30 Days of Gratitude…Day 17….

How to Simplify Home Decor


I’m no minimalist, but there are ways to simplify one’s décor through the use of a classic color scheme.


By using blue and white with neutrals, as your grounding color, your shopping will be easier, and you can easily move your items from room to room when you need to change things up a bit.


The Basics

First start with a neutral palette, choosing natural woods, neutral flooring like natural fiber rugs, or cow hide as shown above,  white walls ( look here for help in choosing white paint The low-down on choosing white paint) , white flowers or greenery.

Your fabric choices for large surfaces ie. the sofa, chairs, etc.  can be greys, camels, whites.


( Brown can work as long as your wood furniture is not brown, as too much brown can become stagnant and heavy. )



Ikat accent fabrics



Key Fabrics

When shopping for accessories blue and white abounds.

For fabrics, you can mix ombres, ikats, toiles, checks, and stripes together like a pro.


Your blue and white palette joined with warm neutrals will always look fresh and clean.


Don’t forget the metals

Be sure to bring in some metal elements with your lamps, knobs, and accessories.


Whenever you shop it will always be easy to find items that work in your color scheme.



Bring in some Natural elements

A few natural elements can add warmth and that design flair of the unexpected.


Even if you don’t have a “blue and white” thumb for decorating you can simplify your choices.


By choosing a classic color scheme like blue and white for your home, everyone will ask you who your decorator is!


I am grateful for simplicity as it allows my life to flow and leaves room for what I consider most important in my life.


And that my friends, is a Cottage Necessity!

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How many of us long for our own comfy cottage in the woods? I know I do! We can make our own comfy cottage, right here, right now, no matter where we live. I'm a mother of two, grandmother of two boys, interior designer who thinks out-of-the-box, up cycler, and interested in just about anything related to living comfortably and finding contentment, connecting with the Great Spirit in the natural world and respect for all beings who walk the earth.

3 thoughts on “30 Days of Gratitude…Day 17….”

  1. We have light green walls in living room, two bedrooms and both bathrooms. Office, kitchen, laundry room and closets are white. White trim and doors. We want to repaint the office white again. Repaint the closets, trim and doors white. But I want to do a very light lavender in the kitchen and a very light yellow for the laundry room. I want to keep these new colors in the same tone as the green, so they look blended, even though they are different colors. Ceilings are white, and they are all good, but I do need to repaint the kitchen ceiling. Need to replace the carpet throughout the house, but will probably do a tan-ish color. Almost all our wood furniture is dark brown. We need two new recliners, but have no idea what colors to look for… have I told you about our Bubby couch? It’s dark green leather with dog face print duct tape covering the tears where Bubby’s claws went through the leather. We probably won’t be replacing it for a good long while. We got it at the thrift store specifically for the dog. We can cover it with a slip cover later down the road if we want to change the look. 🙂 Blue doesn’t seem to be in the color scheme. Love your ideas.


  2. It sounds like you like soft colors in your home. Are they pastels? Your color choices are all complimentary to each other, and you could have some fun using them in each room as accent colors, fabric choices with all three colors in them, and varying shades of each throughout the house. For instance, in the green room, you could have some yellow and lavender sprinkled throughout in pictures, pillows, floral arrangements, lamps etc.
    How would a yellow ceramic lamp look next to the green sofa? With all of the dark furniture, contrasting against the lighter walls, you may want to paint one or two pieces of the existing furniture in a bright lavender, or sage green, to mix things up a bit. Putting some green and yellow accessories in your lavender kitchen, could bring a little pizzaz into the room.. I would suggest lots of greenery throughout. I hope this helps.


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