Any suggestions on how to simplify the look of my home?

In the last few years there has been an increase in the number of people wanting to simplify their lives and their lifestyles. Books about how to live a simpler life have become very popular. As our lives become more complex and demanding, simplicity has become more important. Because we are bombarded by so much stimuli each day, there is a great deal of appeal in coming home to a visually calm and serene environment.

Simplicity means clearing away clutter and getting rid of things you do not use. Display objects and shapes in a simple, repetitive way and repeat colors and shapes. Select objects that are pleasing to the senses and do not distract the eye. Repeating colors and shapes gives a sense of order and continuity to a room and a sense of tranquility.

Imagine a Japanese home and then translate the quality of simplicity into a Western home. The furnishings and the elements that are used are Western in flavor, but the placement and composition is Eastern. Order and discipline are words that come to mind, but not to the extreme of being austere or severe. There is still room for warmth and comfort and most of all a sense of peace and well being.