Life gets more complex as we age. We have more bills, more debt, more responsibilities, and more stuff. And by stuff, I mean everything from necessary possessions (like phones and computers) to those things that have sentimental value (that chipped ceramic plate your child painted in elementary school), and things that have no value (those boxes of receipts dating back to the 1980s and the food storage items that expired 10 years ago). If you’re still in a New Year’s resolution mode, you might think about adding one more goal to the list: simply your life.
In interior design, a simply, minimalistic look is in style. Gone are the days when opulence was marked by gold leaf ceilings, massive fringed table lamps, and heavy jacquard drapes. Today, the mark of a well-off home is one with an open concept, lots of light, and a tasteful amount of accessories and other decorations. In fact, simplicity in design has come very much to the fore, though that doesn’t mean it should be simplistic.
Simplicity Not So Easy To Achieve
Samito Jalbuena, interior design contributor to the Business Mirror, explained, “Minimalism trumps maximalism not merely because homeowners want to get rid of clutter, but because simplicity is simply beautiful to look [at] and harder to achieve.”
Choose A Few Choice Pieces
One key to this is that some of the highest quality furniture is not ostentatious, nor does it boast of its wealth. It communicates its worth through subtlety, like a fine rich wine. Opulent offices, for instance, will have a lot of natural light, in contrast to the smoky, dark dens of yesteryear. Their furniture will be leather and likely Italian in origin. Jalbuena suggested, “Own only a few choice pieces; if you want more get more room.” Cluttering your space with many pieces of expensive furniture is not the answer to how to communicate a classic, tasteful style. Having a more carefully selected, smaller number of furnishings allows visitors to appreciate the aesthetic value of each piece.
Utilize The Corners
Jalbuena also warned homeowners not to underestimate the usefulness of the corners of a room. A room’s focal point doesn’t have to be front and center. It can radiate from one corner like spokes in a spider’s web that circulates and draws the viewer’s attention to the highlighted piece of furniture or artwork.
Maintain A “Romp Room”
And finally, if you have a really stubborn messy streak that just begs for outlet, allow yourself the indulgence of what Jalbuena referred to as a “romp room.” He said, “If one is really a beast with clutter, provide yourself with a romp room where you may indulge in all your untidy fantasies. Horror vacui here, but perfection out there.”
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