Commercial Interior Design

Spotlight on London Design Week 2016

During March, London becomes the international capital of design, when it welcomes London Design Week at Chelsea Harbour’s Design Centre. Whether you’re a designer and looking for specific products for a client, re-designing your own home or just passionate about interiors, you will be sure to find something special at Chelsea Design Centre, with over 500 of leading brands in the interiors sphere. Style My Home visited London Design Week during one of the first days to explore some of the highly anticipated new collections, here are some we think are definitely worth noting:

When it comes to lighting, there was one clear winner for us at London Design Week. Porta Romana’s new Elemental collection includes a variety of shapes, patterns and colours taking inspiration from natural elements, with aspects resembling honeycomb, insect cocoons, crystals and burnt wood, and colours clearly representing cool clear blues of air and water matched with the hot rust tones of earth and fire. Decorative, luxurious pieces, the pendant lighting from Porta Romana’s Elemental collection will be sure to create a statement!

After visiting London Design Week, it seems like orange is definitely the colour for 2016! Although it’s already a statement colour, teaming it with bright blues and teal creates a beautiful statement look. Style with neutral furniture and accessories with simple geometric prints, like we spotted in Fox Linton/Jim Thompson, for an interior that’s both modern and rich.

As we’ve already said, orange and bright blues seem to be enjoying a moment, as we found them showcased in fabrics across the Design Centre. 2016 also seems to be the year for rich and fun patterns, both modern and traditional, Osborne and Little’s new collection demonstrates a retro/mid-century vibe with geometric shapes and pastel tones mixed with bold brights, whilst Colefax & Fowler’s new collection includes rich, luxurious velvets with traditional and oriental designs.

When it comes to wallcoverings, 2016 is all about creating a feature, with both texture and patterns taking centre stand. Brian Yates’ new Vinyl collection of non-woven wallpapers include a denim-inspired design, with muted colours that create the perfect piece to showcase on one statement wall or across the room with either muted furniture and fabrics or statement oranges and blues, the ‘must-have’ colours for this season. With Cole & Son’s new collection, we see more inspiration from nature; with shimmery mineral surfaces, woodgrain textures and coral inspired patterns. When it comes to tiling, there’s only one brand to aspire to at the Design Centre; Ann Sacks’ collection are so beautifully simple that they speak for themselves.

Make sure to take a look at Design Centre Chelsea Harbour’s website to see some of the iconic new collections from international leading interior brands!

5 Ways to Create an Inspiring Workspace in 2016

It’s 2016 and that means a new year filled with a list of goals, new clients and lots of work to do. If you are finding it hard to get motivated or you want to increase your productivity, getting your workspace in order will be massively beneficial to both your happiness and your business.

For some inspiration, here are our 5 best office design tips that will transform an uninspiring or average workspace into a productive and nourishing space that works for you and your business – now you can finish your to-do list with lots of time to spare!

Green plants

Adding green plants to an office space is something everyone should want to do. Research has shown that simply adding greenery to an office increases employees’ work engagement; being physically, cognitively and emotionally more involved in their work. (via Exeter University). Not only do they provide an increase in productivity, cleaner air to breathe and reduce stress, plants also improve the look and feel of your workspace, for both you and your clients – and they’re affordable!

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Colours

A simple way to update a dull or outdated interior is to introduce colour; either in the form of a whole new colour scheme or simply one colour. Colours can have a positive psychological effect on workers, with different colours prompting specific feelings and emotions; for example, red and oranges create an energetic environment, blue and greens have a calming and relaxation influence, yellows and bright accents create a sense of happiness for employees who may be feeling bored or unhappy, and pastels lighten an area without being too intense. We’d recommend to stick to one colour or scheme which can be showcased either in furniture, a statement wall or across the room accents.

*Photos found on Pinterest

Furniture

Office furniture doesn’t always have to be minimal, neutral and purely functional. Carefully consider the space itself – does it have an unusual shape, special features or amazing windows that need to be celebrated? Can your business be represented through your furniture – for example, if you are a photographer, find furniture that showcases past work and provides an interesting storage solution like painted shelving units or a feature cork wall, if you’re an interior designer, create a space that demonstrates your aesthetic, with cozy and welcoming furniture from your favourite brands or trusted suppliers.

*Photos found on Pinterest

Light

Natural light can play a key role in our mindset when at work or in a home office – not only does it directly affect what and how well we are able to see, but it indirectly affects our mood, hormonal balance and behaviour, especially in terms of happiness and productivity. The prospect of adding natural light to a workplace does sound daunting, but it doesn’t have to mean adding new windows or creating innovating glass structures – add more mirrors to reflect light, paint walls white for a bright backdrop, add white or light coloured furniture, or install light wooden flooring.

*Photos found on Pinterest

Textures

To create a cozy space, that feels stylish and complete, add a mixture of textures. Offices tend to feature an abundance of metal and smooth textures, so incorporate things like wood and textiles – textures that have different patterns and are interesting to both the eye and to touch. It’s all about finding the perfect balance that you like, either one simple textile introduction or by changing something more dramatic like an architectural element. A quick way is to add textiles; a throw on the sofa, extra cushions, tablecloths, or tie a room together with a rug; add a geometric or ethnic print for a statement look. For a more permanent look, add parquet flooring, paint a patterned wall, ceiling mouldings or wooden beams.

*Photos found on Pinterest

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Assembly Hall Bar Refurbishment

Having been a visitor to the Assembly Hall over the years, I was very pleased to win the contract to refurbish the bar at Tunbridge Wells Assembly Hall recently. The bar was in desperate need of a facelift and I wanted to address the Art Deco features evident inside this building which were hidden in the existing décor.

The brief was specific and practical, lots of people using this space from the WI meetings drinking tea and coffee in comfortable surroundings, young children buying ice cream and sweets during a matinee, to the several thousand strong audience in the Auditorium demanding speedy alcoholic refreshments during the interval.

I wanted to make the public feel it was a stylish venue to arrive when going out for an evening of entertainment. During the day the council use this space for various events and meetings, so I also felt the staff should feel they were working in pleasant surroundings.

Refurbished art deco bar at the Assembly Hall, Tunbridge Wells

As budget was limited and the main bar is so large we refurbished the existing bar, added a stainless steel wrap to the top and a kick plate and painted the bar dark grey. The coffee bar was rebuilt and fitted with a new Corian worktop.

This was a much more practical space for coffee, ice cream and confectionary sales and with the addition of a new Perk and Pearl coffee machine, I think this bar will be a very popular addition to the space.

The coving and architraves were picked out in contrast paint colours, the original Bakelite bar made more prominent with the addition of new black radiators and black bar stools. I wanted the original windows to become a more definite feature as well as dress them to allow maximum light into the bar. The windows were dressed with deco shaped pelmets. Glass ceiling chandeliers above the bar grouped to give a striking focal point, creating a glamorous atmosphere.

We wanted to reinstate the original marble walls in the Foyer with a feature wall in the bar we used large porcelain ties to one wall, lit with led lights to create a soft lighting feature creating a more intimate seating area with contemporary upholstered seating fitted to the outside walls.
The addition of sofas and small footstools has also allowed flexible seating but created more sociable seating areas near to the coffee bar. With the addition of some bright coloured fabrics, checks and plain blocks in the upholstery we added brightness and interest to the area. The carpet was designed and made for us inspired by original Art Deco textile designs, this was also selected to continue through to the Auditorium and Circle which has really made the space look really special and works very well with the new Auditorium seating.

It was the official opening last week and the feedback was really very positive from staff, press and the public. I hope the public will now feel, when they buy a ticket for a show, that they will have a very positive experience, they will enjoy the bar area and will want to meet their friends pre theatre, as well as feel the Auditorium is a special place to enjoy their theatre experience.

If you have any feedback or questions please do not hesitate to contact me at: caroline@stylemyhome.com