The details are not the details. They make the design.
This is one of my favourite design quotes – from Charles Eames, the American designer who along with wife Ray, is considered among the most important American designers of the 20th century.
Charles Eames once described design as “a plan for arranging elements to accomplish a particular purpose” and this is the key to good design – each tiny element of a house design adds to the overall cohesive whole.
Often people will ignore the finer details of house design, like tapware, handles, door profiles and light fittings and consequently, often these things get chosen randomly. But these are the things that if chosen carefully and with consideration, will elevate your design scheme to a higher level, making it stand out from the crowd.
Charles and Ray Eames are probably best known for their Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman, which they designed for the Herman Miller furniture company in the 1950s. Throughout their careers, the couple aimed to design furniture that could be mass-produced and affordable, with the exception of the Eames Lounge Chair – the first chair that the couple designed for a high-end market.
The key here is that they used the same design philosophy whether they were designing affordable or luxury furniture and the same can be applied to building your home. People will recognise the familiar names of the suppliers we used to create the Tailored range, like Dulux, Laminex, Beaumont Tiles, Caesarstone, Carpet Court and Colorbond. Their products can be accessed by everybody at a good price point. The difference is we have carefully selected every product to ensure they complement each other, are functional and durable and will add up to a beautiful, complete home design.
A design will never work if you select things at random because nine times out of ten they won’t fit with the overall style. By choosing your design elements this way you can be guaranteed that the cohesion in your home will be amiss. Choosing a tap may seem like a small insignificant design decision but when carefully considered the culmination of all these small details results in something spectacular.