It’s the Little Things: Details that Bring Out the Best in Each Room

Once you have identified the distinct rooms in your home and their corresponding purposes, it can be easy to consider the design process complete and throw together arbitrary details for each room. However, this is a major mistake; in fact, the trivial details can make the biggest difference in the effectiveness of each room’s presence in your home. When deciding on the particular design details for your rooms, you should consider the physical component, the sentimental value of each detail, and how the small elements contribute to the overall aura of the room and your home. 


Physical Appeal

The physical elements– the decorative and functional items–of any room are extremely important in creating an appropriate mood and establishing comfort within the living quarters. Aspects such as size, texture, color, and the feelings that the details evoke should be carefully considered. For example, colors of small items should be complementary to the room, which should contribute to the mood of the room. In addition, items with shapes and sizes that contribute to the intended structure of the room can add value to the purpose of the room itself. Physical components, such as throw pillows with bright colors or picture frames with geometric patterns should offer high quality and endurance, as well as be able to strike a balance between being complementary and contrasting.


Deliberate Details

In order to bring out the best in each room, each detail should be a deliberate decision. The details should have a clear purpose and serve the intention of the room well. Aspects chosen should not be uniform across all rooms; rather, each room’s minute features should be specific and authentic, highlighting the unique purpose of the room in the home. Additionally, the details should acknowledge and emphasize the personality of each room, making the meaning of the room evident to the homeowner and visitor alike.


Atmospheric Balance 

Rooms should be a mix of complementary and contrasting elements; this will allow the room to feel unified and whole, as well as be perceived as a piece of the puzzle that is the home. The details of a room should not only balance well with each other, but they should also balance with the other features within the entirety of the home. Instead of trying to establish strong focal points within each room, it is important to make sure the details flow well together and don’t detract from the intended purpose of the room. Overall, the elements should contribute to the particular rhythm of the room and allow a person to feel at ease and at comfort. 



Whether it’s the addition of a large piece of artwork to fill up an empty wall, a sacred heirloom to indicate the purpose of a familial room, or a mix of colors to create an environmental ambiance, each detail should be evaluated with a clear perspective and vision for the room. The reason behind a detail is just as essential as its physical features. In order to create a room that communicates its purpose well, it is necessary to consider how the room will be used within the home and to ensure a consistent flow from room to room. Remember: the small details can make the biggest difference! For more information, contact us at or call (763) 479-3117 today.