Why Is Design Important Now?

Posted on Feb 10, 2016Feb10
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Last month I attended a social media workshop for designers hosted by the wonderful Louis Postel. Postel is an accomplished writer in the design world who led our group through a series of exercises to help us tell better stories and connect with our audiences more effectively online. There were a number of thought-provoking prompts throughout the workshop, and one in particular that especially stood out to me: Why Is Design Important Now?


I’ve spent a lot of time reflecting on this topic, and I’d like to share some of my thoughts with you.

Design by Leslie Fine Interiors, Inc

Design by Leslie Fine Interiors, Inc

The Solution is Out There

We’re lucky enough to exist in a time in which nearly any design concept imaginable can be executed. The breadth of technology and high-quality materials available today allows us more options than ever. Combine this with the vision and skill of a great designer, and nearly any design challenge can not only be solved but customized to the exact needs of the client. Take, for instance, the master bathroom design above. Before renovating, this space was compartmentalized into several tiny rooms. With some creative planning, I was able to open up the entire room and install a double-sided island vanity to make the most of the space. It was not an easy or obvious solution, but we had both the resources and vision to create a master bathroom that perfectly suited the needs of my clients.




Design by Leslie Fine Interiors, Inc.

Style With Substance

When most people think about design, the first thing that comes to mind is visual appeal. It’s easy to fill your home with furniture and accessories that look good, but the way something looks is only a piece of the equation. If you’ve been following this blog, you’ll know that I view function as the foundation for any great design. Thankfully, there are plenty of designers who agree, and there are some truly outstanding products to show for it. In the kitchen above, I incorporated modern Miele appliances into the high gloss Macassar ebony cabinets. This makes for an ultra-sleek look that compliments the rest of the space, and keeps an espresso maker, milk frother, and steam oven conveniently in arm’s reach.



Design by Leslie Fine Interiors, Inc

Design by Leslie Fine Interiors, Inc

We Live In A Visual World

Today, the best way to communicate with someone is to show rather than tell. Photos and videos are the most effective way to share a story, and visuals are even creeping into written language in the form of Emojis. The way something looks can change the way you feel. Your home design can help you relax, energize you, and inspire creativity. It helps you express yourself and tell your story. A home designed with all of those factors in mind will make a huge impact on your happiness and quality of life. And because of this, design is more important now than ever before.


It’s certainly an exciting time to be in the design world, and I’m eager to see how things continue to progress in the next few years. Thank you to Louis Postel for the thoughtful questions and discussion during last month’s workshop.


Why do you think design is important now? Let’s keep the conversation going in the comments, and on my Facebook and Twitter pages.

About Leslie Fine

Leslie Fine is the president of Leslie Fine Interiors, Inc., an award winning, full service residential interior design firm located in Boston, Massachusetts. Leslie is known for her personalized service and hands-on approach with her clients in creating functional and beautiful homes. Leslie’s Blog has a large national and international following, and she enjoys sharing her experiences with interior design and luxury living with her readers.

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