12 Design Truths

Midsouth March/April 2005

Written by Rachael Garner

Photographed by John Hall

Press Photo

In any room one wants to see all of the important elements. Therefore, as rule 6 states one must never underestimate the importance of appropriate lighting. In the dining room, the chandelier and the lamps on the sideboard offer two different forms of lighting that brings a subtle, hidden aspect that brings dimension to the room.

When Midsouth decided to search out the top interior design rules, there was no question as to which designer to approach. The elegant work of William R. Eubanks of William R. Eubanks Interior Design Inc., speaks for itself. Synonymous with refined classic design, Eubanks Designs as well as the work of his associate designer, Mitch Brown, immediately brings to mind a comfortable and liveable vision of sumptuous fabrics of silk and damask, period antiques of Great Britain and the Continent and Flemish tapestries to name only a few.

In response to the overwhelming demand for his work over the years, Eubanks has opened offices in Memphis, Palm Beach and New York. But as his business has grown, he has always stayed true to the basic design principles of pleasing combinations of color, texture, classic furniture and objets d’art. Never forgetting the art of graceful living, Eubanks continues to adhere to the principle that artful arrangement and presentation of one’s surroundings affects one’s emotion and mind.

1. Consider the personalities of the individual clients when designing their spaces, which allows their personalities to shine. This makes a happy marriage between client and designer.

2. Never underestimate the importance of textures, colors, furnishings, patterns, carpets, lighting and objets d’art in their reactions to one another. Rooms are like puzzles: all the pieces must fit.

3. Put one’s personal objects in each room, but do not allow them to overwhelm the space. Antiques and objets d’art should be placed comfortably within the spaces being designed.

4. Look at every room as a blank palette, and listen to how the room speaks to you. Analyze a room’s architecture before assigning its function.

5. Make each space individual, but always have a common thread weaving throughout the home.

6. Never underestimate the importance of appropriate lighting; think of each space as a stage set.

7. Create interesting seating arrangments consistent with the space being considered. Unique seating can be more interesting to look at visually, but it must also remain comfortable.

8. In making rooms beautiful, design each one to be comfortable. You will lose your guest if you neglect the importance of comfort.

9. Understand the surrounding rooms and areas at large in designing a room so it nestles in comfortably to its surrounding environment.

10. Always stay abreast of new and changing technology to design the best environment for the client.

11. Be in step with color trends, although not controlled by them.

12. Never lose your youthful sense of creativity.