Often times I find myself getting a little carried away with things around the house – adding little knickknacks to that random shelf, placing gifts on any table I can find, or hanging one too many plants on the wall (a weird problem, I know!) These tips from Kacey over at The Drifter Collective will help you learn how to simplify your style at home with ease.
How To Simplify Your Style at Home
Decorating your home can be fun, but sometimes you can get a little carried away. From colors to clutter, your space now feels more overwhelming than inviting.
Fortunately, there are many ways for you to simplify your style and regain that relaxing feeling your abode once exuded. Here are six steps you can take to make it happen:
1. Tackle Clutter First
It could just be that your home feels to busy because there’s a lot of stuff laying around. Clutter makes us feel cramped and disorganized, which are two sentiments you don’t want to experience while in your home.
So, take care of this element of disorder first. You can handle it in a number of different ways. Separate your excess items into piles of what you’d like to keep, what you can donate and what should go in the trash. Then, reorganize what’s left, ensuring that everything has a designated storage spot, so you’re never dealing with the clutter again.
Or, you can get rid of specific items that tend to make your home look busier than necessary. For example, emptying cereal boxes into clear glass containers makes your breakfast — and pantry — look much sleeker and simpler.
2. Go Back to Square One
What was your vision when you moved into your house? Chances are, you attained your current look with inspiration from other spaces you saw in design magazines, furniture stores or on sites like Pinterest.
Now that you’ve realized your space is no longer working for you, you can tackle it the same way you started. Put together a vision board of what you want for your home now as you grow and evolve. You might find you favor new colors, different patterns, sleeker furniture… whatever it is that signifies simplicity to you. This type of reset is the first step in creating a more minimalistic look in your home.
3. Cut Down on Patterns
Using a single pattern per room is passé: you should feel confident in mixing patterns to create a design scheme. But if you feel as though a space has become too busy, scaling back your mix-and-match look might be just the ticket.
The key here is to play around with what you already have. Take your couch, for example: perhaps you can take off a set of throw pillows at a time to see which pattern makes you feel less overwhelmed. You can do the same in other rooms — your bathroom might look better with a classic white towel against its patterned wallpaper. The crisp linens coordinate with everything, after all.
4. Incorporate More Neutrals
Perhaps your space is a bit too much because there are too many colors. A pop of brightness can be refreshing and unique, but a full palette of saturated hues can easily be too much. You can simplify your design by brushing a new neutral shade on the wall. Lighter, warm colors reflect light, making your space feel airier and bigger, which is what a more minimalistic design scheme will do, too.
If you want to keep the louder tones on your walls, think about other ways to bring neutrals into your home. A jute area rug or canvas sofa, for example, could be just the dose of simplicity a particular space needs.
5. Invest in Pieces You Love
Often, homeowners will inherit hand-me-down furniture or decorate with budget-friendly options until they have the budget to buy what they want. This can lead to a look that’s mismatched, to say the least. Because you’re craving uniformity, start using your decorating budget to invest in the furniture you love. Replacing the old with pieces that coordinate will instantly make your home look better — and much simpler.
Of course, this method might not be in the budget for everyone. In that case, try making changes to your existing pieces so that they look more cohesive. Creating a single statement piece or using only natural materials or neutral shades to tie everything together can make all of the difference, even if your rooms didn’t match at first.
6. Focus on Flow
A different color scheme for every room? This will make your home feel choppy and disjointed, as well as super busy. The final way to make your style simpler is to make your rooms flow from one to the next. An open layout allows you to do this without trying; compartmentalized spaces require a bit more thoughtful planning.
Once you’ve chosen your color scheme for one room — with its primary hue and accents — bring the same palette to the next. You can reuse all of the tones or carry the majority of them with a different accent shade, for example. But ensuring there’s a coordinating, colorful flow from space to space will make things feel like they go together without trying.
And that’s precisely what you’re going for with your lighter design touch. Simplicity is functional and beautiful, and you can master it with the above six steps.
Kacey Bradley is the lifestyle and travel blogger for The Drifter Collective, an eclectic lifestyle blog that expresses various forms of style through the influence of culture and the world around us. Kacey graduated with a degree in Communications while working for a lifestyle magazine. She has been able to fully embrace herself with the knowledge of nature, the power of exploring other locations and cultures, all while portraying her love for the world around her through her visually pleasing, culturally embracing and inspiring posts. Along with writing for her blog, she frequently writes for sites like US Travel News, Thought Catalog, Style Me Pretty, Tripping.com and more!