Here at homify we love to feature unusual, luxurious and original homes.
We put together guides to creating unconventional and striking looks for all areas of the home; we love originality, and showcasing diversity.
However, great interior design doesn’t have to scream in your face, it can also whisper gently in your ear. There can be beauty in simplicity, and an understated home that speaks to you is a true example of great interior design.
Perhaps understated has been underrated, so today we’re looking at how you can create a subtle, and simple home.
First and foremost think about the colour scheme; bold or clashing colours don’t scream subtlety! White may be the best choice, but a low key colour scheme of neutral tones will work equally well.
Less is more. If you aim is simplicity then think minimalist.
It’s important to pick the right style for your home, and then to think carefully about how that style is executed. A more understated, Scandinavian style will help to shape a simple, subtle home, but electric will take your home in the other direction by incorporating brighter colours and different styles.
Building on point two, don’t ruin your hard work by filling the minimalist home you’ve created with unnecessary clutter. Get rid of anything nonessential, and make sure there’s ample storage so that you can maintain an organised home.
Speaking of storage, concealing it will give the room a simple, tidy look without the need to downsize in your possessions.
In many cases, we would advise against purchasing entirely uniform furniture, but if simplicity is your aim then coordination is the key.
Consider carefully the layout of each room, and make sure it is designed to maximise space; removing any unnecessary items of furniture.
Forgo any outlandish art pieces and opt for one or two subtle pieces that blend with the room.
Get the light right with subtle fixtures. Think spotlights and not chandeliers.
Taps, sinks and hardware may seem like small details, but they impact the room’s overall feel; opt for classic, modest items.
We’re putting our foot down when it comes to flooring; it must be wood or plain, darker tiles. Wood effect laminate works just as well on a budget.
Coordinate your cabinetry and opt for a simple kitchen counter. The above kitchen creates a big impact with its distinct style, but if subtly is your aim then avoid bold colours!
For more helpful home design hints check out this guide to creating a coherent and flowing home.