As an individual I love a minimalistic look… I just hate clutter!
I love neutral schemes if they are done correctly as they give such a sense of calm, however I am not afraid of colour either as this can make a room look so cosy.
As a designer I take influence from Scandinavian, Art Deco, Contemporary and Victorian styles, adding my own twist to them, ensuring that it complements a property’s heritage… this doesn’t mean that you can’t add character to a new build.
A design has to work for my clients lifestyle, likes and dislikes so it’s important that right from the outset that I get to know them, ask the right questions and listen to them. At the end of the day it’s their home but I want them to really love it!
I have always loved design and putting concepts together and take inspiration from other designers…one of my favourites is Kelly Hoppen, known for her neutral designs. You may think neutrals are easy, but far from it. You need a great balance to make a neutral scheme work, adding textures and layers to create an elegant and comfortable home that not only looks good but works in reality.
One of the most important things to bring this together is lighting. Lighting is a very complex subject from soft light to white lights, positioning, dimming, shadows and how it compliments a room… Good design is so much more than a coat of paint, furnishings, and a lamp!
We all live in a world where we can and want the “look” in our homes that we see on Instagram, Pinterest and the glossy magazines. As we work longer hours, we deserve to live in a home that relaxes, stimulates, and makes us feel good.
We all have different images in our heads. What’s yours?
Take a look at my favourite book by Kelly Hoppen Kelly Hoppen Design Masterclass.
Watch out for the next Interior designer who fills me with inspiration…