Monday, August 12, 2013



So True

Simplicity in design is not always an easy thing to do well. Just because there are usually less pieces to deal with, does not mean it is easy to  achieve an interesting and cohesive design.

I often use the term, Simple-Understated-Elegance, referring to my preferred style.

Today I am taking it a step further by showing you images of rooms that I find, “Simple!” Simple, yes, but very well designed.

plank walls  metal framed chandeliers simple, interesting

At first glance you will notice there is not a lot going on in the room, but look more closely at each, and every element, and how beautiful it marries to all the other elements in the room, producing a simple and cohesive design…….

Pure Style Home
Designed by Lauren Liess, Pure Style Home blog.

breezy hallway

collins interiors : bungalow

Architectural Digest - bedrooms - vaulted ceiling, French doors, transom, windows, tan, walls, ivory, drapes, fireplace, white, sofa, white, ottoman, striped, chairs, bedroom sitting area, bedroom lounge area,

Guest room-simple-all white

VERANDA simple kitchen, yet stunning at the same time. Bench seating, chandelier

love it all


I noticed in studying each image that there were certain qualities that they all offered……….

  • Interesting architectural details
  • Varied textures
  • Furniture silhouettes were varied
  • Quality pieces were used, but kept to a minimum
  • Patterns were kept to tone-on-tone geometric patterns
  • Each piece of furniture in the room had a function
  • Neutral backgrounds

Less is sometimes More!

If you would like to see more of what I think equals SIMPLICITY go…



La Vie Quotidienne said...

Oh! I love the second kitchen with the beautiful antique table and chateau-like setting.

Patty Day @Pattys Epiphanies said...

These rooms are perfect!
Love the way textures play such an import role.
The large bedroom is so appealing!
Great of my favorites!

Teresa at Splendid Sass said...

I have tried and tried to get this look, but I can't give up certain pieces, and I continue to add.
I love each of these room, Kathysue.

Leslie said...

Gorgeous images. I find the tone on tone, neutrals are so calming particularly in the bedroom. I try to keep the objects/clutter to a minimum as too much makes me cranky:) I can think more clearly when things aren't too crowded. This look is tough to replicate.. especially when you've got a family:) but I think it's one that many of us strive to achieve.


Loi Thai, Tone on Tone said...

I totally agree, Kathysue!! Simply beautiful. And so serene!
Happy Monday.
x Loi

Debra Phillips said...

and your images so succinctly made the point. don't you just adore lauren's style?

Julie Taylor and Danni Greenwalt said...

You have to have a home with good bones to go simple...other wise a box type home... well... just looks like a git a give it some bling!

The enchanted home said...

Simple can definitely be good. I think its a matter of scale and texture that add interest to even the simplest of rooms. You have shown some beautiful examples of simple done well.


Yes....I agree. Makes me want to edit just a little more around here! There is such a fine line......