What is "80/20 Style Decorating" you say?
It's something I just invented...well, I didn't invent it, but I have NAMED it.
Basically, 80/20 Style is:
80% neutral, classic furnishings and finishes
20% colorful, trendy, seasonal accents. This is how I have decorated for years! Here's how it works:
80% of my home is neutral: white (of course), black, beige, and brown. Most of my furniture is classic in style- nothing too contemporary or old fashioned, just timeless pieces. Here are some photos of my classic/neutral basics:
creamy white sofa, clear seeded glass lamps, creamy white kitchen, neutral backsplash, etc...
creamy white slipcovered chairs, black iron and glass coffee table, khaki walls, natural seagrass rug,
white drapery panels, classic brown kitchen table, etc...
The 80% is the easy part- invest in great, neutral classic furnishings that will last you a long time and give you TONS of decorating flexibility! Then neutralize your walls and finishes to keep everything open and easy to update. (P.S. I get questions ALL THE TIME about my white sofa- I have had it for 13 years, it has had 2 slipcovers. I wash the covers when they get dirty and it is in great shape. Luckily, I am not a perfectionist- so the few minor stains it does have I overlook!)
Now for the FUN part...the 20% accent colors and accessories- this is where you can really have some fun changing up your "look". I shop for my 20% items at discount stores- these are not your "investment" pieces. Homegoods, Target, Pier One, you get the idea! I find colorful pillow covers, throw blankets, coffee table decor, table linens and centerpieces add so much to my rooms, and these items are easy to switch out seasonally, or whenever you feel like it!
Here is the same room with a couple of different looks:
You see, I have Decorating AD/HD- I can't seem to focus or keep one color scheme or style, I get tired of things very easily and always want to try something new! 80/20 Style Decorating allows me to change things up frequently WITHOUT breaking the bank!
So there you have it...80/20 Style. Simple, classic neutral basics with colorful, trendy accents! Give it a try sometime.