The History and Story – As Important as the Look

• September 26, 2013

The difference between many beautiful homes and architectural displays and similarly aesthetically pleasing but far less renowned structures goes beyond the look and even the name of the architect or designer. What gets attention and true notice and acclaim is the story that goes with the design. While a bedroom done in classic Victorian design is beautiful – if it is a replica of the bedroom design of Martha Washington that she shared with the first president of the United States it now has much greater interest and appeal. It has a story.

All the great architects and interior designers are well aware of this. That is why when they describe their inspirations they always reference other famous buildings, architects or designs. It forms a connection in the reader or viewers mind, makes them look closer at the details, and borrows from the fame of the other. The goal is to gain interest from more than just the visual appeal and to connect on a more fundamental level.

The simple truth is, a walk through a home to do nothing but look at each room or even perusing the internet for pictures of beautiful designs and ideas is somewhat boring if there is not any detail but “notice how the colors are coordinated and the angles make the room appear larger. The colors should be chosen carefully and the designed lines of sight are supposed to have an effect so that is nothing really worthy of mention and the need to mention it is actually a criticism of the result.

Making a Story Worth Telling

A story worth telling to complement a room’s appearance will improve the overall impression many fold. As an example a beautiful hardwood floor is a fairly standard accoutrement for a dining room. Remarking that it has a nice color and warm glow adds little the value or discussion. Describing the reclaimed flooring company that reproduced the beautiful floor from a 200 year old building in London using the original wood will get far more appreciation and interest. It connects the new floor with history and invokes visions not only of what is now but what it had been for a far more dramatic effect.

Knowing the origins of an architect’s design influence will allow you to say more of interest and importance about any structure. Saying look at the garage is dwarfed by the reminder that the garage on your cape cod  home is designed to be reminiscent of the Nantucket boathouses even if you are hundreds of miles from the shore. The knowledge of the inspiration may well help you to choose a more appropriate interior design and decoration them as well.

Category: Interior

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  1. Michael Schein says:

    I just came upon this site, and I’m loving it. It’s exciting to see a blog that looks at the artistic side of high end design.