Little Things Mean a Lot

There’s a saying that’s attributed to Mies van der Rohe – “God is in the details”, and I agree.  In the world of design, it’s the attention to small details that can really make a difference.  For example; in a recently completed kitchen project we were confronted with the challenge of making unsightly electrical outlets less obtrusive.  Ideally, we would have moved the outlets up to the underside of the cabinets, so the back splash wouldn’t be visually interrupted.  Unfortunately, we could not move them so we came up with an alternative trompe l’oeil (fool the eye) detail to camoflage the switch plate portion.  I called upon my friend Bonnie Lecat of Bonnie Lecat Designs, to paint the switch plates to blend in with the tile of the back splash.

Here are the before and after photos:


Yes, I know the color combination of white switch plate and brown outlet is hideous.  The contractor just did that because he knew we were going to change it.


That switch plate practically disappears.

Again, it’s a small detail, but it makes the project as a whole much more “finished”.

Bonnie creates beautiful murals and fine decorative faux finishes for your home or commercial space.  You can find her at [email protected].


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