The considered home represents a cultural melting pot of decorating genres, according to Sian Gutstadt, portfolio director of Decorex SA
The essence of the considered home is a well-edited space that is layered, but not cluttered, with a mix of quality high-end and store-bought pieces. The look is coherent but not matchy-matchy, and incorporates pieces from different time periods and even design styles.
It also demands equal attention be paid to wall and floor finishes as well as fittings. At its core it is about quality rather than quantity.
The considered home is less a decorating trend than an approach to living based on curating a home environment that exudes quality and individuality. It shies away from overly decorated homes. The approach requires an investment in quality rather than flashy, short-lived decor fads.
Individuality is the key to the considered home and, because in the natural world no two things are identical, so nature serves as a major source of inspiration. In the same way that the complex structure of the veins on each leaf is unique, so no two handcrafted pottery bowls will be identical, nor a pair of chairs constructed by a craftsman.
For this look, each item is selected for its intrinsic appeal and its “spirit” or personal meaning.
Detail and display
Hand-stitching, dry joinery, hand-spun or -turned details show off the craftsmanship of the maker as well as the time and consideration that has gone into creating a piece.
Pieces that furnish or accessorise your house should be well-made with quality materials and finishes.
Considered homes often successfully blend high-end or collectors’ finds with mass-produced retail-store pieces.
Materials and textures
Texture is important in the considered home because it is associated with one of our primitive instincts. Tactile finishes and surfaces encourage us to explore through our fingertips, to really, physically, feel the difference between a smooth silk, a rough linen and a warm knitted wool.
Think of the contrasts of rough and smooth, warm and cool and dark and light. On walls and floors, texture creates a canvas for the carefully selected pieces. Opt for the softest cashmere, the finest cotton and the supplest suede.
Light and colour
Although the considered space errs towards minimalism, it is a far cry from the Spartan principles of Zen living. Instead, fabrics and colours are sybaritic in the extreme, with a myriad tones and variations.
Opting for an uncontrived palette allows for the display of different furnishing styles and for the introduction of pattern.
Adjusting the amount of light that comes into a room will also change its mood and atmosphere. The best illumination is daylight.
When it comes to artificial lighting, rather than a single light fitting in the centre of a room, the considered home utilises a palette of lighting options, which might include pendants, standing lamps, spotlights and LED lighting.
Cycles and change
You might change the upholstery on a chair, re-hang an artwork or change some of your room accessories.
Rotate your favourite things from room to room.
Decorex is on in Durban in 2016 from March 18 to 21.