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5 Steps to Picking a Timeless Interior Design Look

Let us help you find ways to discover a classic, timeless look for your home.

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One of the greatest challenges in interior decoration is that, unlike clothing, you expect to use the things you put in your home for many years. So it makes sense to be much pickier about custom curtains than custom clothing.

Here are five ways can you make sure that you’re picking a look that you’ll still like in ten years, or maybe even twenty.

1. Look at old design books

Check out old magazines, books, or photo albums of interior design concepts and see what still works. If something from 1960 looks good today, chances are it will in 2050.

2. When in doubt, KISS

KISS stands for “keep it simple, stupid”. There are a million ways to over-complicate your home’s interior. Don’t make your drapes one of them. The flashy patterns that work for a child’s room shouldn’t feature everywhere.

3. Think long-term

I mean in the more mundane ways. You can’t predict styles in 20 years, but you will want to repaint eventually, so pick a fabric that can work with other colors too. If you expect to change the carpet in a few years, make sure that your custom curtains don’t force you to pick a carpet you might not want. Bedrooms and living rooms are particularly vulnerable to this problem, as they’ll wear so many guises over your family’s time in your home. Kitchens and bathrooms, less so.

4. Ask around

Don’t put just one pair of eyes on the problem. Ask for advice from others and (especially) look around at what others have done with their homes. There are plenty of ideas to go around and most people happily brag about how pretty their home is. If nothing else, it’s an excuse to get out and meet your neighbors.

5. Go back to basics

Each room in your home has a different function, and your curtains should reflect this. If you expect a room to be bright and sunny, thinner fabrics and lighter colors help along the way. A child’s playroom should have bright geometric patterns or animals. Your master bedroom can feature fuller fabrics with a lining and more staid colors. A formal dining room or sitting room might call for an antique damask pattern.

I hope this helps you look at your own situation more clearly!

Don’t forget, we’re happy to offer free style advice at Emma Custom. We won’t make decisions for you, but we’ll work with you to see how we can best suit your needs. Look for curtain inspiration on our website, and start designing your custom curtains today.

Until next time!


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