In interior design there are all types of styles, furnishings, objects and finishes of which one can choose to decorate a home. Not all of them are beautiful. Some are pretty, cool, neat, or edgy, or functional, or kid-friendly, or fun, or as we all know down right hideous. Not being beautiful doesn’t render them wrong, unless beauty is your goal.
For those who truly want to create a beautiful, not just nice, interior I’m going to take you through a little train the eye exercise I’ve done with people to help hone their beauty meter. I say hone, but this is also to define. Many say they want a “beautiful home” when they really want something cute and fun.
Take these two Scalamandre fabrics, both are geometric prints but the textural quality of the velvet on the first one ups it on the beauty scale.
Yes, beauty can be a bit subjective when it come so to people – not so much in interiors and furnishings. The concept of beautiful does have some inherent characteristics:Let’s make this fun. We’ll look at two similar items one is and one isn’t beautiful. No trick questions, it is as easy as going to the eye doctor, one choice is better.
Which one could be called beautiful, picture #1 or #2? They have similar elements and even colors. Both of these entrance halls via Pricey Pads are in multi-million dollar homes. Both are historic homes. Look again, which is visually more delightful?
The first one, is simpler, cleaner, more refined and less of mental mess. Visually it is softer, where the second one is clearly cold, hard and impersonal.
Which tile offers the idea of beauty? Both are textural tiles with curves, both have simple colors. Did you pick the feather like tile? If you did, you are right. The form and shape of the feather-like tile just seems to have that quality which invites you closer, to touch it, to examine it – this is beauty at work.
Kids get this. Ever run after some child, “don’t touch that”? Truly beautiful objects magnetically draw people in to touch, to be closer. Worth noting, beauty and handprints are not for everyone.
I’ll make this a bit more challenging. Which one invites you in, gives you that little ahhh when you get closer? Both are interesting and have similar twisted shapes. Did you pick the first one? Right again.
In this case the color and the material has a lot to do with it. But gold, isn’t gold beautiful? Not always and not here, not with the black. Colors can fool you. Wait I’m not saying black can not be beautiful, but here in combination with the gold it is a bit, oh let’s say retro disco fever. Not the beautiful choice.
The first chair is quirky and fun, but the second antique mahogany Regency style chair is exquisite… beautiful to view and has an almost romantic element. While the red chair is done well, it isn’t what one would call beautiful. Now you have it down pat. Do I even need to say anything here? One is beautiful and the side of meat on a wood box is not.
Notice how the simpler something is, the more beautiful it is. Whether a room or object, the less confusion we have when viewing, the easier it is to appreciate – this allows beauty to happen.
This doesn’t make all beautiful homes visually alike. A contemporary home can be beautiful while a traditional home is not and visa versa. Beautiful homes or rooms are about the special feeling they evoke regardless of their style and an individual’s taste. Being able to view objects and interiors in terms of beauty, can lead you to a better interior in your home.