I’m sure you have heard the saying, “Less is more”, right? And when it comes to decorating that is not always true. Layering decor is more and is good and texture upon texture is good too! But less is more can be a good thing when we think about the beauty of simplicity! Then less is best. And the more I decorate the more I appreciate simplicity and breathing space in a room. Today let’s talk about when less is best…
I’ve been thinking about the less is best adage since my fall home tour. After I edited my pictures to go into the post I knew something was “off” in the back of my home. Actually, I’ve really known it for awhile but have been so busy with work I only gave it a passing thought.
Here is the back of StoneGable dressed up for a fall home tour…
And here is how a portion of my breakfast nook looks now…
The open shelves have come down. Although I LOVED them and had so much fun styling them they were quite a distraction. Honestly, they were just too much.
Because the breakfast nook sits between the kitchen and the family room it needed to have the less is best precept applied to it! Taking down the open shelves created the calm the breakfast nook needed!
The bar is a fixture so it stayed! And so did the planked wall. I added a large mirror with a galvanized frame that I had in the basement. It’s so unique.
I really did not have a place for it when I bought it but I knew that I would use it. I’m so glad I could make that future projection! Because it works well in this area.
The bar holds a large pottery lamp, a basket with books and a topiary in it and a framed prayer. Simple, monochromatic and straightforward!
And now it is a restful place between the busy kitchen and the family room.
If you are not feeling great about the decor in one of your rooms you may need to simplify it. Here’s how to tell…
- when you feel anxious when you walk into a room
- when a room feels cluttered to you
- when a room feels off-balance
- when its hard to see through a room into the next room because your eyes get stuck looking at things in front of you
- when things in a room are too matchy-matchy
- when color and or texture is not evenly distributed throughout the room
- when too many collectibles get distracting
- when you have wallpaper on the walls
And if you want a less is best look here are a few ways to get a calmer, simpler look…
- take everything out of a room and add one thing back at a time. When your room starts looking or feeling just the littlest bit full stop don’t add anything else. Edit what is in the room until it looks serene and simple.
- Go with bigger and fewer items as opposed to lots of little things. Not only will a room look much more restful it will also have a more updated look
- absolutely no clutter
- limit the color palette of a room
- stay away from lots of different patterned fabric
- add a plant, just one!
- take down heavy window treatments
My best advice for you is to take pictures with your smartphone and study them. It’s amazing what a photo will show you that your eyes may not be able to pick up.
Do you want a less is best room or even home? Use these tips to help you and get busy!
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