Are you thinking of living the simple life? Are you ready to get rid of all of your excess clutter and to have a clean, austere living space? Here are some interior decorating tips to have you well on your way to getting that simple living space that you are looking for.
Let us start with the kitchen
You cannot go wrong with stainless steel. Go for a stainless steel fridge and other appliances. Pick out a stainless steel countertop or backsplash. You can even go with stainless steel cabinets. Of course, you do not want everything to be made of stainless steel – that would be a bit of overkill. Choose just a few components, and try to keep everything else simple. Pick out clean, white cabinets with no extra detailing, for instance.
Just because you have decided to have a modern, clean-cut home, it does not mean that you cannot have any color. You can use a little color – “little” being the key word. Keep your walls a solid color of light grays, light beiges, whites, or maybe even a grayish blue or grayish yellow. Try to keep these colors muted. You can, however, pick out one bold painting to hang on your wall — maybe a painting of giant, bright orange poppies, for example, with no other paintings or pictures nearby. There is no reason to overcrowd your walls. Choose a painting that you love, because it is really going to stand out!
Stick to tiles, hardwood, bamboo, or even concrete if possible. A light colored carpet is also fine, but it does not give the cold, clean look that these other floors do.
Storage is key when you are living the simple life of decorating. There must be a place for everything and everything in its place. It must be possible to fully hide your TV and all wires and gadgets that go along with it. The same is true of stereos and other such equipment. Nothing will ruin the look that you are going for, quite like items that have strayed from their proper places. All clothes must be in the closet, toothbrushes in the cabinet, books in the book cases, pots in the cabinet, etc.
Get rid of any extra, unnecessary items that you have. You will be amazed at how great it feels to finally get rid of your college philosophy notes, old letters, old clothing, old presents, and other items that you no longer need (nor did you ever really need them…) The less “stuff” you have, the easier it will be for you to keep your stuff tidy and put away in your storage spaces.
Keep the number of decorations that you have very limited. You only need one or two paintings on a wall, one item on a fireplace mantle, no items on the coffee table, etc.
Pick out furniture with straight, clean lines. No fluffy couches, no floral patterns, no extra and unnecessary pillows. Few round tables. Leather couches are a great choice. Have as few pieces of furniture as possible.
You will love leading the clean and simple life. When you wipe your home free of clutter, it is like wiping your entire mind – your entire life – free of clutter, as well. Nothing can open up your room (or your life) and make it seem bigger, quite like following the aforementioned tips can.