Simple & Tasteful Home Design

It happens every year: we put up the holiday decorations to hide all those trouble spots that bother us the most behind twinkling lights and festive cheer. Either that, or we dread hosting the extended family dinner because it reminds us how much we REALLY want a new kitchen. So, if “remodel” is on your New Year’s resolution list, our guest contributor, Chloe Taylor, has these helpful tips for simple and tasteful home design!

Whether you’re undertaking a major remodeling project or you just want to make a few subtle changes, simplicity is often synonymous with elegance in home design. A tasteful, stylish home design is more about finding beauty in simplicity rather than burdening your home with excessiveness. This is why some of the most inspiring and profitable home remodeling ideas are simple and easy to achieve. You don’t have to waste your hard earned money on branded items and expensive remodels for it to make a striking impression. Instead, find your inspiration elsewhere and create a home where simplicity, subtlety and elegance dominate.

A Classic Style to Rule Them All

For a truly tasteful, sophisticated home, look no further than a classic, timeless design. Drawing inspiration from Greek architecture may sound crazy, but you can accentuate your home’s architectural features to help you design a classic look in your space. Other details that matter when it comes to classic style include natural elements and fibers, columns, stripes as well as bright and subtle colors.

A Subtle Color Scheme Reigns Supreme


Although there are plenty of inspiring color schemes, neutral tones will withstand the test of time. Painting your home white, off-white, subtle grey, gentle beige or ivory can open up your space, filling it with a sense of novelty. This is one of the simplest ways to add an elegant appeal to your home without any fussiness. The best thing about neutrals is you can add personality and color with accessories to really make a space pop and not feel, well, TOO neutral. Paint color is a personal choice, which many home buyers can’t see beyond, so neutral colors are a good bet if you are thinking re-sale in a few years.

Steer Clear of Fads

The design industry presents us with a range of unique trends that could make anyone’s head spin. Brass is in again, chrome is out. No-one wants to spend a fortune on “trends” that are nothing more than passing fads and are dated by the time the next season rolls around. They may seem haute at the time, but soon they’ll be completely forgotten. You don’t need to waste your money or energy on these trends, but stick with the tried and true. Avoid overly ornate looks, avant-garde designs, and fussy and overbearing trends. Instead, go with remodeling projects that you will enjoy that fill your home with functionality, subtle elegance and timeless appeal.

Elegant Furniture Made to Last


Furniture can stump even the most design-savvy homeowner. It comes into focus, dominating an entire room. It is possible to mix styles and still get a great look. Mid-century modern trends of the last few years are waning, but not completely. The key is to introduce pieces that exude sophistication and elegance while featuring quality materials. For instance, modern and sleek lounges can work in any setting, be it modern or traditional. Their subtle, simple design is highly sophisticated, yet subdued, creating a stylish vibe. The furniture you choose should keep you comfortable and your rooms functional, so it’s always advisable to go with a classic design that can stand out with its simplicity and elegance.

Sophistication Hides in the Details

Details truly matter in home design, contributing to the general atmosphere and style of your home. For a tasteful, classy look, add carefully picked decorations and design elements. Crown molding, for instance, is the perfect choice for creating elegant appeal. It can bring your walls and the ceiling together, giving your space a high-end flair. Yet, introducing this detail to your home is surprisingly simple and easy. On the other hand, molding + modern just don’t go together, unless you keep your lines simple. Not all molding has to be ornate – shop around for more modern finishes. Decorating your home in odd numbers is another great trick to create an authentic, eye-catching look.

Open Floor Plan – Need We Say More?


Open floor plans have become so popular they have earned a timeless status on the design scene. At one point, it seemed that was all anyone wanted! By connecting the living room, kitchen and dining room, it creates an open, spacious feel filled with light and positivity. Such a design also promotes family togetherness and communication, which makes it perfect for family gatherings and entertainment. An open floor plan can create a homier, more inviting look. Always check what is behind your walls, though. Taking out that load bearing wall just doubled your budget! Like all things in design, one size does NOT fit all. Some people prefer smaller rooms that can be used for different purposes and keep noise levels down, or simply don’t want to have to look at the Kitchen when entertaining in the Dining Room or maybe they just want the ability to close the door on the kids’s toys. Just because it’s popular, doesn’t mean it’s right for you and your family.

All it Takes is a Focal Point

Every room needs a focal point that will draw everyone’s attention. There are numerous stylish ideas that you can use to create stunning focal points in your home. Accentuate your home’s architectural features, such as a cosy fireplace, a beautiful window or a stunning arched wall. Furniture is another possible option for creating focal points in your home, as well as smaller design elements, such as chic area rugs or sophisticated lush chandeliers. Decorating your home with artwork will undoubtedly elevate your home décor. Oversized paintings can be used as focal points and conversation pieces in your home. You don’t have to go to a high-end gallery to get the look. There are many reasonably priced alternatives on the market that give maximum bang for your buck. You can also create inspiring gallery walls for a whimsical, classy vibe. However, when doing so, it’s important that you link them with the same motif, theme or color to create a cohesive look. You can also experiment with the arrangement of your artwork. For instance, leaning a beautiful painting against your wall can be as effective and stylish as hanging it.

Natural Light brings Style and Elegance

Maximizing natural light in your home will not only brighten it up, but also creates a more enjoyable, flattering home ambiance. It’s a common complaint from homeowners that one of the “must haves” on their remodeling wish-list is more light. Consider installing skylights or solar tubes to provide your home with more natural light. Installing bigger windows is also a viable option. However, sometimes, all it takes is to remove heavy drapes and obstacles that might be blocking your windows from the outside.

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About The Author

Chloe is a graduated journalist from Adelaide and a regular contributor to Smooth Decorator and The Renovation Roadmap. She loves everything related to decor, aesthetic and lifestyle topics. She is also passionate about photography. Her biggest dream is to travel the whole world and take some stunning photographs of beautiful places. Beside all this, she enjoys drinking coffee and reading a beautiful book from time to time.

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