Design Classics

Trying to keep up with passing design trends is a job in itself, which is why we’ve picked five interior classics that will outlast passing fads. Whatever your taste and budget, these traditional pieces will last a lifetime and continue to get better with age.

An oak dining table

A true interiors stalwart, the oak dining table is a true investment piece and fast becomes the heart of the kitchen. The Amsterdam design from Next has all the characteristics of a suits-any-interior table but features modern industrial-inspired metal legs for a thoroughly modern touch.

Eclectic rugs

Nothing adds texture like an array of layered-up rugs or runners. Whether you prefer traditional Oriental styles or like something a little more minimal, a well-placed rug will add a homely touch to any room and fades fashionably with age. This hand-dyed durrie rug from French Connection has a vintage-style feel and features a beautiful palette of faded shades.

Statement mirrors

It’s a well-known trick of the interior design trade that a mirror bounces light back into the room, making it appear instantly bigger. It makes sense then to invest in a large, statement style to open out your space – try leaning a freestanding mirror against a free wall for an elegantly eclectic finish.

A traditional sofa

Traditional furniture is a safe bet if you’re seeking something to last a lifetime. Whether you choose to invest in a grand four poster bed or a classic Eames chair, a beautifully designed statement piece will age beautifully in any home. You can’t go wrong with a classic Chesterfield sofa like this one – the old-fashioned frame and buttoned back look great in any living room.

A table lamp

Anglepoise have been crafting their iconic table lamps for 80 years now, and their design expertise shows in the sleek shape and modern features of these famous lights. In various colour and texture combinations, a sleek table lamp looks amazing in any room of the house. Considered a true design classic by interior experts, they lend class to pared-back spaces and are made to last a lifetime.