12 Timeless Furnishings That Never Go Out of Style
While trends are fun, most times they are fleeting. If you are looking for classic furnishings that will be just as stylish in 20 years as they are now, look no further! Here are some pieces that stand the test of time:
Originally designed to protect the occupant from drafts while sitting fireside, wingback chairs are still very versatile today. Although no longer exclusively used for hearthside use, they now nicely fit needs throughout the home, such as dining room captain’s chairs, stately chairs for a den, or a cozy reading chair in the bedroom.
Often referred to as the “work horses” or “statement-makers” of a room, rugs ground a space, pull a color scheme together and add softness. And there is no rug that works harder or makes a bigger statement than an Oriental one. These rugs fit in any room style, from contemporary to traditional, and evoke pure timelessness.
Though its origins go back to 18th Century England, the Windsor chair crossed the Atlantic becoming a mainstay in the American colonies, and it has remained a staple up until today. Most recently it has been used mainly in country and cottage styles, but because of its simple lines and elegant silhouette, designers are easily mixing it into other design styles making it even more versatile and timeless.
A timeless addition to any living space, the Chesterfield sofa is technically any sofa where the back and arms are equal height. Most often, however, the name conjures the iconic button-tufted upholstery, rolled arms and low seat base. The Chesterfield sofa brings a refined, yet relaxed look to any room — the perfect combo of formal and casual. Traditionally available only in leather, they are now offered in a wide range of fabric choices.
Developed in Medieval times as a simple wood board placed over folding legs, the Trestle table was designed to be easily put up and taken down. Although Trestle tables today are more permanent and stylish, they still serve the same basic function — a simple table where family and friends can gather to enjoy a meal or together time.
Designed specifically for warmth and privacy, the canopy bed’s origins are purely practical. While they are still styled with ethereal, dreamy curtains sometimes these days, most often designers nix the draperies and let the boldness of the structure stand on its own. This allows the bed to be incorporated with more styles — even the most urban of designs!
Aptly named because of the chair’s frame being bent into its curved shape, Bentwood chairs offer a minimal design that is elegant and effortlessly blends into just about any design styles and environments. Today, you will find them just as easily in a breakfast nook as you would a popular restaurant.
Leather Club Chair
With its origins in France, the club chair is one piece of furniture that will never go out of style. Why? Because it’s comfortable and creates an instant GQ-style! A favorite for game rooms, man caves and giving spaces a note of relaxed class, the club chair features classic curved lines, a low back and arms, and most often is upholstered in leather and nailhead trim.
Purposely built in tandem with the Shaker beliefs of honesty, utility and simplicity, Shaker furniture was made to be simple and sturdy in construction and appearance without any ornamentation. Fashioned from local American woods with simple turned-wood knobs, the minimalist style of the Shaker dresser remains a popular piece in cottage, traditional and transitional bedrooms.
Literally translated from French as “long chair,” the idea of blending a chair and daybed goes back to ancient Egypt and has been a standard ever since. There have been many versions of the chaise over the years, from overstuffed and tufted to sleek leather. This means you’ll have no problem finding a chaise to fit your personal aesthetic.
Whether a bookshelf, cabinet or desk, built-in furniture take the place of their moveable counterpart and become an essential part of the home’s architecture. They carry a natural timelessness in the way they create an easier flow in a space while also serving a utilitarian purpose and adding style.
The oldest bed design, platform beds are simply a mattress sitting on a raised platform. Because of their versatility, designers are able to incorporate them into many different styles. For contemporary or modern spaces, platform beds feature streamlined wood frames and a low headboard (or none at all), while traditional or transitional designs typically upholster the frame and adding a tall, simple headboard. Regardless, platform beds come in many forms, and never go out of fashion.