How to Achieve a Timeless Design

If you want to achieve timelessness in your bathroom design, there are two colour palettes that have proven to be the most widely accepted: muted natural tones or monochrome colour schemes. Natural, local timber tones (where using timber) and chrome tapware can be used to accent each palette.

The reason these two schemes are so appealing to us is based on psychology. We are most likely to feel at ease in environments that are familiar to us and do not elicit strong emotional reactions. Color is a highly subjective experience; what one person adores, another may despise.

To achieve timeless design for both now and in the future, choose colours and details that are already well-known and likely to remain so. Tones of sand, stone, earth, raw timber, etc., that remain relatively constant throughout the life cycle, are instantly recognisable as natural colours.

Colors that fall on either end of the monochromatic spectrum—black and white or pure color—are often well-received since they elicit the mildest emotional response. These are also the colours that will most likely be used in the future for plumbing fixtures such as sinks, toilets, bathtubs, and tapware.


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Color is important, but it’s only part of the equation. Shapes and textures complete the picture of a good design. When selecting tiles, for instance, it’s best to adhere to squares, rectangles, and penny rounds because these shapes are easily recognised as being typical of tiles. A timeless style would be undermined by the passing fashions of other shapes.

Does this imply that I believe all houses should be boring and colourless? Absolutely not! We love colour and think a house should be styled to reflect its occupants. You should consider using timeless design if the property is an investment or one you plan to sell in the near future. However if you intend to stay in the house for the foreseeable future, it should be decorated in a style that reflects your own personal tastes.