As we are settling in to this weekend to celebrate our freedom, I would like to also celebrate our independence from bad design! (I would insert a saluting emoji here if I had one, LOL!) Let’s begin by defining some parameters that constitute good design. When something is done well (i.e. good design), the look is cohesive and flows from space to space while minimizing clutter. Even though different areas may have different pieces (say the living room being different from the guest bedroom), the look throughout still has a sense of style that is complimented by coordinating the design elements for the entire home, as a whole. This is what we think about as designers…how can we pull all of it together, not just one room (or one piece) at a time! What may be generating this post, you may ask?! Well for one, I really liked the quote at the beginning J ! (Yes, it’s mine LOL) Actually, it’s because one of the homes we visited this week for a consultation was the exact opposite of what I’m describing above!
What did it look like? Well…the best way to explain it would be a hodgepodge of styles from different eras and genres. It was all way too much, over the top, and none of the elements made sense together, so the space felt cluttered and disjointed (which is why the owner decided it was time for a change!). The fix for this is…well…easy! You just start over! This way you can have exactly what you want and it’s a good chance to get rid of some things! Good design is not just about making the space look good and have cool pieces…It’s also about creating that perfect home for that person who is living there…It’s their sanctuary. So…if it the space is done WELL and the owner loves it, then it’s good design!
Joseph D. Clark
Chic on the Cheap