This year the majority of my work in interiors has involved me helping people who have just moved into, or who are about to move into, a new home. Some are brand new houses, others are established properties in need of refurbishment. Home improvements are costly, both in time and money; professional support, at an early stage, can minimise both. As you may know I offer two hour consultations. Whilst further design work may result from these meetings the hope is that two hours might be enough; enough to engender confidence and encourage you to move forward with your plans.
The time to chat over your ideas with an interior designer is right at the start, when you’re thinking about making changes. Do it before talking to builders or architects – their work comes afterwards. Too often I’ve been called in when the extension is almost finished and the decorator is asking for paint colours… and the client asks, ‘What colour shall I paint this room? And where am I going to put the sofa?’ And too often, after my visit they say, ‘I wish I’d called you in before I started all this!’
Interior design is about creating a home that works for you and your family. It’s about making the spaces you live in comfortable and inviting, exciting, relaxing, and happy. If you spend big money on renovations be sure you know exactly how it’s going to benefit you before you begin. How will you use the space? What sort of atmosphere do you want to create? What sort of furniture do you need and how will you arrange it?
Visualising the space is difficult for many, but this is what an interior designer does every day. The aim is to help you create a home that looks and feels right for you – now, and in the foreseeable future. Your house is probably your most important investment, changes must be well thought through. Plan ahead, in as much detail as possible. If you’ve been watching any of Kirsty and Phil’s programmes on TV – ‘Love it or list it’ – you’ll know what I mean when I say that moving house is one option, but staying put and making the right changes could be a spectacular alternative.
This pic shows a selection of images from a moodpboard I created for one of my clients.They wanted a mix of country and chic and, admitting to not being the tidiest of couples, they needed a style that would help them relax and not be too fussy, or too minimalist.