hat if you could have a capsule wardrobe but for your decor? Imagine a collection of items that are timeless, go with just about anything in your home, and can be switched around from time to time to look like you are updating your decor every season without actually buying anything! If you haven’t read my post from last week yet you can read it here: Create Your Home Decor Capsule as an intro to the subject.
The idea of the capsule wardrobe and decor capsule is to reduce the amount of items you have in your home and that you use at one time for decor. Anything that doesn’t make it into your capsule should be given/thrown away or stored to use when you switch capsules. Trust me, it won’t take long for you to realize which of your current decor items you like and which you really don’t like using and won’t mind getting rid of!
With this “classic” decor capsule you’ll choose items that won’t go out of style and can be used in more than one place in your home. These items will also be the backbone of your holiday decor.
Take a look at the categories below and pick how many items you want to include in your capsule. The numbers and the categories you use are flexible as long as you remember to scale down what you already use. It might look like this for a 68 piece decor capsule:
Linens/soft goods 20
Tableware sets 6
Accent pieces 6
The key to assembling you capsule and choosing where to place items is to think like a collector. Gather all of the items you have that fit in the categories below and look at what might go well together. Start by making small collection of items that can go on the coffee table, dresser, as a centerpiece on the dining table, etc. Don’t worry too much about making it perfect because you’ll switch everything around when you switch capsules in a few months.
START WITH STAPLE PIECES:
These items are the backbone of your decor capsule, like your staple classics in a wardrobe capsule (jeans, black pants, white blouses or neutral tops). I’ve listed these in order of importance which is very important! The idea is that you should have everything in the staple pieces categories first, which will make your home feel welcoming and complete, then you can add items from the accessories categories. If you just bought a house or apartment and are slowly building towards decorating your home, start with the first categories on this list then go down.
CAUTION: Don’t jump to the accessories section before getting all of your staples. If you do you’ll always be missing something in your home and will be prone to shopping sprees where you’ll buy more useless things and keep filling your house with useless junk…
I put these items first because they are essentials that everyone already has in their home. It also has multiple sub categories. Most people don’t think of them as decor but they can break the cohesiveness of your home if you don’t choose them properly.
Bed sheets – should be solid colored (cream/white work best for adults) with a high thread count.
Amount: 1 set per bed, plus 1-2 extra sets
Pillow covers – pillow covers are much easier to store and cheaper to buy than full pillows. I recommend 4-5 throw pillows per sofa and 2-3 decorative pillows for your bed on top of the pillows you sleep with. Start with the basics then you can build up to having an extra pillow cover or two for each of your pillows, allowing you to change and mix and match them.
Amount: 4-5 throw pillows per sofa and 2-3 decorative pillows for you bed & guest beds
Towels – Start with towels that are solid colored. White towels give washroom a spa-like feel but don’t get them if you know you can’t keep them super white. Look for muted, softer colors and avoid bright colors! If you like patterns and busier fabrics choose one that has a simple geometric embroidered border on one edge.
Amount: 1 bath towel per person plus 2 extra and 2 hand towels per washroom.
Lamps are both useful and decorative so they play a double role here! Some designers and architects design uniquely with light and nothing else. That gives you an idea of its power for decor.
Amount: 1 table lamp per bedside table in bedrooms and 1 table lamp per side table in living room OR 1 floor lamp per living room.
Artwork and photos are an easy way to decorate any room. You can easily get some basic frames in black, silver, gold, or wood in different sizes. Adding photos to those frames will add personality to your home or you can print some free printables off of the internet for some unique artwork. They can be displayed on tables, shelves, walls, credenzas, etc.
Amount: 8 to 10 frames in various sizes
Glass vases are a must for capsule decor! A few neutral colored vases (white, beige, black or patterned) can also be added to your decor to add some texture and interest. Just make sure that the majority are glass because they offer the most variety! They can be dressed up to work with any style and for holidays simply by changing the fillings. It also makes it cost effective by allowing you to update your decor without changing your vases for new ones every few years.
Amount: 1-2 per room (including washroom, bedrooms, entrances, living rooms, dining room, kitchen)
Trays come in a variety of style and materials. I like to look at them like the mat in a framed picture or artwork. It frames and brings together whatever you end up putting on the tray. It is also a great way to keep things organized. A simple tray on your dresser or at the entrance of your home is perfect to help a couple of decor pieces and you can empty your purse or pockets in the tray at the end of the day without it looking messy.
Amount: 1 per room (bedrooms, washrooms, dining room, living room, kitchen)
Books will never go out of style! Here you can go with a variety of coffee table books for the coffee table/side tables in your living room and hardcover books for bookshelves, dresser, tv unit and other furniture pieces in your home. Plain covers are best or place the books so the spine of the book is away from view and you see the pages.
Amount: 6-12 on top of what you might have if you have a bookcase
Pick a couple or all of these! The idea is that you already have some of these accent decor items at home so shop your home and see what might come in handy for your first decor capsule!
Candles come in a variety of shapes and sizes. The fake, battery powered ones, now look very real and give the same sense of warmth to any room. I like using real scented in the bathroom and dining room but for the rest I prefer the safeness of fake candles.
Amount: 3 in dining room, 1 in living room, 1-3 in bedroom and/or washroom
There are a variety of ways you can decorate your dining room and place setting but it starts with a good set of tableware. White goes well with anything and will allow you to decorate for any occasion without clashing with the color of your plates and bowls. Subtle neutral colors like beiges also work well for any occasions! Save the colors with the center pieces and napkins!
Amount: Plates, bowls, glasses to host 4-6
Lanterns are another item, like glass vases, that have such variety and fit virtually any style! They can be filled with various decor items or with a candle. Look for lanterns that are black, silver or gold.
These can literally be anything and most of the time you already have these in your home. They can be little sculptures, decorative bookends, items from your travels, small plants, etc. The key here is to shop your home. Most of us have wayyy too many things in our home already.
Baskets come in all shapes and sizes and are the must have if you need more storage. They can be used in your closet, to store extra pillows, linens, blankets, books and almost anything else you can think of. Just be careful to not have too many in one room.
Amount: 1-3 per room
Ready to put together your first capsule decor? What are you going to include in your first one? Let me know in the comments below what you think and how you feel about the whole idea!