Simplicity and Style
“As I get older, I’m less and less interested in ornamentation and more drawn to simplicity.”
My boss, the head of the design department, said this to me a few years back. She’d just bought a vintage midcentury home designed by Joseph Eichler and was describing the process of decorating it and her taste for clean-lined, non-frivolous things.
Though it was an offhand comment, for some reason it’s really stuck in my mind. In the intervening years, I’ve come to realize how much my own tastes have changed as I’m pulled more and more toward simplicity.
Less clutter. Less frilliness. Less fuss. More subtlety. More ease. More looking closely at things.
I don’t know if this is something that happens to many people as we get older, but I think I can understand some of the reasons for it.
When you’re young, you’re forever trying on different identities, trying new things to find what suits you. You’re drawn to things that feel new and different, you enjoy changing and are influenced by everything around you. You like things that are loud or trendy or that make a bold statement. At least, I always did (well, except maybe the trendy part).
But I think that evolves as we get older. We realize what works and what doesn’t for us, and we’re more likely to stick to it. This can manifest itself as choosing classic styles, or perhaps just having a defined look and specific tastes.
So part of it is that I feel more confident in my own style and less interested in experimentation. But I think there is also an ability to appreciate simple design more as I get older. I’m not sure why this is. Perhaps you are just more exposed to things over time, so that you’re able to appreciate subtlety more? Or perhaps there is just more of a desire to feel sophisticated as you age? What do you think?
Images above of that master of simple and timeless beauty, Audrey Hepburn