How to keep your home from looking dated

Despite your best efforts, that brightly coloured accent wall you painted in the ’90s just isn’t looking so fresh any more, is it? This doesn’t mean you have bad taste or that your house is old; it’s just that this part of your home is starting to look a little dated. So how do you passe-proof your home? Ahead, we list a few tips to keep your dwelling up-to-date.

Figure out your personal style first

You know which clothing styles work on your body, but do you know what decor suits your abode? Knowing your personal interior style is crucial if you want to create a home you’ll love beyond the current season. No one can afford to take that risk. So ask yourself the following: What defines my personal taste? What colours do I love? And why? The key is to determine your personal style fundamentals first; then build on them.

Have a flexible colour theme as the base

Pick a base colour palette that allows for some flexibility as the trends change each season. While many will expect this to be a mostly neutral theme, leading Australian interior designer Shaynna Blaze says it’s all about warm and cool, and “whether you love white and grey or cream and stone as a base to build your colours on.” Once you settle on a preference, sticking to that constant colour theme throughout your home should prevent it from looking dated too quickly and ensure it survives the seasonal trends. It’s the perfect backdrop to feature period pieces, so you can still have fun with timely styles.

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