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Tuesday, 13 April 2010

5 Elements of Great Design


 great use of low level lighting - always flattering   

interesting arrangement of mirrors: element of surprise


           it shouldn't work and yet, it does, rather brilliantly. 

   blocks of colour in surprising places - reasonably easy to update

                         3. ARCHITECTURAL/CLEAN LINES

I love the somewhat industrial feel to these rooms 



and anyone who knows me will know why I love this one...

I've noticed over the last couple of days that a number of bloggers such as BODIE and FOU, have been posting images of Luytens. Luytens is a quintessentially British restaurant that has recently had the Terence Conran treatment. The fabulous results were photographed by Paul Reaside and are a good example of why great designers should only work with great photographers.  

Using a pick & mix of projects from his website, I've split them into sections representing key elements that make up great design:

  • Lighting
  • Colour
  • Architectural/Clean lines
  • Symmetry
  • Detail
Creating an element of surprise is another key element and it needn't be on a grand scale - something as simple as painting (or wallpapering) the inside of your cupboards in bold colours can be quite effective. In the same way that revealing a truth or flipping an idea on it's head is the making of a good joke, mixing tried and tested ideas with a dash of the ridiculous/whimsical/cool will create a space that really can lift the spirit.

What would you add to these?

Edit: Interior designer, Vanessa (Decor Happy) has added scale as a key element - examples of which can be seen in each of the images above.


  1. FAbulous post heather! I love how simple it is and yet so right! Thanks for your lovely words on my blog. x maria

  2. Just discovered your blog via Maria's blog! When I saw the first and third image, I thought what a lovely restaurant - would love to dine here. Great images and lesson on design. I would add "scale" to your list which is reflected in some of the images above.

  3. Well, thank you Maria! x

    Vanessa - you're absolutely right; scale is important too. I'll put that up. I'm thrilled that you popped by to say hello; I'm off to check out your blog...

  4. This is my very first time here and I'm absolutely loving your blog and your approach to design.

    Wonderful and fun post!


    All the way from Canada:

    Luciane at

  5. this selection is absolutely fascinating!!!


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