“Less is More”
The notion of achieving an aesthetically pleasing interior while keeping a simplistic design is not an easy feat. It’s all about maintaining a strong impact through careful restraint. The idea of simplistic design comes from serenity and a lack of clutter. You want an inviting, warm space that showcases specific elements without overwhelming the eye. Think of it like this: each object needs space to explain its beauty and be appreciated. Constructing spaces with no excess a tricky talent to take up, but when done correctly, simplistic design is a true work of art. Follow these easy steps for the best “less is more” design.
1. Find unique elements & let them shine
This is potentially the easiest step, yet so often overlooked. Every home has elements that are unique to that home. These could be a rustic brick wall, large windows enhancing your natural lighting, or even a beautiful fireplace. Find your home’s character and work with it! Show off these elements by intensifying their beauty without overpowering them. (Keep it simple!) Often times we don’t appreciate the natural beauty in a space, but in reality each space should have a unique characteristic to work with. Dive into wood, stone, metal and other elements to bring out the simplistic design of your space.
2. Choose a stand out piece
Have fun with it! Create the feeling of excitement with an object or furniture that stands out from the rest of the room. Whether it’s by design, color or texture, stand out pieces create contrast that drives the eye to it immediately. Of course our favorite stand out trick is plants… who would’ve guessed? Every plant is unique, which is why they’re a great addition to use. The best part is you can showcase the vibrant colors & appearance of your plant with the Aspect, also extremely simplistic in design. Not only do they create a natural environment in your space, but also plants grab your attention if placed correctly. Use a fun, bold plant that emits energy and life. They’re great accent pieces to neutral spaces because the green color bounces off whites, blacks and browns. It is essential to remember a simplistic design should keep it to one conclusive stand out piece; otherwise your space can appear cluttered or unorganized.
3. Select furniture that is pure in design
This can be used broadly, which means you can take this into many different directions with your own flare. There is no need for excess furniture to fill up space, but rather pure furniture pieces that add a bold design are best. Simple sofas with a few throw pillows are a great way to add a pop of color to your space. Another trick is finding bedding that is neutral in color with a soft texture, enhancing the feeling of a simple yet welcoming space. When deciding on furniture, consider clean lines because they will provide your space with tranquility. Your space should not appear busy if you keep it compact. Keeping a pure, simple furniture scheme creates the feeling of relaxation and serenity in your space.
4. Space is essential
Just like we need personal space, our homes need space to flow. Sometimes we try to incorporate so many elements into a space that we love. The problem with this is the lack of cooperative movement between each element. By giving a room simple, but well thought out furnishings, the flow becomes natural and concise. Basically, you don’t want objects competing for attention. Some examples could be a bold light on a nightstand alone, one-piece decor on a wall with clean lines or simply utilizing your space with minimal furnishings. If you have a large living room for example, let each chair or sofa breathe with its own space. No need to maximize the space with multiple options to sit, but rather find one large piece potentially accompanied by one or two smaller pieces depending on the size of your space.