No one wants their home to be seen as “dated,” and yet when we choose exceptionally trendy décor, we risk (actually, we practically ensure) our home’s becoming noticeably so, often in the near future. Sure, we could wait a few decades for that same trend to resurface, but in the meantime? Let’s just not go there. Perhaps the most infamous decorating faux pas have to do with outdated 70s shag carpet and mustard, olive green, or orange appliances and countertops. It would have been difficult, no doubt, for the homeowners during that style’s heyday to predict how badly their choices would clash with the trends of upcoming decades—so let’s not be too hard on them. At the same time, though, let’s learn from history and dare not repeat it.
Timeless Beauty in the Basics
One way to keep your home from becoming the stuff from which memes and theme parties are made is to choose timeless elements when it comes to the main surfaces of your home. Paint colors and wall art can easily be changed; flooring materials, not so much. If you choose colors and textures that have stood the test of time and are high-quality enough to last, you will never regret such decisions. Wood floors offer that kind of security. Many have lasted through shag carpet installations and removals, requiring only mild repairs and inexpensive refinishing. Wood floors continue to be requested by those shopping for new homes, and they are among the few renovation expenditures homeowners are likely to recoup and then some, when it’s time to sell.
When you keep the main surfaces neutral and make sure they’re made from high-quality, time-honored materials like wood, you can give your home an opportunity to look good not just this year but later this decade, and beyond.
Timely Elements for Today
While wood floors are certainly here to stay and we doubt anyone would snub you for antique flooring you’ve had restored, you can also take advantage of today’s trends in wood flooring. For instance, wide plank floors definitely offer a more modern twist on the basic wood floor. Rehmeyer also provides attention-getting options like your choice of accent paint colors applied, highlighting the grain and other character marks of the wood species you select. In fact, three of our Custom Collections offer that possibility:
• Old Trail, distressed to showcase the wood’s natural character
• Legacy Collection, with replicated foot worn appearance
• Authentic Hand Scraped Collection, distressed completely by hand, with the use of absolutely no power tools
You can certainly provide updated accent pieces such as light fixtures, art work, and even furniture, to offset the classic element of a wood floor. We predict that many vases, photos, and conversation pieces of all types will come and go in and out your home’s doors well before your Rehmeyer floor will ever become passé.