Prioritise Rooms for an Interior Design Spring Refresh

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Prioritise living space before redecorating this Spring

Refresh and renew your home with beautiful interior design
If you have not already thought about priorities for styling your rooms at home this year, now is probably a good time to do so. Planning redecoration, refurbishment or renovations for the home is best started early in the year so that works can be scheduled in good time and you can utilise the longer days and the better weather for decorating.
While it’s still pouring with rain outside what better time to spend the morning flicking through your favourite interiors magazines. Fireplaces, wall coverings, furnishings, bathrooms, kitchens, bedrooms, living rooms, studies, conservatories, loft and basement conversions, children’s bedrooms and halls, stairs and landing interior design work in Kent, Surrey, Sussex and London is a speciality of ours.
We love Kent Life magazine which is running a ‘Through the Keyhole’ series of interior design features at the moment! Check out the January issue featuring one of our interior design projects in Tunbridge Wells, Kent.
Get in the Mood

Magazines are a wonderful inspiration for interior design, colour and style. Pinterest is great, with so many great images to get interior design inspiration from. Making your own ‘mood board’ on a virtual social media platform such as Pinterest is quite straightforward. It’s a good starting point when you are considering a project but in reality, you may need guidance. Professional advice, good knowledge of what is available and where to find it needs consideration. Preparing a schedule of works and budget may sound easy enough, but keeping all the trades to the schedule and staying within budget takes good planning.
Visiting trade shows and designer fabric houses is a passion of mine. I spend time at the interior design shows and visiting my favourite specialist suppliers who display new products each season. Knowing the new colours and trends for 2014/2015 helps designers such as me to formalise an interior plan for clients and bring it to life.
Whether it is for the home or office it is advisable to take an early brief from a client and spend time looking and deciding what will work best in your property.
Discuss what you need each room for and what style and colour scheme you would prefer.
You can decide on a colour scheme and collect lots of images for your ‘mood board’. You can review your collection of images and decide on the way forward with your experienced interior designer who will need to know your likes and preferences.
Prioritise your Space
Points to consider when thinking about what a room will be used for are:
1. The needs of you and your family.
2. Do you need a study for working from home? Do your children have homework and need to use a computer?
3. Do you have family or friends coming to stay regularly?
4. Could you do with getting all your children’s paraphernalia out of the living rooms and into a tailor-made playroom or ‘den’?
5. What’s the likelihood of using the loft or basement as living space?
6. Would your house benefit from an extension or complete refurbishment
Once you have thought about the needs of each member of the family, you can start to plan what storage is needed for each room. Clever storage ideas can release floor space and bring a fresh new look to the whole house and allow you to live in a pleasant and easy to use home.
You may have one room in the house which is an absolute dumping ground for all the clutter you can’t find homes for in other rooms. If this is the case, it may be time to get a skip or get to know your local charity shop. What is the use of thousands of books that no one looks at, sewing machines which may be useful one day or sentimental relics from your childhood? We are all guilty of the saying: “I might need it one day”. If you haven’t used it in the past 12 months, do yourself a favour and release it for someone else to enjoy. The British Heart Foundation will collect furniture, electrical appliances and your local charity shop will be delighted with clothes and bric-a-brac to raise much needed funds.
It is so ‘cleansing’ to start again. I think of spring as a time for renewal.
If you are considering a project for your home interior this year and would like my help please get in contact.