When you go into an older home that hasn't been renovated in a while, you'll notice all the poor, outdated design styles that only the original designer would appreciate. Pink formica countertops from the fifties, or earth-toned shag carpet from the seventies. It can be embarrassing to see in someone else’s home – how could they think that was stylish? – but it will happen to you too if you're not careful.

The media, T.V., and home improvement magazines alike all push the latest trends, promising that they will make your home more enjoyable to live in and greater in value when it's time to sell. But, sometimes the trends can go overboard, and what is popular now will be regretful later. If you go bold with the trends, you may find that they don't match everyone else's style when the trends change. And you don't want to be constantly changing your home decor as fast as you do your wardrobe. It's too expensive!

Compare newly built houses to older ones you like. What do they have in common? Design elements that have stood the test of time are the ones you should incorporate into your home decor. Some home elements that have never faded from style include:

  • Durable materials, such as hardwood and stone, used throughout the house
  • Greek and Roman-style arches, using the ‘Golden Ratio” of floor plan proportions
  • Simple floor plans with minimal extra design elements
  • Classic color schemes that go well together regardless of your furniture or decorations
  • Style that matches the era in which the home was built

Floor plans should be practical, and able to be altered with relative ease. Skip the statement and go for the simple. You'll make better investments for your home, and will still be happy with the design for years to come.

Need help planning your home renovation? Call your local Naffco Flooring & Interiors today! Our professional staff can help you pick the right materials for your upgrade, and can help match you with the right installation plan to meet your needs. We are here to help turn your house into a home you can be proud of.

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