Why is it important to create balance between finishes and details in your home?

Why is it important to create balance between finishes and details in your home?

How to get the interior balance right, so your home looks stylish.

During the summer holidays, I was interviewed by Fabric Magazine (attached below) about how to create the perfect balance in your home for an interesting contrast between finishes and details…

Let’s say a friend lent you a cookbook and recommended a recipe. You bought all the ingredients to make the most moist and delicious cake, but after preparing, measuring, making and baking… the cake is a pancake. It’s edible, but the flavour just isn’t as enjoyable as you know it could be.
This is how I explain what can happen in the world of interiors too. You have the ingredients: the furniture, the rugs, the lighting, a painted wall, curtains… but how can you achieve a balance that gives it that extra flair of looking and feeling… well, special?
Often, I share pointers with my clients on the flow of a layout, but it’s more than that. There are simple things you can do right away to tweak the look of your home for the better. Mirrors and paintings should be hung at eye level. Fabrics should always have multi-thread. Flooring should help your eye to travel from one identified space to another.
A designer with experience in choosing textures and finishes, who can work with your current furniture and suggest where and how to add colour and pattern, can boost the style and ambience of your home.

As a rule of thumb, I aim for one third detailed or patterned finishes, one third plain and one third textured. This is achieved using a variety of materials such as marble, fabrics, metals and woods. Likewise, a colour palette of 5 colours per room, 3 of these being carried through the home is a great starting point.

When it comes to adding items, I create an interesting balance between detail and texture with large rugs and marble side tables. Adding ceiling pendants, floor and table lamps are an instant room-changer too.

As one client has said, “Carly suggested ideas that worked with our existing furniture. It made it a home and totally enhanced the feel of the room – at little cost.”
Why not drop me a line and see for yourself how your home could benefit from some finishing touches.


The living space>of our Hampstead show-home.The living space of our Hampstead show-home.The living space of our Hampstead show-home.

Design et al’s International Design & Architecture Awards 2015

Design et al’s International Design & Architecture Awards 2015

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