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Timeless, Really? By Whose Watch? Protect the Equity of Your Home October 18, 2014

Timeless design is not affected by the whims of the marketplace or the ever-changing always evolving design trends and style direction. Many elements must come together combining classic pieces, the correct scale, and just the right colors in order to create the perfect background for additional embellishment. However, what is timeless to one may be seen as a trend to another.

South Florida is known for its international mix, newly transplanted and transient residents, making the sale and re-sale of homes a constant flux. In order to maximize the selling potential timeless styling just makes sense. So how do we achieve this? When asking local real estate agent Mary Jo Kunzman, PA, she stated, ”A home that is timeless utilizes natural resources and fibers – wood, stones, brick, and natural fibers such as cotton. Timeless design is quietly understated, simple and sophisticated.”

Of course design professionals will concur, keeping clean lines, avoiding clutter, and keeping colors simple and using texture in its place all help. Splurging on quality is another way towards longevity and lasting style. The use of local and natural materials is also a very good idea, in keeping with the aesthetic of the locale.

Finally, personalization and periodic updates will be wanted and needed. This can easily be achieved by adding unique lighting, accessories, and decorative pieces that add pops of colors, individual style and a trendier look; items that can effortlessly be taken with or changed out on a whim.

In the end it’s really about form, function, and enduring quality. A timely design can reach timelessness by staying away from the hype and gimmicks of the modern world.  Form with no meaningful purpose or pure function with no attention to form and artistic details are two ways to keep the design from moving forward and appealing to all who come across it.

William Meleski

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