“The details are not the details. They make the design.” – Charles Eames
I say it all the time, but I will say it again: good interior design is made up of many (well-thought out) details, but when the design is implemented, it just feels right and people don’t always know why. A great example of this is my ongoing new build project in Burlington.
As the project winds down and the design has almost been fully implemented inside and outside, it is great to reflect back on all of the details that were thoughtfully selected over the past year. No interior design detail was specified or sourced without keeping the entire home in mind.
From roof shingles and siding colour, tiles and paint colours to millwork profiles and lighting fixtures, drapery fabrics and grout colours, every single item matters.
Three of the many Interior Design details explained at the Burlington new build:
1. Black: There is a very clear repetition of black on the main floor, specifically black lines. We designed the windows to have a fairly simple lite design but the black finish is so sharp. The drapery in the great room has a thin black ribbon banding on the leading edge. The sconces on the fireplace surround have a thin black line around the shade. An all white kitchen is stunning, but a black servery between the kitchen and dining room carries the eye through the transition space. The bookend is bold black linen wallpaper in the dining room as an accent panel.
2. Shaker Profile: The Burlington homeowners wanted beautiful millwork in their home and I selected very simple and contemporary shaker-style moldings that really add a level of sophistication without being over the top. There is a wainscoting with a simple shaker profile and a very subtle step bevel panel mould. The doorways and openings have the same profile. Cabinets in the kitchen are a slightly more stylized shaker profile with a bevel. Baseboards are an 8” tall step bevel and even the stairs and newel posts kept the same panel mould profile.
3. Flooring: The main floor has three different types of flooring, but is a completely open concept home so it was integral to make sure they flowed from one space to another. The main living area is a hickory hardwood floor in a grey/brown tone that is contemporary and fresh but definitely not trendy. It is timeless! The foyer is a simple 12” x 24” porcelain tile, but has a sort of grain to it that mimics a wood look without matching the wood. I had this installed in a herringbone pattern and the very front at the entrance is bordered with a slightly darker brown mosaic. The powder room off of the foyer is a hexagon mosaic escarpment marble tile, pulling taupe from the foyer tile and the hickory floors. In the foyer, I had the ceilings painted a very dark brown/charcoal and this really tied in the main floor concept. You never want an open concept home to feel busy and choppy, and these details were selected with that in mind.
These examples are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the interior design from the ground up of this Burlington home. Homeowners don’t always even know the time spent on these details or what details are even required to get a house built, and in my opinion, why should you have to know? That is why you hire a designer…let me figure out the details and you can continue to live life beautifully!