Designing for Longevity

Featherbell

Designing for Longevity

I love a bold statement in a space, but my healthcare design background has made me take a more thoughtful approach to the execution of “on trend” ideas. And I’ve carried that sentiment into my residential footprint as well. In healthcare design, renovations can be 10-15 years in the making, if not longer. The last thing I want to do is design a space that screams 2015 only to date itself in a few years. The same is true in your home. Most people don’t have the luxury to redecorate every couple years, so how do you keep your home looking fresh and current?

Start with the basics. I love a neutral backdrop. Think about the areas in your home that are the most permanent or least likely to change often. Flooring, cabinets and countertops are at the top of my list. These areas should be neutral and timeless.  You can’t go wrong with white cabinetry.

Invest in quality. Pieces like sofas, chairs and even your master bed are going to be used frequently. You want something comfortable, durable, functional and aesthetic. These are areas where I think quality is of the upmost importance and I generally keep these pieces fairly neutral as well. Any investment piece should be something you can live with for a long time.

Add some punch. This is the fun part! Pillows, artwork, accent furniture and even paint are low commitment. Use these accents to play up trends, try out bold shapes and color and really express your personality. These components really set the tone of your home, but they can be easily swapped out or even reworked when something else catches your fancy.

Take it to the powder room. It’s such a small space, but so impactful. Most guests will at some point experience this room and because of its size, it’s a fun place to pack a punch. I love wallpaper in the powder room or a moody paint color.  Where I feel your kitchen, great room and dining room should have a cohesive feel, the powder room is inherently separate and offers the opportunity to add a little whimsy with a more intricate faucet or modern light fixtures.

Interior design is a exercise in layering. Starting with a neutral foundation will result in a livable, flexible space that will stand the test of time.