Details are the Design: 10 Ways to Elevate Your Design with Details

by | Oct 10, 2023 | Interior Design | 0 comments

The famous designer Charles Eames said, “The details are not the details. They make the design.”  While the overall layout, color scheme, and furniture choices are important, the small details can truly transform a space and make it unique. Here are 10 ways in which small details can make a significant difference in interior design:

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Choosing the right accessories, such as throw pillows, vases, artwork, and decorative items, can add personality and style to a room. These items might be small, but they can greatly impact the ambiance.

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The type of lighting fixtures you choose and their placement can dramatically change the atmosphere of a room. A well-placed floor lamp, vintage sconces, or a stylish pendant light can become a focal point and enhance the overall design.

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Paying attention to the handles, knobs, and pulls on cabinets and doors might seem minor, but these details can blend seamlessly with the design or stand out as statement pieces, adding a touch of elegance or quirkiness.

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Incorporating different textures through small elements like rugs, curtains, or even the upholstery of chairs can add depth and richness to a space. Textures can make a room feel more inviting and comfortable.

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Indoor plants can breathe life into a room regardless of their size. They add a natural element, improve air quality, and can serve as beautiful decorative pieces.

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Smart storage solutions and organizational details, such as built-in shelves, stylish baskets, or customized drawer dividers, not only enhance the functionality of a space but also contribute to its aesthetics.

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Mirrors can create an illusion of space, making rooms appear larger and brighter. Choosing unique mirror frames can also add a decorative touch to the walls.

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Vintage Pieces

When old and new are mixed together, it gives a design a unique and layered look. Incorporating vintage pieces adds warmth without taking away from more modern features.

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While not a visual detail, the scent of a room can greatly influence its ambiance. Scented candles, diffusers, or fresh flowers can enhance the overall experience of a space.

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Personal Touches

Incorporating personal items like family photos, heirlooms, or hand-crafted items can add sentimental value to the design, making the space feel warm and intimate.

Considering and carefully selecting these small details can elevate a design from ordinary to extraordinary, creating a space that is not only visually appealing but also functional and reflective of the homeowner’s personality and style.

Talk to you later, friends!
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