When we’re picturing our dream homes, we tend to focus on the big picture. The thing is, the big picture doesn’t turn out how you dreamt it unless you zero in on the little things. Materials and objects we come into daily contact with, yet don’t typically pay attention to, can really make or break the overall aesthetic of your home. Here are six little design details that matter much more than you think.

Door Hardware

Whether you’re building a custom home from scratch or renovating your current one, you’ll want to test out all types of doors and door hardware. Test hollow-core doors and solid-core doors and test doorknobs of various weights. You want the weight to feel just “right,” not just look appealing. Once you choose a weight and size, ensure that all of the door’s hardware is consistent in finish and style for a seamless aesthetic.

Tailored Trim

Just like you tailor a suit to fit your body’s shape and size, you should tailor your trim to suit your rooms. Not only will a well-trimmed room look elegant in appearance, but it will also help to unify each room and orchestrate its own style. The trim should reflect your home’s overall design.

Posts and Trim on Islands and Cabinets

If your counter overhang allows, consider adding posts and trim to the corners of islands and end cabinets. These are areas you typically overlook, but have potential to truly elevate stock cabinetry and add some character to your kitchen.


Vanity Feet

It may seem small and unimportant, but the feet on a vanity can truly transform your bathroom. You can add bun feet to make it resemble a piece of furniture and if there’s room, add a band of trim for an extra dose of charm. You’d be surprised at what a difference it makes.

Cabinet Feet

Built-in cabinetry is great, but you can make it look even better by adding cabinet feet for a real custom design.

Mirror Frames

Wrapping your bathroom mirror with trim can significantly enhance the overall aesthetic in your washroom.

Remember, the whole is only the sum of the parts. If you want your dream home to truly live up to its potential, you need to consider the smallest design details just as much as the large ones. Then watch as the big picture slowly comes together, piece by piece.