Simple is Best

One thing that I have learned while doing design projects is that when it comes to the big pieces, simple is best. Don’t get me wrong, my favorite part of design is picking out beatifully patterned fabric and the perfect accessories. However, when it comes to the more expensive, bigger pieces…the sofas, chairs, bedding, etc….simple is best. This does not mean that everything in your home has to be white or cream with no pattern or color. Just find ways to infuse the color and patterns with pillows, paint, and fabulous accessories. In doing so, all you will have to change when the Ikat and Trellis patterns of today are out of style are your accent pillows. This tip can save you thousands of dollars! Here are some examples:

This is the bedding we plan to use in a master bedroom at the lake. They want clean with pops of funky patterns and color:
busing master bedding

You may be wondering how this fits the description of “pops of color”. It doesn’t…but this is just our simple, classic back drop that will be able to last for at least 10 years without going “out of style”. The plan is to insert the pops of color with our pillows. The duvet shown will be folded at the end of the bed. A classic white PB pickstich quilt will go underneath the duvet. We will use the Ikat pattern shown for Euro shams, use the standard shams from the bedding shown, and finish off with a green PB classic button pillow in the front. The classic striped pattern shown will go on a bench at the end of the bed. The striped pattern on the bench should pass the test of time as well, but I do think the bench could be a funky accent piece that you could recover in the future if you prefer.

Here is another example. I used a cream colored quilt from Anthropologie and a timeless ticking stripe duvet at the bottom. The bed is accented with Ikat and Trellis patterned pillows that I can change whenever I feel like I want a new look.
Pillows After

Simple brown leather couch with color and pattern in pillows:

Cream slipcovered sofa accented with patterns in pillows:

Khaki couch with pillows and accents:
Table and Candles

Classic white bedding dressed up with pillows and accessories:
Beach Bedroom

White linen couch/chair with color and pattern in accent pillows:
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