Some things just never go out of style. Tried and true classics that stand the test of time. When it comes to designing homes not only for my clients, but also my own, sticking with the classics will serve you well. If you have followed this blog for awhile, you know that I stay very true to my design aesthetic, no matter what I post. Here are my top 5 classics in no particular order.
1. Subway tile. You can never go wrong with subway tile. A soft white or marble will stand the test of time. Use it in a bathroom or as a backsplash in a kitchen. I'm partial to a matte finish in a kitchen though.
2. Marble. I don't care what anyone says, marble is my number one choice for counter tops. If you take care of it, you will not have any problems. Can it chip, yes. Can it stain, of course if you leave something on it for a long period of time, but who does that? Can it etch, absolutely, but using a cutting board alleviates most of that. A honed finish is much easier to care for than polished, so I always recommend honed, especially in a kitchen. I have had marble in my own kitchen for 5 years now and only have a few tiny chips and zero stains. Marble has been used for thousands of years all over Europe and only looks more beautiful over time.
3. Antiques. I'm a firm believer that every room needs an antique element. It's what makes a home feel like a home and not like you went to your nearest furniture store and bought everything as a set. You know that's a no-no, right? If you buy something that really speaks to you, you will treasure it for a lifetime. Think of different ways you can use an antique, like this piece used to store towels in a bathroom.
4. Beautiful millwork. Want to make your walls come alive? You can't go wrong with beautiful millwork. Take your room from blah to beautiful in no time! Those herringbone floors are also a great classic. Wish they were in my own home!
5. Painted cabinetry. Nothing dates a kitchen or bathroom faster than wood toned cabinets. Oak cabinets speak the 80's, dark cherry speaks the 90's and light maple, early 2000's. See where I'm going with this... Dated with a capital D. I'm not saying wood is totally off limits, but it's very rare I personally come across a wood tone for a cabinet that actually looks good. It's amazing what a few coats of paint can do!
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