In decorating I follow the same approach as I do dressing myself. A common mistake is the need to add extra bits or pieces before walking out the door. I think Coco Chanel said: “Take one piece of jewellery off before you walk out the door rather than putting one more piece on.”
In design this is a common phenomenon when I visit people’s homes. The initial consultation is always about streamlining the home. It is essential to do this before we can add the right extra pieces to the mix. These are my favourite ways to practise the “less is more” principle:
• Remember the more surface areas you can see clear from clutter, the larger and more impressive your home will appear.
• Less objects equals less housework. A home free from clutter always appears neat and makes dusting and cleaning a breeze.
• One large, even oversized statement piece looks more amazing than a collection of smaller objects.
• Group uneven numbers of different objects together to create a vignette rather than lining your possessions up in soldier formation.
• Remove the plethora of photo frames and treasured family snaps from surfaces around your home and create photo galleries in key focal locations.
• Do an evaluation of the objects you really love and want to display rather than trying to keep everyone happy.
• China display cabinets are a main focus in my plans for decluttering a client’s home. You might just uncover an amazing treasure.
• Remember each room or space should only need one or two key focal points. A great artwork, a rug and some cushions with one statement pot or sculptural element will give you the WOW factor.
• Let your home speak for itself if it is crafted from beautiful materials. Highlight features with natural or artificial lighting.
Once you start showcasing your possessions in this new way you will be so impressed with the results it will totally amaze you.
By Karen Creith