Little Design Details That Make a Huge Difference

When planning for a house design, homeowners tend to pay more attention to the bigger picture. The focus is spent much more on floor plans, styles and how to achieve a chosen style. Little details tend to be forgotten because these usually come at a later time. However, for the whole house to resonate cohesiveness, these details will have to be given some attention.

1. Get a Feel of Your Door Hardware
Take the time to get a feel of the different doorknobs presented to you. Chances are, the heavier the hardware, the better. Make sure that the finish and style are consistent all throughout. If you decide to choose a chrome plated knob, do the same for the hinges and strike plate.

2. Do the Same for Cabinet Hardware
Like doorknobs, cabinet pulls and knobs can really have an effect on the overall look of the cabinet. Modern and contemporary kitchens usually use stainless steel or brushed brass pulls or aluminum edge profiles for a simple, clean look but you can also go traditional using wrought iron pulls. You can also opt to use shelf brackets, not just for added d├ęcor but also as visual appeal and it's also available in a wide array of finishes. Pair it against your finished cabinets to see if the hardware goes well with the design and color of the cabinets.

3. Extend the Kitchen Cabinet's Height
Extending kitchen cabinets to the full height of a ceiling will just create dead space that will either collect dust or clutter. Adding more storage by stacking a smaller cabinet on top or closing the gap with a molding creates a much more complete look. If this is impossible to do because the ceiling is too high or angled, extend the backsplash by tiling the void space.

4. Frame Mirrors and Glass
Unadorned mirrors and frameless glass are all the rage today. It's sleek, it's modern and elegant but adding a frame can really give depth to a mirror. Furthermore, there's an ongoing trend of black framed shower doors that compliments an all-white bathroom.

5. Play With Some Cabinet Details
Cabinets don't always have to be streamlined or simple. Sure, the modern design calls for that but adding bits of cabinet details can make it really stand out. Cabinet feet were distinct features of period furniture but who says, you can't add some bun feet to your kitchen cabinet? Recessed or raised panel doors are astray from the usual plain, flush doors. Adding post and trim or huge brackets to an overhanging counter can really give it character. The best thing about adding these details is that it can give cabinets more style and character without having to do huge renovations.

6. Encase Doors and Windows
Similar to framing a mirror, adding door and window casings can really go a long way in creating depth in a room. Casings can be styled in so many ways. It can be wood stained for a minimalist effect, painted a different color from the wall to give the contrast or painted the same color as the wall to keep the eye from being distracted on beautiful drapes.

7. Add Niches
A niche dates back to Classical and Gothic architecture which was used to display statues and figures. While it's not a feature of more modern architecture today, some traditional houses are still built with niches. A niche can add some visual interest to a bland wall. One common use of a niche is in a bathroom, typically in the shower area, used to hold toiletries. It's at this area where that expensive accent tile can be used. Other ways to style a niche is by painting it in a bold color. A bright orange niche on a white wall will really stand out. Adding some glass or wooden shelves can make it more useful other than just displaying items.

8. Layered Lighting
The magic of light never ceases to amaze. It can never be stressed enough that light should come from more than one source. Creating a lighting plan that makes use of ambient, task and accent light should eliminate those pesky shadows and create a photo-finish room similar to those found in magazines.

9. Texture Over Pattern
Using colorful and bold patterns never fails to brighten up an interior but textures may very well triumph over patterns any time. A room could be neutral and basic but with textures, it becomes more engaging. Adding pieces of furniture and accessories with different textures will really create an interesting space. Make use of wood, baskets, different fabrics, leather, reflective surfaces and so on. The possibilities of texture are endless and it doesn't even have to try hard unlike patterns.

10. Wainscoting and Paneling
Going back to the Victorian era, paneling the walls were a way of making the room more comfortable by insulating the room. Today, it's used for more decorative purposes. It certainly adds dimension to a wall and it now comes in a wide array of shapes and lines aside from the usual, rectangular shape.

11. Make Glass Cabinets Shine
Clear glass cabinets deserve some glow. The good news is that the shelves don't even have to be glass for the light to pass through. The use of LED strip lights can illuminate all the shelves.

12. Add Some Green Life
Plants, big or small add cheer and happiness to a lifeless and boring place. Be it some tall bamboo shoots, bonsais or succulents, living greens are always a welcome addition to make space brighter especially during the dreary winter season.

13. Go All Out on the Curtains
There's beauty in exposed windows and it's an excuse to really let light in but should you ever decide to add curtains for privacy, don't skimp and go all out. Heavy and full drapes are elegant and block out light and view. Sheer curtains can be used on its own. It offers little privacy but is chic and adds comfort and softness to a room. Both can be used together for different levels of light and privacy. Full drapes that fall to the floor and pool to the ground looks very elegant and even if the windows are short, using full height drapes that span the height of the room can create the illusion of tall windows.

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Last review and update: August 27, 2018

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Patty Benjabutr is an interior design enthusiast. She loves to write about actionable home decor knowledge because she believes interior design content is something much more than a collection of beautiful photos. You can contact Patty via e-mail.