Minimalism is all well and good – and totally fit, obviously – but sometimes it’s not all that doable if you live in a small flat/have no hidden storage/are unabashedly sentimental.
We’ve been snooping around random strangers’ houses for ideas on how to use your clutter to make you look like a stylish collector, rather than the crazy skip-raiding cat lady that you really are*.
Make it neat and balanced, but not symmetrical. Symmetrically organised clutter makes you look slightly deranged, or at least worryingly OCD. Plus, symmetry is too difficult to achieve perfectly – if it looks like you tried, it will look like you failed.
(Found on Roseland Greene.)
Channel Diane Von Furstenberg and group like with like. OK, so none of us can probably afford her chairs, but her photo-covered column is pretty copiable and looks playful and personal set against her grown-up glamour.
(Found on Architectural Digest.)
Try keeping things that are similar in colour together. The muted colours on this windowsill tie all the disparate objects together, and it looks calming rather than messy.
(Found on The Glitter Guide.)
On the other hand, if everything is far too gloriously kaleidoscopic for that, colour-blocking is a pretty failsafe way to add some order to the chaos. Plus it makes things easier to find.
(Found on Fjeldborg.)
Place plants and objects on top of neatly stacked books and magazines, creating the appearance of a tasteful vignette and disguising the fact that you actually just have no space and you can’t throw away all the millions of magazines you don’t need because they might be worth something one day!
(Found on Savvy Sugar.)
Finally, plants. Plants always make everything look better. Put all the sweet, weird little things that only you love on a shelf beside some plants, and they will almost always have a mad little ugly ducking rebirth and become the height of chic.
(Found on airbnb.)
*That we assume you are. We don’t know you. But why else would you be reading this, you unhinged hoarder, you?