If you are at all passionate about interior design, either as a career, a hobby, or simply in your own home, then you will be more than aware of the importance of small details as a way to enhance your overall vision for a space. There are many details that come with an interior design project that are exciting to pick out, such as lighting or flooring. However, there are also small details that don’t always capture the imagination in the same way and can sometimes be forgotten about during a project. Here are a few of the most commonly overlooked home décor details and how you can use them to enhance your space.
Doors and Windows
Although doors and windows are primarily a practical concern and should therefore be as functional as possible, they are also a visual element of a space and can contribute to or distract from a designer’s aesthetic intention. If you have designed your space but still don’t feel as if it is reaching its full potential, it might be worth considering a change in your doors and windows. Different materials and designs can compliment your vision, such as dark wooden doors for a rustic look or smooth and metallic for contemporary minimalism.
Handles for doors and windows are another detail in design that can sometimes be forgotten, as well as handles for cupboards, drawers, and other access or storage furniture. When these small details are taken into consideration, they tie a room together completely. In an otherwise traditional interior space, modern handles can undermine the look.
Another detail that can be neglected is the various railings and barriers that help to define a space. This might be railings around a stairway, balcony, or yard. Wherever they are, no matter how they look, their appearance will have an influence on your design intentions. Look for a high-quality designer railing to enhance your decor and ensure that every element of your space is coherent.
While flooring is often a significant part of a designer’s vision for a space, the ceiling of a room can often be overlooked. Some aspects can’t be changed without much effort and expense, of course, such as the ceiling height and shape. However, this doesn’t mean there aren’t any opportunities for better design. Choose a paint to compliment the tones of the space or add flourishes around ceiling light fixtures to add depth and detail. If possible, use virtual imagery to help you envision the changes before going ahead with them, as a poorly designed ceiling can ruin an otherwise pleasant space.
Borders around flooring, ceilings, doorways, windows, and between rooms can be another opportunity for design. Choose materials that make sense with your design vision. For example, use brass thresholds between carpeted rooms if this helps pick out and highlight other brass elements in the space. Windowsills and lintels can also either enhance or obstruct an aesthetic, so find ways to bring them into your design.