adore their space and how it’s aged so well and that when people walk in, they still tell them how beautiful it is. That’s good design!Are simple, timeless finishes really that boring, once all put together? These are spaces that I consider to be timeless. We still see subway tiles everywhere and they’ve been around for decades. The same for hexagone tiles, medium wood floors, simple stone counters, white cabinets.
Can you tell when these kitchens were built? Do they look dated?