Trends come and go, timeless furniture and decorations keep your home stylish forever. High-quality and timeless furniture is a wise investment for any type of home, office, or living space. Usually made with hardy and durable materials, these pieces can adapt to a wide range of interior design styles. The right choices will last you generations.
Of course, finding and incorporating new furniture into your home isn’t so straightforward. Learn how to find the right pieces that complement your home design, your personality, and your needs. Used in so many versatile ways, we’ll help you identify furniture that will look amazing forever.
The benefits of choosing timeless furniture
There are multiple benefits to choosing well-made furniture. Let’s explore why buying and using timeless furniture is a more optimal choice.
1. Timeless furniture is durable
Furniture is made for everyday use, from eating around the table to lounging on the couch. However, modern manufacturing processes mean many available furnishings are made according to current trends. They might have materials like plywood or plastic, which degrade and weaken over time.
Timeless pieces are made to last, so they’re created with durable materials and techniques. You can gain so much more use from them without any wear and tear.
Along with this furniture’s durability comes the benefit of longevity. No more replacing your chairs, tables, or cupboards every few years. Lower-quality furnishings are more susceptible to scratches, cracks, or warping in their materials.
When you can depend on your furniture for years, you save time and money. There’s no need for you to spend on costly new pieces. You can also avoid the hassle of sourcing and shipping new furniture to your home.
Timeless pieces have classic looks that can adapt to any style or background. Want to change the layout of your home? With these pieces, changing where or how your furniture is used is easy.
These pieces can work well with any person’s favorite designs. From minimalism to maximalism, art deco to cottages, this furniture fits anywhere.
How to identify timeless furniture pieces
Timeless furniture has an original - but adaptable shape and design. This is what makes them so classic and unaffected by time. Their aesthetics will remain just as attractive throughout dominant design eras. This furniture is usually more simple in design and construction, making a bold statement without unnecessary details.
They’re often made with either bold or neutral colors but in more monotone palettes.
and earthy tones
work well together in these classic designs. Clashing colors can result in a disrupted energy in the home, and won’t face the test of time as well.
These pieces are also made using a mix of high-quality materials and expert craftsmanship. If your furniture comes from a brand or artist with a long history of selling similar iconic designs, it’s probably a classic.
Look for strong metals that are vastly more durable but harder to work with, such as iron or steel. This applies to rarer woods that are close-grained and denser as well.
will last you lifetimes due to their durable properties.
Examples of classic furniture pieces
Let’s get acquainted with some real examples of classic pieces that are still popular today. Timelessness can apply to any type of furnishing - from headboards to coffee tables.
You’ve probably seen this iconic sofa in a movie or magazine but didn’t know what it’s called. The Chesterfield sofa is a statement piece, bringing boldness to any living room or lounge. Its boxy shape and tufted cushions give it a luxurious, high-end look. It can seamlessly complement either a contemporary or retro design.
Eames lounge chair
The Eames lounge chair (and the ottoman that often accompanies it) is a peak example of quality craftsmanship. It comes at a higher price point due to its complex manufacturing process. For example, the original design’s outer shell includes five layers of Brazilian rosewood. Created in 1956 by Charles and Ray Eames, the mid-century design also uses premium leather. It’s still assembled by hand, which its users can feel through the unparalleled comfort it offers.
Shaker dressers are so popular that their design is prevalent in multiple forms. It’s harder to identify Shaker dressers when there are so many lookalikes. The original designs feature six drawers with round knobs and tapered legs. Shaker furniture was designed by a religious sect with principles of simplicity and minimalism in their lives, the Society of Believers in Christ's Second Appearing.
These chairs are built with solid wood backings and seats, usually with a rounded top. Their seats have a saddle shape for more comfortable sitting. With tapered legs and carved spindles on the backs, these chairs have a certain quirkiness to them.
They were often crafted through physical carving and shaping, instead of turned on a lathe machine. These chairs are most often used in the kitchen or around dining tables. They also make great statement pieces in bedrooms or common areas.
Mid-century modern dining table
These sleek modern tables are incredibly popular, and not just in homes. You may have seen them in restaurants, hotels, or even shopping centers with eating areas. They are available in rectangle, square, or oval shapes and a variety of materials. However, these tables stand out with their tapered, splayed legs and simple top shapes.
Suggested reading: What is Mid-Century Modern Design: Everything You Need to Know
Tips for incorporating timeless furniture into your home décor
Adding timeless pieces that complement your current layout and decor is easy! You don’t have to throw out all of the furniture you already have or spend thousands on a renovation. Anyone can get started in adding these classic furnishings to their home!
Here are a few tips to get you started:
Find your favorites: Not everyone has the same taste in materials or designs. There’s a wide range of furniture types to choose from that are still timeless. Perhaps you like lighter, neutral colors as opposed to darker ones. Maybe you love leather and wood, but not metal. Perhaps you prefer organic shapes instead of sharp corners. Think about your preferences and create a list of options for yourself.
Start small: Replacing large pieces is more expensive, and a larger commitment. It’s easier to add new dining table chairs instead of heavy wardrobes. These pieces are also probably less expensive, and you can move them around the house to style them in different ways.
Get acquainted with styles and brands: Once you’ve started to add smaller timeless pieces to your home, you can research bigger changes. Research reputable brands, furniture designs, and crafting techniques. This furniture is an investment in your home, so you should ensure you’re getting valuable, original pieces.
Keep it bold: This furniture is incredible at making a big impact, even with a minimalistic design. Find furniture that complements the existing features of your home. For example, if you have an open floor plan and lots of natural light, adding furniture with organic curves can bring a natural flow to the space.
Timeless, high-quality furniture that remains fashionable throughout the decades can elevate your home instantly. Using this guide, you can accurately identify classic pieces well worth the investment. Incorporate them into your home using our simple tips above, and fall in love with your renewed space that will last a lifetime.
If all the above seems like an overwhelming task, don't worry! Azula Designs has you covered. Our team of highly-trained interior designers can help you incorporate timeless furniture into your dream home. Or if that's not your style, contact us anyway and we'll bring your favorite styles to life!