Trendy vs. Timeless Design


When building or remodeling a home, you may find yourself wondering how to make the right decisions to avoid regretting them in a few years. You will need insight into what is timeless and what is trendy and how best to mix the two. It is important to incorporate your own personal style as well and to feel confident about moving forward with your project.


Timeless design is widely understood to be unaffected by the passage of time or changes in fashion. What does timeless mean to you? Basically, your decisions should be based on what will make you happy for years to come. This could be white shaker style cabinets and a neutral paint color. Or it could be cherry cabinets and soapstone countertops. Within the broad category of “timeless” there are various styles.


Trendy finishes include the fads that come and go. It’s easy to spot them because they are all over Pinterest and Instagram. It is a good idea to use a few trendy pieces that are easily changed out in the future, mixed in with the timeless foundation pieces.


How to determine if something is timeless? Ask yourself these questions as you are looking at cabinets, countertops, flooring, and plumbing fixtures:

1. Is it adaptable?

2. Is it simple?

3. Would I still love and choose it if it was not currently trending?


If you answered yes to all three, then your finish is timeless. Consider these finishes for the items listed above that are expensive and difficult to change. You can sprinkle in your trendy tastes throughout your home with cabinet hardware, paint colors, light fixtures, artwork, and rugs.


As in the fashion world, trends and styles are ever-changing in the construction and design world. One thing to keep in mind is that if you love what you choose, then your home will never be out of style for you!


When you attend the New River Valley Home Expo on April 9th from 9-5:00 and April 10th from 12-5:00 at the Christiansburg Rec Center, you can talk with many of our local builders, remodelers, designers, and other professionals about your project and how best they can work with you to achieve your style goals.


Check out the current exhibitors, events at the Expo, and get your tickets at www.nrvhomeexpo.com. Use code trendy to save $2 on the Early Bird ticket price!