Interior Design Meets Fashion: The Classics

Adele Shotton-Pugh | Updated

Trends come and go, whether you're looking at music, fashion, literature, architecture or of course, interior design. However, some things never really go out of style – there are certain things which are classics that virtually everyone agrees on. If you're looking for some guidance on decorating your home in a classic style which will still look as great five or ten years from now as it will today, the following tips should get you off to a good start.


There are several different styles of furniture which are generally regarded as classic and are all safe choices. Fortunately, they represent more than enough variety to appeal to any tastes. For those who prefer something a little more ornate, there is Queen Anne, French provincial and Chippendale furniture. However, if you'd like something a little plainer, Shaker furniture may be the right choice for you; and if your tastes run more towards the contemporary, Danish Modern is a good way to go.

Window Treatments

There is a strong case to be made for both curtains and blinds as classics in the realm of window treatments. Blinds, especially natural wooden blinds are a good choice for living rooms and studies, but you may want something a little less formal in bedrooms, such as teal curtains for an adult's bedroom or childrens curtains for kids rooms and playrooms.

Floor length curtains will tend to balance out other elements of the room while providing a soft contrast to wood, masonry and other harder textures throughout the room where they're used. Pencil pleat headings for curtains are the classical and most commonly used, furthermore they suit all styles of interior beautifully.


Colour is very much an individual choice, but if you're going for a look which won't become outdated in a matter of a few years, it's best to keep things relaxing and understated. Whether it's your walls or the super king size bedding in your master bedroom, it's wise not to choose colours or patterns which are so bright that they become distracting and out of fashion fast.

Your home and especially your bedroom, is the place where you go to relax and spend your leisure time, so you need to keep colours on the softer side; the exceptions are possibly your kitchen, which should have something of a cheerful colour scheme and of course, children's rooms look great in bright, happy colours.

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