How was your weekend?! Emmett and I spent the majority of ours working outside. It felt fantastic to shift our focus to the exterior of our home for the weekend. Our new roof and the spring weather had us itching to work outside. Aside from that, I’ve really been thinking about what I classify as “timeless” when it comes to decor lately, as I’ve been choosing new goods for our shop. I always try to source things with longevity and quality in mind. Anyway, this led me to a fun blog post idea… design elements and materials that I feel are classic. Obviously context and use is everything, but for the most part, this list of 10 design elements is filled with “safe bets” that I’m convinced we’ll love for years to come, that will never go out of style. Click through to see which items and materials made the cut!
#1 // Marble
From tile to tables and countertops to decor, marble is one of those materials that has been popular for centuries and will remain a timeless classic. I’m always gravitating toward all things marble and natural stone. I feel like any color or type is a safe bet- nero, carrara, white marble, etc. It’s a staple I’ll continue to use in our home forever!
#2 // Natural rugs
Natural rugs are another great choice if you’re searching for an area rug that will withstand the test of time. Materials like sisal and jute are classic and will certainly pass the longevity test. They’re great for durability, traffic, and are also wonderful for layering alongside vintage rugs (another timeless decor item). Check out this roundup of my favorite neutral area rugs, if you missed it! There are lots of beautiful options.
#3 // Classic Wood Furniture
Classic wood furniture with traditional or simplistic lines is another design element I feel has major staying power- especially if you choose a nice medium, rich wood tone (not too light and not too dark). I feel the same way about hardwood floors, as well!
#4 // White Bedding
White bedding is another functional decor element I heavily rely on in our home- especially guest spaces. Crisp and clean white bedding is always a timeless way to dress a bed, that can easily be layered with texture, color, or pattern to insert personality. It’s the most versatile, timeless option for a bed, in my opinion. I’ll have to share a roundup soon! It has been awhile and many of you have requested bed making tutorials. It’s on the calendar!
#5 // Blue & White Porcelain
From ginger jars to lamps and tile, blue & white porcelain is a combination and pattern I will always love. A little bit goes a long way to make a design statement, and it’s another piece of decor I’m constantly saving.
#6 // White Dishes
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again- white dishes make all food look good! If you are investing in a set or gifting dishes, white is always the way to go. They’re easy to layer, provide a nice timeless look, and are truly the most versatile when it comes to setting a table. You can see all of the white dishes I own in this post!
#7 // Gilded Frames
Gilded frames are another timeless favorite I had to add to the list. From artwork to mirrors, an ornate gilded frame feels very classic to me. Those are always the ones I’ve ended up keeping over the years! I’ve donated my fair share of modern frames, but the gilded ones I refuse to part with because they work well with any type of art.
#8 // Terracotta
I talked about terracotta and shared a roundup of my favorite planters last week, but I truly feel that terracotta is one of those materials (like marble) that feels utterly timeless. From tile to planters, terracotta ages and patinas so beautifully!
#9 // Classic Glassware
When I’m vintage shopping, I always end up in the glassware aisle. From cocktail glasses and decanters to your everyday water and wine glasses, timeless glassware is a must for me. I’d rather invest in a nice beautiful set early on because I know it will withstand the test of time! Most of my regular glassware is linked in this post, and you can catch a peek at my barware here.
#10 // Vintage Rugs
You all know how I feel about vintage rugs. Ha! I don’t need to profess my love for them for the thirty-seventh time. I think we can all agree that they feel classic. They’re super durable, fade beautifully, and really add character to a home.
I’d love to hear your thoughts! What other items would you add to this list? I feel like I could’ve added a lot more, but for the sake of time and a short blog post, these 10 felt like obvious, amazing options. I hope your week is off to a good start! It’s going to be a busy one over here, but I’m looking forward to it.