We all know that trends come and go, especially in the interior design world. There’s nothing more frustrating than designing a beautiful kitchen and having the urge to replace it ten years later because it looks outdated. The good news is, some of the trends we’ve seen throughout the years have really stuck -and by stuck, I mean date back to the even the early ages! We’ve asked designers, done our research, and compiled a list of 35 interior design trends that will never go out of style. Timeless designs, thank you for always being there!
Marble is sleek and sophisticated, there’s no doubt about it. Although different patterns gain and lose popularity over the years, marble has proven it’s here to stay. From kitchen countertops to decorative pieces, marble can be the accent that pulls an entire room together!
2. Subway Tile
Subway tile was introduced in New York City in the first subway, hence the name “subway tile.” The white ceramic reflected lights so the dim underground train would be bright enough for the passengers. The 1920’s is when the subway tile became popular in the home interior world, used wherever you needed cleanliness such as the kitchens and bathrooms. Today, classic subway tile is still very much used in homes, and while some people love the classic look, others enjoy mixing it up with pattern variations, sizes, and colors. When doing a modern kitchen backsplash, a lot of home owners look for interior design trends that will never go out of style and find that the subway tile is the best option!
3. Rattan and Wicker
There’s something about these natural elements that have always been timeless. Natural elements always make people feel at ease in a room and make it feel warmer. Rattan and wicker have come a long way in terms of patterns and design but have been used since 3,000 BC. That has to tell you something!
4. Dark Wood Floors
Dark wood floors are always in style and can be pretty much the most versatile color to use throughout any floor plan. Think of a kitchen, white cabinets look nice against a dark wood floor as do gray cabinets. Beige, blue, and a sage green would also look flattering. They’re consistent and here to always be trendy.
5. White Cabinets
Anybody who tells you white cabinets are out of style is wrong. White cabinets have stood the test of time and can be modern, traditional, literally any style. They’ll always look good in the kitchen!
Sconces come in all shapes and sizes and styles but one thing has never changed – how popular they’ve been because of how convenient they are. Remember in old movies and t.v’s, the candles in the walls next to the beds? Thats how old they date back! They’ve come a long, long way!
For a classic yet updated look, I love using the Callie Acrylic Wall Sconce from Ballard Designs. The style reminds me of the history instilled in these little lights yet it’s modern enough to use in a variety of bedrooms.
The Amelie Sconce by Ballard Designs is another favorite and comes in both silver and black finishes, choosing from a single double, or triple light.
7. Exposed Brick
Think of the earliest time in history that you can remember learning about – what materials did they use on the buildings? Brick! Even the three little pigs used brick in the classic children’s tale. Bricks date all the way back to 7000 BC, making them one of the oldest building materials ever used. For this reason, exposed brick has withstood the test of time. From fireplaces to accent walls to entire apartments, brick can be designed differently to create different aesthetics. It’s classic and homey and will never be an interior no!
8. White Bedding
White bedding will always feel clean, comfortable, and look good in any bedroom. It offers a spa-like luxurious feel and people often want to use their bedrooms as an escape or place to relax and wind down. For this reason, white bedding is always a good idea! My personal favorite sheets are these anti-bacterial sheets from Miracle and my favorite comforter is this organic Merina wool one by Sleep and Beyond.
9. Hardwood Floors
Have you ever bought an old house or watched HGTV and the designers are over the moon about finding hardwood floor hiding under a carpet in the house? It’s almost like finding gold! If the floors are in good condition, which most are, they can easily be refinished to match your style and look amazing.
Sisal is a natural element widely used in houses all across the world. The warm tone of sisal will never get old. From rugs to baskets to coasters, sisal has been around since its first production in 1893 in Tanzania. We don’t see it going away anytime soon!
Ballard Designs offers a beautiful sisal rug, their Ceyanne Sisal Rug, in a variety of sizes and border colors. Definitely worth checking out if you’re considering adding a quality sisal rug to your home!
11. Gallery Walls
Gallery walls come from the French in the 1600’s and was first known as a salon wall, used to display different art canvas’s and patterns and textures. It could be the definition of interior design trends that will never go out of style. The trendy wall display idea eventually spread throughout the world and is known as a gallery wall. It’ll never lose it’s timeless appeal because it’s the perfect way to add personality to any space and can be designed in any way.
12. Wet Bar
Wet bars always seem luxurious and there’s no denying they’re the perfect place to entertain. Wet bars have long been popular and have always been used for the same thing – as an area to host guests and provide hospitable service. You can never go wrong with a wet bar!
13. Natural Elements
It’s a fact that natural elements always make a space feel more welcome, warm and inviting. Adding natural elements will enhance any space!
14. Black and White
Any designer will tell you how timeless black and white is. It creates drama in any space and always looks good with different styles, accents, fixtures, flooring, wall colors, etc.
15. Neutral Color Palette with Pop of Color
Although the pop of color in trend may change, a neutral palette with a pop of whatever color will not. There’s so many options when starting with neutrals which is why this trend will probably never go away. Painting walls, redoing kitchens and selecting large furniture in neutral tones are a great way to ensure you don’t have to redo it all again in five years.
16. Oriental Rug
Oriental rugs are absolutely classic. They were first designed in 1883 and they’ve only gained in popularity since then. England introduced the oriental rug, but it’s said that a real oriental rug is knotted in Asia. Whatever the case, oriental rugs will always be in. Rugs Direct offers an amazing selection of oriental rugs – check out my post about them here!
17. Tufted Headboard
The tufted headboard is always viewed as classic and elegant. It has undeniable style and can be the focal point of any bedroom. Tufted headboards never are a bad idea!
The Sinclair Effie Linen King Tufted Upholstered Headboard by Slumberland Furniture is both affordable and comes in various colors, making it the perfect option for a variety of rooms and styles!
18. Chaise Lounge
The chaise lounge was made popular during the 16th century in France. Aristocrats would use them to lounge and rest alone or with their friends. They were specifically designed by french furniture craftsmen and as you can imagine, looked a lot different than the modern chaise lounge we’re used to seeing now. They haven’t lost popularity, as they’re a good additive to both the bedroom and living areas.
19. Platform Bed
Platform beds were one of the first types of beds ever designed, which makes sense since they’re essentially a mattress sitting on top of a platform. There’s elegance in simplicity and a timeless aspect that we all love.
20. Neutral Walls
Have you ever followed a wall color trend and had to repaint 4 years later? Yeah, me too. Neutral walls will never go out of style – from whites, beiges, and grays. Instead, try switching up your accents and decor if you’re tired of the same thing!
21. Clawfoot Tub
When thinking about clawfoot tubs, the old luxurious ones come to mind. The keyword? Old. Timeless. Classic. Installing a soaking tub in your home will always feel luxurious and can be enjoyed for decades. If you’re looking for a modern soaking tub, I highly recommend checking out Modern Bathroom. I even made a post about my favorite free standing tubs!
From being used to cook your food on to being an amazing additive in any home, fireplaces have always been found in homes. People look for houses with fireplaces because it creates a sense of warmness and feels inviting. Installing a new fireplace in your home is never a bad idea and definitely deserving on our list of interior design trends that will never go out of style.
Don’t have a fireplace? Fireplace consoles like the Joshua Creek Barnwood console is a great substitute for the real-deal built in. To make it look even more regal, consider a larger statement fireplace such as the Celino Sandstone 3 Piece Fireplace.
23. Built In Shelves
Convenient and can match any style. Nobody complained about having “too much space” to put things! Built ins have always been popular and for great reason. We don’t see them disappearing anytime soon. Interior design trends that will never go out of style often are simple and can be used for more than one purpose.
24. Black Door
There’s something about a black door that just feels luxurious. It’s a statement area of the room, looks good with any style, and is timeless. If you’re considering painting a front door black but you’re worried it’ll be too dark – don’t. You’ll love it for decades to come.
25. Plush Rugs
Plush rugs will always look and feel comfortable and create an inviting space. When have you ever met a plush rug you didn’t like?
The Oatmeal Plush Rug, Stormy Grey Plush Rug, Moroccan Diamond Plush Rug, Polar White Plush Rug, and Midnight Ocean Blue Plush Rug are all sold by a company named Ruggable. Ruggable specializes in machine washable rug covers, making them the best choice for plush rugs!
26. Long Panel Window Curtains
These are popular for good reason. They can be simple, elegant, modern, classic, whatever your style is. They add definition to any area, create privacy, enhance window areas, and make the entire room look bigger. There’s so many benefits to panel window curtains, I could make this list much, much longer.
27. Crown Molding
Crown molding was popular in the Victorian era in the 1800’s and hasn’t faded out since. Since the industrial revolution, crown molding has become widely available and can add resale value to your house. Upscale and timeless, crown molding will always be in style.
28. Minimal Furniture
Not to be confused with the minimalist design. Minimal furniture simply means reduced clutter in the house. You don’t have big bulky pieces of furniture blocking the flow from room to room and it’s breathable. Minimal furniture will always be in style.
Touch of Modern is a company that sells everything from technology to furniture to jewelry and is always coming out with new, futuristic items. I’ve found so many minimal style gems on their app and they’re always changing their inventory. I recommend searching for minimal furniture through them!
29. Canvas Art
A good piece of canvas art can pull together an entire room. Often times, designers base an entire color palette off of a piece of canvas art. There’s so many ways to be creative when using this decorative element which is why its remained a popular interior design element for so long.
30. Decorative Mirrors
Mirrors have been used in gallery walls, bathrooms, bedrooms, to make rooms look larger, over mantles, etc. They’ve been a thing of the past, present, and future. Why? We need mirrors! That, and they come in all different shapes, sizes, patterns, and materials. It’s easy to find one that will perfectly compliment your home.
Most people wouldn’t think of Michaels as the first place to look for these kinds of mirrors, but they actually offer various styles and they’re affordable. I love using the Patton Wall Decor Round Ornate Accent Mirror in bedrooms and living rooms!
The wealthy in the 15th century medieval times used chandeliers that could be used from room to room. That’s the year 1400. Shortly after, they were designed for the palaces of the royal and resembled crowns and rings.
If there’s any light fixture that’s withstood the test of time, it’s the chandelier. Since it’s invention, it’s changed drastically. From crystal to glass to iron, chandeliers come in all shapes and sizes and they’re all beautiful. Chandeliers are definitely deserving on the list of interior design trends that will never go out of style.
You can have so much fun with chandeliers, but if you’re looking for a classic look, check out the Soren Chandelier by Ballard Designs. It comes in silver and gold finishes and you can choose which kind of shade you’d like if you’re going for that style. It’s versatility makes it a popular choice!
Another favorite of mine is the Bardot Chandelier with the brass finish. There’s something so elegant and sophisticated about this look – you can’t go wrong! If there’s any interior design trends that will never go out of style, it’s this classic chandelier.
I could talk about gorgeous chandeliers all day but the last one I’ll leave you with is the Piper Beaded Chandelier, it’s absolutely perfect for adding a natural element to your home or to accessorize a coastal beach home!
32. House Plants / Greenery
No plant lover has ever complained about too many plants. Aside from all of the health benefits you get by having live plants in your home, they make great decor. You can add them to any room, from bathrooms to bedrooms, to create a natural feel. Plants come in all shapes, sizes, and colors and will never be out of style! I’ve complied a list of 14 air purifying indoor plants that are easy to grow and highly recommended.
When something becomes antique, it means it’ll probably look good 75 years from now. It’s always a good idea to mix old and new, especially because the “new” decor you buy now probably isn’t made out of the same quality materials as the antique decor. Treasure these items and incorporate it within your design!
The shininess is what draws people in and have done so for hundreds of decades. Although the color of choice may change, the fact that metallics are in style will not. From brass to silver to gold, they’ll always make a great addition in any room.
35. Canopy Beds
Fun piece of history for you: In China, until 1911, the canopy bed was seen as the most important piece of furniture in your home. When the bride’s dowry was paid, it usually included a canopy bed! Although they’re not looked at as the most important part of your home, they’re still looked at as a timeless furniture trend. You can’t go wrong with a canopy bed, they add so much class and elegance to your bedroom!
The Picasso Black Nickel King Canopy Bed is one of my favorite canopy beds on the market because of how modern it feels. If you’re looking for a classic canopy bed to bring you back in time, you’d fall in love with the North Shore Dark Brown King Canopy Bed.