It’s said that the divine is in the detail, and nowhere does this statement ring truer than in the considered home, identified as the look for interiors in 2016. Here are the do’s and don’ts of detail and display in this essential approach to living, which, at its heart, is about quality rather than quantity.
DO consider craftsmanship
Detailing speaks of how things are made and is a key element of quality. Hand-stitching, dry joinery, hand-spun or hand-turned details show off the craftsmanship of the maker as well as the time and consideration that has gone into creating a piece. Each item that furnishes or accessorises the considered home is well-made with quality materials and finished in a manner that draws attention to its inherent value. Think of the way, say, a lustrous veneer highlights the natural grain of a wooden floor or intricate gilding throws into light the carved legs of a curvaceous armchair.
That said, the considered home is not just about the furnishings and accessories. Floor and wall finishes and fittings such as doors, window frames and ironmongery are as important and deserve equal attention when selected. Even the choice of door handles and light switches should not be undervalued. Function and form become inseparable and the integrity of every element in a composition earns the right to be there. In the same way that an exposed brick wall speaks of structure and substance so this is a look that scratches beneath surfaces to reveal the true nature of things.
While quality is important, it doesn’t necessarily have to mean expensive. Well-made furniture and even art can be bought from second-hand stores, auctions or even junkshops. These pieces come with the their histories ingrained within the patina of age and, as such, are valued for the journeys they have travelled to find their place in the considered home. A once-off carved table or a vintage bedstead might both speak of a time gone by, but relooked with contemplation, they become the focal points around which the whole of their settings come to revolve.
Detailing is important not only in furnishing and accessories but also in the spaces themselves. If you have the luxury of renovating an existing home or building a new house, you should consider details such as how different materials merge (for example, how an engineered hardwood floor or ceiling meets a wall) and how thresholds between inside and out are handled. Architecture is not simply a receptacle for the contents of the home but becomes an integral part of it, the blank spaces as weighty as the solids and the lights as substantial as the darks.
The considered home is coherent but not matchy-matchy, and incorporates pieces from different time periods and even design styles. It also successfully blends high-end or collectors’ finds with mass-produced retail-store pieces. Their singulalrity is what gives them an affinity to each other and to their environments. In the condsidered home, the everyday serves as a cause for celebration. Within the rituals of daily living beauty is to be found. And in the midst of the ordinary, sacred space is to be discovered, as is the realisation that the ordinary has been extraordinary all along.