05 January, 2011

The Elements and Principles of Design…A Guide for Design and a New Year

By Lauren Setum, LiLu Interiors intern

To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.

I have always liked this quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson because it is a reminder to appreciate the small things and recognize what is truly important in life.  It's always refreshing to laugh with friends over a good meal or spend time outside amongst the beauty of nature. Making an effort to emphasize these things can reinvent our attitude for a new year!

winter cherryEven in the cold of winter, appreciating the beauty of our natural surroundings can be the cherry on top!

When it comes to design, emphasis refers to the focal point of a space. A visual hierarchy should exist  so that the eye moves smoothly through a space. If all elements of a design were to be emphasized equally, a design would become overly busy and the most beautiful features may go unnoticed. Take a look at some LiLu examples!

cabinet2In order to emphasize this piece of display cabinetry, a contrasting paint color was used. A change in materiality can be quite successful when striving to highlight an architectural feature or collection of accessories.

kitchen emphasis 2This kitchen was designed so that the cook could entertain his guests. The large island is emphasized with a custom designed pot rack. The chandelier and circular dome emphasize the dining table on the left hand side. These architectural features play with the typical ceiling height of the space adding depth and variety. Two beautiful focal points are the result!

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