Monday, April 15, 2013

SIMPLE ELEGANCE

 


When you read my blog you will often read the word, simple, or simplicity describing a look, or feel of a room that I admire.

If I had to zero in on one look that I enjoy it would be understated, or simple elegance.

Design is subjective and what is simple to one, might be too complicated to another.

Today I want to share with you what I feel is Simple Elegance and how I define it…..


Nothing overstated here, classic pieces in a simple setting, Simple elegance.



Clean lines, neutrals, nice textural interest. Simple yet quietly elegant.



Strong , distinct contrast with the black and white as well as the more contemporary settee with the traditional wallpaper, and chandelier. Not overstated, just simply elegant.


I love every single element in this space. Each piece speaks equally in this room. 

There is balance, a nice mix of colors and textures. Wonderful contrast in the styles of furniture and the sconces and the chandelier. This room is quiet and simply elegant.



This is one of my all time favorite rooms. It has some very traditional pieces, symmetry, texture, contrast with dark and light. This room exudes simple elegance to me.

A few of the buzz words I used in writing this post that seem to be what makes a room feel simply elegant to me are:

  • CLASSIC LINES
  • TRADITIONAL AND CLASSIC PIECES
  • TEXTURAL INTEREST
  • SYMMETRY
  • CLEAN LINES
  • HIGH CONTRAST IN COLOR, LIGHTS AND DARKS
  • BALANCE
  • CONTRAST IN STYLES OF PIECES IN THE ROOM
Is Simple Elegance a style that you enjoy and try to achieve in your own surroundings?


 
 
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15 comments:

Wendi @ Classic Chic Home said...

You've done a great job describing what simple elegance means to you, Kathysue. If you can pinpoint your own unique decorating style and why you love it, it makes the decorating process much easier.
Great post!
~ Wendi

Patty Day @Pattys Epiphanies said...

Love this Post Kathysue.
Everything is SIMPLY ELEGANT !

Teresa at Splendid Sass said...

Gorgeous and yes neutral and laid-back beautiful, Kathysue! The first image takes me away!
Happy Monday.
Teresa
xoxo

Loi Thai, Tone on Tone said...

Love simple elegance!! Definitely the style I want for my clients and myself. Have a wonderful week, Kathysue!
xo
L

Debra Phillips said...

yes to simple elegance.......most days. others, i love a full collected look. oh to have a second home!
xo
debra

The enchanted home said...

Absolutely. Sometimes the simpliest things are the most elegant, less is more and you have nailed it with this beautiful post.

The Buzz Blog said...

In more ways than one! Our mother always said that elegance is not in the quantity but in the quality and a few great pieces can go a long way. Thanks for starting our week off with off in such a pretty way!
xxoo
C + C

Linda {Calling it Home} said...

This is exactly how I am feeling these days. I want to get rid of all the clutter and live with a simple design.

Donnamae said...

Great post...seems to reflect the way a lot of people are leaning these days, including me! ;)

vignette design said...

I love simple elegance too, especially the last picture of just an all-white chair with a straw basket of purple flowers. Are they stock? Simple and elegant and easy on the eyes!

Sharon @ mrshinesclass said...

Simple Elegance is exactly my taste and style.

Leslie said...

Wonderful post. I'll be pinning a few of these spaces ~ I like the black and white (contrast) as well, and the contemporary settee with the wallpaper.

Happy Monday!
xxleslie

Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

Beautiful post, Kathysue! That photo of the black and white staircase is one of my favorites!! Simple elegance is such a beautiful style!

Hope you have a wonderful day!

designchic said...

It's definitely my favorite look and what I always try to achieve (not always successfully). Gorgeous images...

SHERRY HART said...

Yes...I agree to everyone of those pictures....we are soul mates...classic, clean and simple.