Principle of Design #3 – Emphasis

Written by The Peaceful Cottage on . Posted in Bathroom Design, Home Design, Principles and Elements of Design

Emphasis in interior design is simply enhancing or creating a focal point in the room. A successful focal point immediately draws the eye to a specific point in the design. It does not have to be dynamic in pattern or bold in color because size, color, line, texture, woodwork and ornamental detail can all be used to attract attention.

Some natural focal points often found in a room include: a fireplace, a beautiful view, architectural details, artwork or a large piece of furniture (such as a bed or piano). Other objects in the room should compliment the primary focal point.

Finely Crafted Bungalow…

Written by The Peaceful Cottage on . Posted in Bathroom Design, Craftsman, Fireplace, Home Design, Kitchen Design, Stonework, Wood Work

I have always had a soft spot in my heart for the classic bungalow. Typically, they are full of excellent craftsmanship, well thought details and feel “like home”. This newly constructed bungalow from Black Star Construction Group has all these elements… it is a beautiful home.

Welcoming curb appeal with the deep front porch and flagstone pathway.

Contemporary Arts & Crafts, Santa Barbara, CACasing Detail.

Fine craftsmanship is shown in the details.



I love this fireplace!


This kitchen has great cabinetry. I love the way the formica countertops turned out, the metal trim edging is perfect, and the glass back splash really gives it a trendy feel. The fir flooring keeps the entire feel very comfortable.



I love the dark trim with the light painting. I think the molding adds a very nice touch.



I am always a huge fan of a well designed tile shower. I think that it is a classic feature…

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A more modern take on a classic arts and craft design element.

Full master bathroom remodel. Full master bathroom remodel.

This bathroom is amazing. The combination of the tile with black edging, the diamond motif and the brilliant green work flawlessly together.

(Images may be found at blackstarconstructiongroup.com)