Exquisite Details – The Importance of Accessorising
When it comes to elevating an interior design scheme from great to exceptional, the magic lies within the detail and the layering of exquisite materials. These edifying details can be found in many different elements of a design, from a perfectly cast metal arm set into a rich silk velvet upholstered chair, or a specialist finish applied to the doors of a bespoke cabinet. However, there is one overarching element which can link all of the beautiful details within a design scheme and yet still add a further layer of note and luxury; the accessorising.
There are several key areas we interior designers concentrate on when creating the optimal balance of accessorising within a scheme – colour & finish, materiality and scale.
The layering of a complimentary colour palette provides the opportunity for a clear thematic link throughout an interior design scheme. Take for example a stunning artwork and the beautiful colours this may contain; these colours can be translated into the fabrics chosen for upholstery, a curtain trim or a decorative rug. Alternatively the finish on the frame, for example if featuring elements such as gold or tortoiseshell, can be linked to an element on a piece of furniture. Linking details such as these incorporates a common thread within the design that is carried throughout the room.
By repeating a material seen in a piece of furniture or within the room’s architecture through an accessory, very subtly one can control the balance of how the user experiences a room. For example the repetition of the same metals can be drawn out through the accessorising, to highlight these features within the space. In turn this can warm or cool the colour temperature of a room depending upon the tones of the metals chosen.
The scale of furniture and the accompanying accessories are hugely important within an interior design scheme. A large interior space filled with generous sized furniture calls for proportionately large scale accessories, whilst equally intricate and delicate pieces of furniture required accessorising with similarly balanced pieces.
When the scale of the furniture and accessories are disproportionate, the room can seem either too crowded with too many small elements on large furniture, or the furniture within a room can seem too fragile or small if the scale of the accessories are too large and therefore overpowering.
At Morpheus, our team of interior designers will often custom design pieces of furniture, altering the proportions to perfectly suit the scale of the space in question and choosing fabrics which complement the overall design theme, highlighting key details within the scheme.
Accessorising, or adding the finishing touches, within a room is key to creating a holistic design scheme where every aspect of the room is in harmony. It is only by thoughtfully adding layer upon layer of luxurious context into our schemes, that the resulting completed project showcases a highly detailed yet original design. By creating a network of subtly linked design themes and accessorised pieces one can truly cement the language of a design.
Fig 1. Formal reception room, Ashberg House, Chelsea
Fig 2. Leather studded headboard, Master Bedroom, penthouse apartment, St Johns Wood
Fig 3. Armchair bespoke designed to scale, penthouse apartment, St Johns Wood
Fig 5. Dining table details, apartment, Six Senses Residences Courchevel
Fig 6. Hallway console table and accessories, apartment, Six Senses Residences Courchevel
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