It seems that just about every time I take out my purse at the checkout, the sales assistant says, “oh what a pretty pink purse and handbag”. Just about everything in my bag is pink too, and people seem to notice that. Repetition of a single element is something the eye finds very pleasing.
Which is why when I decorate my home, I try to stick to just a few colours and finishes. I especially like white, which not only makes small rooms look more spacious but magnifies natural light too. The end result is cohesive and restful. When I begin our kitchen and bathroom renovations (soon I hope!), I’m going to use the same tiles in both areas. I think one reason this is such a powerful design motif is that it’s hard to confine yourself to one or two colours or patterns. A stylist on a photo shoot can do it, but in real life I think it’s hard to achieve. I don’t know much about design, but the most successful attempts I have made at decorating our home have been because of the elements I removed, not those I added. Taking away colours and patterns, and sticking to just one or two colours had more of an impact that anything I added to the scheme. I guess that’s what is meant by the phrase, Less is More.