How to create interiors that will stand the test of time

Roddy Clarke

When styling your home it can sometimes be difficult to ensure it is in line with current fashions and trends. However, rather than focus on the latest crazes, it is much more satisfying to fashion a timeless interior that makes you feel completely comfortable.

By creating a strong foundation and remaining true to your personal taste, your home can remain effortlessly stylish for years to come.

Forget the latest trends and instead look for pieces which have a story behind them. Consider using pieces you have accumulated on your travels, or utilise family heirlooms that will fill your home with priceless memories. Invest in distinctive pieces that could also become heirlooms themselves. Whatever your approach, the time has come to be brave, bold and creative in your choices. But most importantly, the time has come to bring your personal style to the forefront of your home.

If this appeals to you, here are a few tips to help you get started:

Invest in Quality Craftsmanship

When looking to create a long-lasting interior, quality should never be compromised. Ever. This is not just from the perspective of pieces remaining intact, but also to provide yourself with a fresh appreciation for the art of skilled design.

Russell and Oona Pinch are the husband and wife team behind Pinch and they celebrate the truest form of handmade quality. Their collections contain show-stopping pieces, where every detail has been meticulously orchestrated by hand and combined into one amazing piece. Their work focuses on simplicity, which can be seen in the purity of their work and is sure to outlive passing trends and phases.

The Elan Armoire is a design masterpiece launched in their latest collection for the bedroom. Inspired by the female form, the design brings a touch of artistry to the bedroom. With nothing but copper plated handles and hinges, it is definitely a piece to remain with you forever.

Restore pieces which have personal significance to you

As a society we have become accustomed to a ‘disposable’ lifestyle. However, whether it is a piece which has been passed down through generations or an item that no longer fits with your scheme, look instead to giving it a new lease of life. Ask yourself whether it can be adapted or restored to its original glory? Style it in a way that makes it relevant to a modern interior, or if it is an antique or vintage piece, consider pairing it with contrasting contemporary shapes and colours for an eclectic edge.

If you don’t have a piece to restore but are looking for unusual pieces which have been repurposed, take a look at Retrouvius. Masters at repurposing, they have a great selection of pieces which would add unique charm to your home.

But if you do have the piece just not the restoration skills, contact Restoration Station who will be able to take care of this for you. The above light, for example, has been beautifully reconditioned and can be used as a statement piece in any room to add that magical ambience.

Buy pieces with a story you can connect to

When it comes to interior design, the importance of personal connections to each piece cannot be stressed enough. You want the item to evoke a memory or feeling when it is in your space. You may buy a design when you are on holiday, or you may visit a store or exhibition and feel inspired by a piece which draws you to buy it.

Martin Waller, co-founder of Andrew Martin, travels the world looking for one-off and unusual pieces and his showroom is bursting with an array of diverse artefacts and objects.

He says, “Don’t be scared to select pieces that are a true representation of you and your personality, these are the pieces that say something about you and your house. Plus, you know you will love them and this is what makes the distinction between a house and a home.”

Plan a visit to the showroom if you're looking to find a special piece to connect to. Find out the story and history behind it and then carry that forward into your home.

Go Bespoke

If you are looking to change your interior, take a look around the home and evaluate the purpose of each piece. Maybe you bought something to fill a temporary need, or to solve a design problem which no longer exists? Perhaps you purchased to follow a trend which has now passed?

When buying furniture, it’s sometimes hard to find the perfect piece for your space. You may buy a furnishing that is close to what you are looking for, but does not completely satisfy you. To create your perfect home, you need to focus on what suits your needs best and sometimes that can’t be found off the shelf.

When it comes to bespoke furniture, Benchmark are champions at working with clients to design and manufacture that one of a kind piece which will remain with you always. They also have their own collection which can be adapted to suit your needs too.

Design your own spaces

When it comes to areas such as kitchens and bathrooms it’s easier to add a more personal touch when you work with a designer who really collaborates with you. By having this input, into a kitchen or bathroom design where units are made to order for instance, you will add special touches and help generate that timeless feel.

Brands such as Naked Kitchens and Pluck are experts at creating designs that work for you. When your budget is tight, focus on elements such as the worktop, appliances and doors and save on other components such as the inner carcasses which won’t be seen. This means you will not only have a more tailored design but one that is more durable too. /

Attend workshops to create your own pieces

Another way of bringing in pieces which will stay with you for a lifetime is to go out there and design them yourself!

Brands such as Kana offer workshops where you can not only learn the art of moulding clay but also design individual pieces. These add beautiful touches to your home, and much satisfaction can be taken in the knowledge they are unlike anything else.

Want to change your interiors regularly? Look at ‘Harthing your Home’

Perhaps you enjoy changing your interiors regularly, adapting your space for different seasons or looks. If so, take note of Harth. Harth is the first platform in the world where members can rent furniture, interior design, art and sculpture directly from the world’s best brands, makers, galleries and each other.

You could bring a one-off gallery design into your home for the summer for added prestige and glamour, and then change it up for the winter, adding a collection of statement lights from brands such as Lee Broom or Tom Dixon. These are just a few of the brands available through the Harth platform, and they could be the solution to filling your home with pieces you never thought would share your space.

Creating an enduring interior can be challenging, however the task can be made simple by ensuring each space is personal. Be brave, bold and add flair to make it personally timeless.

Roddy Clarke is a Design Journalist and Interior Stylist. Email him at, follow him on Instagram @roddyclarkedesign