You know the stuff you pull out when your friends or family come over that was a gift and you don't want to hurt their feelings to suggest you don't like it, so you display it when they arrive? How about the one-off candle holders you get as presents (everyone gets those). Or, just about anything you are simply not thrilled with anymore. When I sense that is the case with a client or perhaps it's just dated, I'll ask "How long have you had this?" if the response is "more than 10 years", that's when I say "Then let's get rid of it, that's long enough".
After 10 years, most everything is dated anyway, unless your home is filled with antiques. Joni from Cote de Texas recently wrote the best post ever on creating a timeless room. It's the continuation of a series she is compiling on the Top Ten Design Elements that creates a beautiful room. Click here to read.
Joni goes on to say "One question a designer gets asked over and over again is, "I want to decorate my room, but I want it to last, I don't want it to look dated or trendy in five or ten years." I always say - impossible. Everything dates in ten years. Each decade is easily identified by its furniture styles and fabrics. The only way - the absolute only way to avoid having a totally passé look in ten years is to decorate using classical antique shapes: use Louis XV and XVI chairs, use antique English side tables with barley twist detailing, bring in antique consoles and cabinets. Simply said, the more antiques in your room, the less trendy it will be and the more current it will look for many years to come."
Is this look expensive? Yes, I just about fell over when I found out how much it's going to cost to recover the chairs I bought for my dining room.
So over to you my lovelies, what do you think contributes to a timeless room?
A note based on the comments: I'm not saying everything that is dated should be toast every 10 years, I'm really talking about gifts that are 10 years old that you may not be in love with in addition to mistakes or furniture you may have inherited that no longer make you happy! I'm simply suggesting that 10 years of looking at it is plenty long enough.