Timeless & Classic Define Contemporary Interiors

Posted on | October 6, 2011 | 5 Comments

Earlier this week, I was catching up my good friend, Minta Bell, principal of the Chapel Hill based firm, Minta Bell Design Group. We were talking about words that are used to describe interior design. One thing Minta pointed out was that people typically use the words “classic” and “timeless” to describe traditional interiors – yet those words can and should describe contemporary interiors as well. They too, stand the test of time.

Images Courtesy of Minta Bell Design Group Michael Zirkle Photography

While Minta is talented in all styles of design, I have always been drawn to the clean lines of her contemporary interiors. I asked her how she establishes the timeless aspect of her contemporary spaces.

“I approach a contemporary project the same way I approach a traditional project,” explains Minta.  “I begin by determining what the layout is going to be. The goal is an interior that is comfortable and inviting. Part of that involves carefully editing it with items that give it a personalized feel – things like artifacts, pottery, art, hand blown glass, and antiques.” Acquiring items that do not easily go out of style contributes to the timelessness.

“I encourage my clients to purchase art that is ‘real,’ says Minta. “Even if you can only afford to buy one piece of art – do it. Avoid spending your money on things that date your home. Remember that by definition trends are things that don’t last. You will never go wrong selecting contemporary furniture with classic lines – even as you change your color scheme, these items will stay. They are ‘classic’ and ‘timeless’.”

Images Courtesy of Minta Bell Design Group Michael Zirkle Photography

Interestingly, as Minta mentioned the classic lines of contemporary furniture, one of her dining rooms came to mind. The first time I saw it was perhaps 7 or 8 years ago. I never forgot it.  Classic and timeless? You decide – it’s pictured above.

A design firm that responds to the diverse needs of the Triangle Area, Minta Bell Design Group establishes a close working relationship with their clients throughout the project.

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5 Responses to “Timeless & Classic Define Contemporary Interiors”

  1. Elaine Bowlin
    October 13th, 2011 @ 11:07 AM

    Wonderful article Liz. Your observation regarding contemporary furniture and it’s additions to the “classic and timeless” family do exist! Thank you for sharing the photographs(with the furniture pieces as proof)they are beautiful!

  2. Liz Hughes
    October 13th, 2011 @ 11:13 AM

    Thank you, Elaine. Minta definitely reveals the timeless side of contemporary design.

  3. Amy Vermillion @ Martineau Vermillion Interior Design
    October 14th, 2011 @ 9:50 AM

    Great article on Minta…she is a talent and I agree with her assessment of timeless being applied to contemporary as well as traditional.

  4. Becky Lowry Lewis
    October 19th, 2011 @ 11:36 AM

    This dining room designed by Minta is the perfect example of “classic” contemporary design. The Fluted low cabinet and Oval X Back dining chairs designed by Barbara Barry for Baker in the late 1990′s are timeless pieces which are still being sold today. This room represents a perfect combination – Minta’s descriminating taste and the best in furniture quality and design.

  5. Liz Hughes
    October 20th, 2011 @ 4:30 AM

    Great comments Becky. Quality furnishings and quality design that complement each other so well.

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