Strike the Right Balance: Having Just Enough 'Good Clutter'

Strike the Right Balance: Having Just Enough 'Good Clutter'

Nancy Mitchell
Mar 11, 2016

Some people prefer hyper-minimal spaces, where vast expanses of concrete and glass are only interrupted by the occasional vase or black and white photography book. But those of your who prefer to have a few extra things around may be excited to hear about the rise of what I call 'good clutter': a look that involves leaving a out (a modicum of) interesting things around your house. The look we're going for is a bit more 'cabinet of curiosities' than 'yard sale'. Here's a little inspiration.

Above: This room from Architectural Digest Spain has just enough 'clutter' to be interesting without coming across as, well, cluttered.

(Image credit: My Scandinavian Home)

Stacks of books, along with a few select objects d'art, enliven a room from My Scandinavian Home.

(Image credit: SF Girl by Bay)

Something about the objects casually strewn about this room from SF Girl by Bay says 'home' to me. Sometimes minimalist perfection can be a little off-putting: this room blurs the lines a little.

(Image credit: Domino)

The 'good clutter' in this room from Domino is almost all in the form of books.

(Image credit: The Design Traveller)

Displaying a collection, like these anatomical models from The Design Traveller, can instantly add interest and personality to a room.

(Image credit: Mobile Bay Mag)

More stacks of books in a home from Mobile Bay Mag.

(Image credit: Home Stories)

Ok, so this dining room from Home Stories might look just a bit like a junk shop, but I think it's walking the line perfectly and comes across as just cluttered enough. Who wouldn't want that feeling of awe and discovery that you have in an antique store in their own home? Provided, of course, you don't mind dusting.

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