Do you want a home that looks peaceful, spacious, and beautiful? Here are 7 best decorating ideas for creating the uncluttered, attractive look we all love!
Let’s chat about the best and easiest ways to create a pretty home that looks fresh and uncluttered! And no, I’m not talking about cleaning or organizing, at least not today! Here are 7 easy tips you can use in your home right now that will help you create a sense of peace and space and beauty! It’s all about an uncluttered home!
These 7 tips are easy to do in your home! Let’s get started…
DECORATE FLAT SURFACES THE RIGHT WAY
The flat surfaces in your home, like coffee tables, end tables, buffets, nightstands and consoles are magnets for lots of stuff!
So let’s get to it and unclutter them one at a time!
First of all, take off anything that does not belong on them. Just grab a box or basket or bag and put all the clutter offenders in there. You can put away anything in the clutter box later.
We, as home decorators often overdecorate! And adding more decor to our flat surfaces just make it look cluttered!
Think about adding three things to a flat surface. There is magic in threes! Our eyes love to look at three things! Or things grouped in threes!
A lamp sits on the left side of the buffet leaving the center and the right side of the buffet for me to decorate with mostly seasonal items.
There are three distinct groups of items on the buffet.
And our dining room table is uncluttered but still has a few interesting items on it.
Even a mantel can benefit from an uncluttered look!
Think about creating a clean and uncluttered look on all your flat surfaces! They will look so much nicer!
Read more about THE RULE OF THREE here.
LESS IS MORE DECORATING is one of my favorite posts about how to decorate your home using less “stuff” for an even prettier looking home!
USE LIGHT LAYERS
Adding layer upon layer of decor is an old-fashioned way of decorating. Our goal should be a beautiful, curated home using only what we love. And using the things we love sparingly!
Add layers, for sure, but use a light hand.
Layers of decor add lots of interest but if there is too much decor to look at or look through our minds become confused and tired. And there is nothing pretty about confused and tired.
Decorating an uncluttered home is not hard at all. Layers of decor should be almost unnoticeable.
Look at the table in the image below. What is your eye drawn to?
You probably said the thing on the table.
Did you notice the burlap table runner? Maybe not.
It too is a layer that makes up the decor on our dining table. But it’s not that noticeable.
Just think how different the vase of tulips and the brass candlesticks would look without the nubby burlap under it to add a bit of visual support to the overall look of the table. That burlap table runner is such an important layer in the table decor!
That one light layer does not distract from the beauty and effect of the large planter!
Most home decorators (and designers too) tend to overdecorate! It’s a good idea to look at a flat surface you have decorated and think about taking away what might be unnecessary!
Here is a very helpful post about HOW TO BREAK THE OVERDECORATING HABIT.
Learning to use a light hand layering the decor in your house will actually make your home much more attractive!
ADD FLOWERS AND ORGANICS
Adding flowers or other organics will create uncluttered beauty in your home.
Flowers, real or faux are such amazing attention grabbers they don’t need the support of a lot of other decor!
They are an instant mood lifter and every room looks prettier with a bunch of flowers.
A big wooden vase of faux sunflower is a beautiful uncluttered look in our living room! No wonder I pull out these sunflowers every late July and add them to our decor through early fall!
And look at the impact a vase full of summer flowers has on a kitchen counter!
Flowers and plants and seasonal organics make the best accent decor of all!
THINK ABOUT MAKING EVERY SPACE BE FUNCTIONAL AND LOOKING UNCLUTTERED
Are there areas in your home that tend to get messy or because of use go from looking nice to a disaster in no time at all?
My coffee station used to be a big offender! Not only is this area in our home used hard, it was overdecorated which made it look cluttered and hard to clean up.
This was an area I needed to be functional and I wanted it to look uncluttered and pretty too!
So I took all the coffee paraphanalia and decor off the counters and wiped them down. I only added back what was necessary for making coffee. It looked so much neater and uncluttered.
Then I added a light layer of decor to the station, a white platter and a little milk jug with a hydrangea bloom in it!
Now I love how my coffee station looks! It is functional, and looks uncluttered and pretty! And I’ve been able to maintain this uncluttered look for over a year!
I’ve used this same technique with my office desk (the biggest clutter offender in our home), our nightstands, the bathroom countertops and sink and more!
I did the same for the items I needed near my stove.
It’s amazing how easy it is to create functional areas that are look uncluttered and attractive!
KEEP THE PILLOWS FLUFFED
Here I am taking about pillows again! However, pillows are such an important part of our decor and they get squished, disheveled, tossed on the floor and generally abused as we use our sofas, chair, benches and beds!
Right not I’m looking in our family room as I’m writing this post and the poor pillows that just last night were fluffed and lovingly styled are now bunched up together and look very sad! Bunched together on one side and obviously laid on until the are flat as pancakes.
And that’s okay because Bobby was laying on the sofa working on the computer all morning! I like that he was comfortable and the pillows are used.
But for me, it’s not okay if they stay that way. At least once a day, really more, all the pillows in my house that have been used and abused get a good fluff and are restyled.
It does not take a lot of time or energy to fluff them back into shape and put them back where they belong. And nicely styled pillows go a long way keeping the rooms they are in looking lovely and attractive.
TIGHT COLOR PALETTES EQUAL UNCLUTTERED LOOK
Did you know that the when you decorate with fewer colors your room will look less cluttered and more attractive?
Three to five main colors is the sweet spot for a room’s color palette. Just like lots of layers or way too many items on a table, too many colors in a room looks confusing and unattractive to our eyes!
Keep the color palette of the rooms in your home tight and it will help them look uncluttered.
USE WHAT YOU ALREADY HAVE
Instead of bringing new decor and furnishings into your home think about shopping your house when you want something new or feel the need to change the decor in a room!
Don’t add more decor just swap it out!
I use this tip almost daily! I’m always snooping around the basement for a vase or looking in other rooms to trade out a pillow. Or changing out one lampshades for another.
Instead of adding to the piles of things I already have I love to rediscover a candlestick or find a box of faux tulips that I have not seen in a year!
Creating a home that looks inviting and attractive and uncluttered should be the goal of decorating!
Put these tips into practice and you will begin to see how pretty and uncluttered and fresh your home will look!