Updating your homes design and aesthetic with the seasons and trends isn’t always an achievable goal, usually because of time and financial constraints. If you would rather create a design scheme that has timeless appeal, this is the article for you. Paula Taylor, Head Stylist at Graham & Brown shares the secrets to achieving an interior design style that lasts the ages.

Determine the atmosphere you’re wanting to create

Firstly, decide on what kind of atmosphere and feeling you want to emulate in your home. Room by room, we suggest picking two or three words to describe the atmosphere you’d like to create. 

To do this, take note of your favourite themes from key trends. For example, does the energetic ‘dopamine décor’ style match up with your personality or would you prefer a more calming and serene atmosphere that the biophilic design or ‘scandi’ styles offer?

Use this as a guide to create your own aesthetic that has the potential to evolve with time.

Curate your colour scheme

Once you’ve decided the feel you want to create, picking the right paint shades and wallpaper designs is a key in bringing your desired aesthetic to life. 

There is no formula for the ‘perfect’ colour scheme for your capsule interior, but to ensure you create a complementary palette that avoids clashing shades, we recommend using colour theory. For a cohesive and understated scheme, select three colours that sit side by side to each other on the wheel

If bold and bright is more your thing, pick two colours that sit directly opposite each other on the wheel to create a contrast.

When to use wallpaper vs. paint

To apply the ‘capsule’ ethos to our homes, choosing a base that stands the test of time and reduces the need to frequently redecorate is key. 

With this in mind, opt for wallpaper in the bathroom or hallway, where it can actually last longer and scuff less than a painted wall would. 

Another way to build the perfect base for your home is to ensure you opt for the right material that meets your interior desires. For example, if you’re looking to add pattern and flare, choose where in the home you would like this to sit centre stage before selecting a patterned wallpaper design rather than paint.

Add accessories with the rule of three in mind

A tried and tested formula for interior design begins with three complementary colours which are placed in a room in the proportion of 60:30:10. Using this as a guide, 60% of your décor should be occupied by your main colour, 30% by a secondary complementary colour and 10% in an accent colour. 

Once you’ve picked your main colour which your paint and wallpaper adhere to, weave in your secondary colour. This should appear about half as much and can be tied in in the form of larger furniture pieces, rugs and light fittings. Inject your accent colour into a room by using cushions, throws or artwork.

Simple seasonal updates

The great thing about a capsule interior is that if done well, the base created through carefully planned wallpaper designs and paint will help to ensure you’re not often going to encounter clashing colours – even if you move things around. 

This means you can transform and tweak your home to move with the seasons, while relying on your trusty timeless base. To add in spring and summer touches, simply swap out fleecy cushion covers and throws for lighter materials. Just remember to consult your colour palette before adding in any seasonal swaps.

Thank you to Paula for sharing these tips to creating a timeless capsule design scheme through the home.

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