This is a question about personal observation of designer aesthetics and taste.
As someone who is hired to design sounds for all types of moving pictures, animations, graphics and scenes, I find myself very often being honest with myself and asking "does this thing I'm looking at need a sound at all?"
As sound designers, we inherently love to throw down complex stylized cool sounds, future glitchy sound effects, detailed micro timed edits and automation matching perfectly to a visual occurrence and often times bringing it to life in a way impossible without the detailed sound work. But, as I grow in my profession, more frequently I will make the call to not put some sound effect on something, or not sound design a piece and just let the music and voice tell the story.
So, my question in the broadest since is:
Do you ever find yourself in this position?
Have you ever told a client "I don't think it needs sound design" even though you've been offered the job to design it?
Have you ever spent time on a complex design piece only to step back, be objective and realize the piece is better without much of the sonic design?