Decorate With These Timeless Pieces, and Your Home Will Never Look Dated

It's always tempting to rush to the nearest big box store or to scour the hottest quick ship deals online when shopping for furniture, but there's something to be said about homes that are furnished over time with pieces that have the capacity to outlive their owners. Take notes from the French, who are known to pass on family heirlooms from one generation to the next and rarely make furniture purchases on a whim. Instead, they slowly decorate over time with a mix of antiques, vintage pieces, and newer items that are known to stand the test of time.

So how do you know what kind of items are worth investing in, and how do you know if a piece of furniture will last you decades, centuries, or merely a few months? One could argue that it all lies in the construction of the piece, from the wood that is used to the glue that binds it together and the layers that create the soft seating. It can have something to do with how the materials age, from the patina of solid brass or the quality of the leather. It can relate to the shape of the piece and how likely it is to stand the test of time aesthetically. The following pieces have proven to have outlasted many decades already—and in many cases, they have become heirlooms in hundreds of houses. Add these vintage home items to your décor, and you can be sure that, just like the red lip in Taylor Swift's song, they will never go out of style.