Learn how to implement this popular—but classic—aesthetic in your space.
Trends can be a fun way to change up your space every so often, but when you invest in a quality (and costly) piece of furniture, you definitely want it to stand the test of time—throughout the seasons and fluctuating fads. When searching for this type of decor, what you want to try to find is known as universal or timeless design.
According to Opendoor, 2023 is the year of universal decor, with homeowners choosing furnishing and pieces meant to last. Furniture is expensive, and with continuously climbing prices, it makes sense to prioritize purchasing items that won’t need to be replaced in a few years when styles change and a once-trendy couch now looks dated or couldn’t stand up to the wear and tear of daily use.
But how do you know if a piece you’re buying will last—both from a structural and a style standpoint? And can you have a home that looks modern, stylish, and personalized without being swayed by every passing trend?
With these challenges in mind, a professional designer shared their advice on how you can create elegant, timeless rooms you’ll love for years to come. Here are the top tips for implementing universal decor—not to be confused with universal design!—into your home.
Why Universal Decor Is Gaining Popularity Now
Universal decor is a pretty simple concept: Invest in more neutral, higher-value pieces with the intention of keeping them around for the long haul.
“You can update smaller elements in your home sparingly to affordably keep up with trends, but the base layer of a home’s design, such as its walls, countertops, furniture, and rugs, are the elements