Only 20 of Your Home Decor Matters

Have you every heard about the 80/20 Rule? I had never heard of this rule for a long time. I can’t remember exactly where I first heard about this philosophy but remember thinking that you could apply this rule to home decor in your home.

Only 20 of Your Home Decor Matters

What is the 80/20 Rule?

Wikipedia defines the 80/20 Rule as:

“The Pareto principle (also known as the 80–20 rule, the law of the vital few, and the principle of factor sparsity) states that, for many events, roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes.”

You also businesses talk about the 80/20 Rule to when it comes to the where their sales are generated. Basically 80% of a company’s profits are from 20% of its customers.

What I take a way from the 80/20 Rule is it helps you focus your attention on the areas that give you the biggest impact.

How to Use the 80/20 Rule When Decorating?

You maybe be thinking how I am going to bring interior design into this principle.

When I first hear of this theory, it made total sense how this applies to home decor. You are likely to be thinking I am have totally lost it.

Let me translate this law into interior design terms:

In any room in your home, 80% of the room’s design comes from 20% of the home decor and furniture placed in it.

Blown Away

I was pretty blown away when I first thoughts about interior design. Maybe you are too now.

Does this really mean that only 20% of home accessories and furnishings matter?

That we only need to decorate 20% of our home to make a total impact.

Living Room - That Nordic Feeling
I love this simple decor by Rikke at That Nordic Feeling. It is a great example of the 80/20 Rule for Home Decor.

Source: That Nordic Feeling

This True and False

I think the answer to that is a little of a yes and no. Yes, this is true because when you think about a room often a few elements that drive the overall style. These elements are the 20% of the interior design that accounts for 80% of the design. Certain items your place in a room has a greater impact than others.

It is equally incorrect because the 20% is not making 100% of the overall design of a room, only 80%. Yes the 20% makes the greatest impact but not the only. Interior design is a sum of all its parts.

Floating Shelves - Shanty 2 Chic
These floating shelves are perfectly styled with just the right amount of home accessories.

Source: Ashley from Shanty 2 Chic

What’s the Home Decor Take Away

I believe the take away is when decorating your home think about which design decisions will have the greatness influence on the space. Maybe that is just 20% or maybe it more. However, don’t just put home decor into a room to fill up the room. Put effort into finding the home furnishings that will reflect your style into your home. You’re what the 20% to most reflect who you are.

Here is a question for you because I love hearing your thoughts.

What do you think makes the biggest impact in a room’s design?

Leave comments below, all comments are strongly appreciated. Looking forward to hear from you.