How to Achieve Simplicity
In home styling, simplicity doesn’t suggest that a room is empty, plain or childish. It means that you’ve achieved a balance and that the elements are in harmony.
To my way of thinking, when a room is in harmony, every single item makes the rest of the room happy. Like harmony in music, it’s all about what happens when the parts come together.
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Neutral tones create the perfect segue from the outdoor winter landscape into your home.
A settee with weathered wood and a pickled grey finish features traditional decorative elements. The soft edge of the heavily tufted oatmeal colored cushion sets off the elegant wood detail. A shaggy, casual pillow complements an ultra-glam satin and velvet pillow on the settee.
According to Feng Shui, one should always have a mirror in the entryway. Aside from tenets of ancient religions, placing a mirror in your home’s entrance allows you or your guests an opportunity to check appearances in passing. Mirrors also make rooms look larger.
A round metal-framed mirror is edged by tiny strips of bronze and gold, which are wrapped around the border as a frame. This remarkable piece has a vintage, hand-crafted feeling.
A distinctive entry rug in greys and neutrals brings together the other pieces in harmony. The diamond pattern is woven into the rug, adding another element of interest and harmony.
Relax into simplicity
Simplicity in our environment fosters a feeling of calm and order inside ourselves. Surround yourself with a festival of neutral tones to create an atmosphere of comfort and elegance.
Use furniture to define your living room area in an open floor plan space. Oatmeal-colored linen sofas feature tufting around the entire piece. A cable knit throw and pillows of contrasting fabrics and textures make for a cozy feeling.
Stunning ink-blot black and white chairs with exposed nail heads introduce a woven Ikat-inspired pattern to the room. A densely-woven wicker coffee table features carved wooden dove-grey legs with black glaze. A piece of mirror on top provides a beautiful surface for placing decorations, a vase or a cup of coffee. The geometric-patterned, traditional area rug pulls together the look while adding depth and warmth. The circles within the pattern are echoed in the distinctive design on the door of the curio cabinet. When combining patterns, make one big and one small – or use the same color palette. And, when in doubt, consult a professional.
On a sideboard, a painting of a horse with subtle blues compliments two polished deep-blue lamps with grey linen shades. The built-in entertainment center contains only antique books, which create beautiful patterns and designs, instead of a variety of objects.