Start with letting go of excess
Time to sell, give away or junk stuff that you don’t need or like anymore. Take your furniture to sell at a re-sell store. Stuff you bought from Crate and Barrel or Ikea years ago that are falling apart or totally out-dated should go first. “Decorative” items that are cluttering your space should be removed from the house. Walls that are covered with prints, posters and other stuff that are not worth $10 in resale, should be sold anyway or given away. Leave a relatively clean and manageable space.
Who needs furniture?
High-end residential architecture and interiors don’t need much furniture or for that matter anything else. A choice collection of custom-designed or one-off pieces by world-renowned architects or designers that will appreciate in value in years to come will be a welcome addition to the space. Old doors from a country barn are not. At least for the next five years, there is no foreseeable trend in cluttering up a house any more.
Add personal touch
Auction houses like LA Modern, sometimes have very good deals in little known modern items that will be excellent investment in the years to come. You need to know what you are bidding for. And you need to know what you like. Your house is your personal art gallery and you are the curator. It is your “personal touch” and it will bring you a fortune in the future, if you play it right.
Go for illumination
Devoid of clutter, light is the best companion of architectural space. Diffused daylight through a very large plate glass window, stained glass panels in a De Stijl window wall or a cloistral group of exceptionally tall French windows is something that no money can buy. Uniformly lit, pot-lighted interiors are out. Focused LED light beams that accentuate and enhance the profiles and shapes of space and content are in.