A considered approach to home decor is becoming an increasingly popular decor trend, and it’s set to become the way of living in the future. Wondering what a Considered Home is? It’s a home that’s been thoughtfully set up to showcase everything you love. It doesn’t have to feature fancy or expensive things, and it’s about quality rather than quantity. Think one seriously gorgeous vase displayed in an alcove instead of four or five standard vases spread out everywhere.
The Considered Home gets rid of clutter to let the decor pieces you love really shine. We embrace the idea because you don’t have to stick to one decorating genre, and you can find a place for your favourite items, no matter how eclectic.
If you want to get started on creating your own beautiful, considered home, here are the do’s and don’ts of detail and display.
DO consider craftsmanship
Detailing reflcts 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’s gone into creating a piece. Each item that furnishes or accessorises the considered home is well made from quality materials and finished in a way that draws attention.
DON’T ignore finishes and fittings
That said, the considered home is not just about furnishings and accessories. Floor and wall finishes and fittings like doors and window frames are as important and deserve as much attention when chosen. This is great news if you want to give your house a makeover, but you don’t want to go as far as knocking down walls or remodeling the kitchen. Simple things like replacing door handles and light switches can make a huge difference.
While quality is important, it doesn’t have to mean spending money. Well-made furniture and even art can be bought from second-hand stores or websites or even charity shops. These pieces come with a story and, as such, are valued for the journeys they’ve travelled to find a place in your considered home. A once-off carved table or a vintage bedstead might both speak of a time gone by, but they become the focal points around which the whole of their settings come to revolve.
DON’T forget the space itself
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 a hardwood floor or ceiling meets a wall) and how thresholds between the inside and outside are handled. Architecture becomes an integral part of the home, and the blank spaces are as important as the solids, and the lights as substantial as the darks.
DO celebrate the ordinary
The considered home is coherent but not matchy-matchy, and incorporates pieces from different time periods and even design styles. It also blends high-end or collectors’ finds with more budget-friendly pieces from regular home decor stores. Just because something didn’t cost a lot, doesn’t mean it can’t be celebrated — especially if it’s something you love.
For more inspired ideas on how to create this essential look in your own home, don’t miss the Considered Home in association with the Goodwood Co presented by Decorex SA showcase at Decorex Cape Town, which takes place from 29 April to 2 May 2016 at the CTICC.
Read more about the considered home here:
The Considered Home: what is it exactly?
The Considered Home: make the most of materials & textures
The Considered Home: how to use colour & light
The Considered Home: use cycles & change to keep decor fresh