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Timeless design elements

Just like the infamous ‘the little black dress’ in fashion, some classic decor items will stand the test of time. Roodepoort’s decor guru, Joe Strydom-Oosthuizen of Trouvé, shares design elements that will never go out of style.

Joe’s number one tip for creating a timeless space is to buy the best quality furniture, fabrics, and decor pieces you can afford. Highquality items will last for many years and will give your room a strong sense of timelessness. Searching flea markets or shops like Trouvé for vintage pieces is a good way to invest in beautiful, high-quality items – and hopefully nab a bit of a deal too.

Oversized mirrors
Mirrors, especially an oversized one, is a go-to piece for adding drama to an interior space. They also help small rooms appear bigger by reflecting light. Search for big vintage frames at antique shops and add your own mirror for a budget-friendly option.

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A timeless room will never be without a major focal point; the place where our eye naturally wants to land. A fireplace is a great example of that. An outdated fireplace can easily be updated by painting the surround or replacing the mantle. Even if the fireplace isn’t functional, you can put candles, fairly lights or wood logs in it to make it more decorative.

Neutral walls
Colours will always come in and out of fashion, but one thing is certain: a neutral colour palette is timeless because it flatters any space. Paint is a budget-friendly way to update a room. Stick with neutrals on the walls, then inject pattern and colour with accessories such as throw pillows and decor items, which are cheaper and easier to change when a new trend comes along.

A clawfoot tub
A classic clawfoot tub is the ultimate timeless design element, because it has been popular since the 18th century. They work well in classical as well as more contemporary interior design and is well worth the investment.

Area rugs
A well-placed area rug can help to anchor a room and define seating in an open-plan space. It is a clever way to add colour and pattern to your room, and can easily be moved to different rooms. Things to consider are buying the best quality you can afford and the right size and style for your space.

Using vintage and antique pieces in your interior adds instant character, and can be the statement piece in a room. Mix modern and antique decor items so that the space doesn’t seem outdated. If you don’t like old, dark-wood furniture, you can update them using chalk paint, replacing the upholstery or changing the hardware to give it a new lease on life.

Details: 081 547 3652, follow them on Facebook, Trouvé or visit them at 118 Long Road, Roodepoort.

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