April 24, 2012 Chris Wall

Elegance: What is it and how do we know it when we see it?

Elegance is a powerful term. When something or someone is referred to as ‘elegant’ it is heard and received as one of the highest of compliments. This is particularly true in the world of Interior Design. Ours is a visual medium. Our eyes know it first but it’s our subtly refined sensibility, our sense of artistry, culture and intellect that forms and informs us best and shapes our appreciation for design, materials, color and arrangements. As we in the design community are essentially, as I often say, ‘in the business of beauty’, having others call our results ‘elegant’ is not only important, it is paramount.

Are there definitive characteristics that create a feeling of elegance? Or is the term inherently subjective. Will two people see it the same way? And when they do, why?

This is not so easy to answer as the answer is somewhat outside language. Certainly elegance is always graceful, always artful. Not just beautiful but most beautiful. It’s something to aspire towards. It is one of the highest achievements attainable in Interior Design.

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