Sunny with a side of light and airy? The right combinations of colors (and lack of them), lightweight materials, lighting, rugs, and accessories can create that simple yet comfortable look you want for your own home. Follow these simple steps.
1. Paint clean and light colors.
Light doesn’t have to mean “white”, but you really can’t go wrong with it in any room. It creates the canvas or backdrop for everything else in your room. If you’re not completely sold on white, try a whisper of green, blue, yellow, or even lavender. Pale neutrals will set the mood too. Showcase a few pieces of artwork for the walls and frame them simply; artwork should be large enough to hold their own on the wall yet not be overwhelming.
2. Add a dash of bright color.
Apply the 90/10 rule: use 90 percent white (or whichever light color you’ve chosen) throughout your room and add a dash (10 percent) of a bright and happy color. Go with your gut.
3. Let the sun in.
We aren’t all lucky enough to have skylights, or bay windows, or even big windows, but make the most of what you have. Banish the heavy drapes and opt for cheery sheers. Need more coverage at nighttime? Plantation shutters offer the best of both worlds. A chandelier or wicker ceiling fan or even just white ceiling fan blades.
4. Delight in lighter fabrics and furnishings.
Dark, thick fabrics (and leathers) need to exit to make way for the stylish sofas and sectionals in light-colored or muted patterns. Bookshelves can take on a more modern, artsy look by removing volumes and artfully placing a few personal objects d’art.
5. What’s underfoot?
White or some kind of light-colored flooring or carpeting is ideal, while hardwoods of any color will provide that much-needed organic feel. An area rug can serve to lighten up the room too, as well as a textured or patterned rug if you choose.
6. Go au naturel.
Speaking of organic, by all means, go au naturel. Touches of green and anything living will ground your room with a modern earthiness. A potted plant will work wonders.
7. Eliminate clutter and mess.
At all costs, declutter your room and unravel that mess. Kill the knickknacks. Show only the pieces that are useful, or that you just adore. Nothing says “zen” like a carefully placed storage basket keeping all the loose ends at bay.