5 Unexpected Characteristics That Add Up To A Great Home

5 Unexpected Characteristics That Add Up To A Great Home

Abby Stone
Oct 14, 2008


What makes this room appealing is the balance of prospect and refuge. Huh? Definition after the jump!
Quick! Name 5 must haves in your dream home. If you said separate bedrooms for everyone, a spa bathroom or an eat in kitchen you'd be wrong. According to architect Grant Hilldebrand, those things are nice touches and great to aspire to but they're not the main event. What is? See his checklist, and our ideas on how to parrot them in your own home, after the jump...

  • Prospect and Refuge: Balance an expansive space, preferably one with a view, with a snug secluded spot. If your home's open plan or your room has a lot of dead spots, this is the answer you've been trying to put your finger on. In your own home, move your furniture around: orient your room to take in the best view and make sure you factor in at least one cozy nook for reading or taking a snooze that lets you survey the rest of the room. Having these two options adds up to an appealing space.
  • Enticement: This is the element of surprise. The doorway that leads to another room, the staircase that leads upstairs, the light at the end of the hallway. One way to create this feature is by using colour to lead your eye from one room to another just beyond.
  • Peril: This is the characteristic that make us feel in safe and in control. Dramatic views and balconies are two examples of peril. So too is an apartment on a high floor. If your home has neither, just heightening the contrast between of a safe indoors with the wild outdoors can bring this odd characteristic into your home.
  • Complex Order: Variety and a bit of chaos appeal to us more than cookie cutter sameness. Books, pillows, and knickknacks in a home appeal to us as long as they don't spiral out of control. So bring out your collections and share them with the world.

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