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Tuesday, 13 April 2010

5 Elements of Great Design

1. LIGHTING/ATMOSPHERE


 great use of low level lighting - always flattering   


interesting arrangement of mirrors: element of surprise


2. COLOUR


           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 


4. SYMMETRY


5. DETAIL


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.
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5 comments

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

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  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.

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  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...

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

    Wonderful and fun post!

    xo


    All the way from Canada:

    Luciane at HomeBunch.com

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  5. this selection is absolutely fascinating!!!

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