Off whites and other neutral shades usually work best as a base colour, with the addition of other colours as accents, or use traditional shades of darker colours such as navy and black. Natural materials such as stone or wood are clever choices for flooring, and are hard-wearing so will last. The addition of rugs will reduce noise and provide comfort underfoot, and can help define specific areas in a larger space.
When choosing furniture think ultimately of the function it needs to fulfill, employ clever storage and always go for quality over quantity when making buying decisions. Items chosen from different eras look good juxtaposed together - think inherited items, well-chosen pieces and some quirkier finds. Remember too the importance of lighting and make the most of natural lighting, then enhance your space with a variety of additional light sources.
Traditional Living Room by Barrie Interior Designers & Decorators Staples Design Group
Ultimately though, choose things that make you feel comfortable and relaxed in your home, for those you will want to keep, and will become an integral part of your 'timeless' design.
Beautiful lighting, cushions & decorative accessories are available from Bayswater Interiors