Choosing An Interior Designer – Ensure It’s A Good Fit

Calverley Park 11

Many people find the thought of working with an Interior Designer intimidating as it conjures up lavish and expensive designs and an inner belief that these revered people surely only work with the “rich and the famous”! Well, you couldn’t be more wrong as these weird, whacky and wonderful designers can help you with all sizes of projects ranging from overseeing a complete home renovation to getting the colour scheme right in a particular room.

Caroline Pickering from Style My Home, an Interior Design company based in Tunbridge Wells feels her best work results from a compatible working relationship with her clients and here she looks at things you should consider before choosing an Interior Designer to work with.

Interior Design Tailored To Your Requirements

Like most things, it’s important that you choose an Interior Designer who is the right fit for you, one that you feel comfortable with and who will listen to what you want, working around the practicalities of your lifestyle and of course making suggestions and introducing ideas that you probably hadn’t thought about. It is key that your personalities work well and gel together and you both are singing from the same page. Some people just want a sounding board, others want the designer to do it all for them and others are looking for a more balanced working relationship. Whatever you want, a good Interior Designer will tailor their help and advice to the level that you demand.


Considerations You Should Make

  • Determine your budget
  • Communicate if you are not happy with their choices
  • Discuss what you like and don’t like
  • Be specific about your personal style
  • Know which colours you can live with
  • Know how much your designer will charge
  • View examples of their work

Saving You Time and Money

Using their product knowledge, service and contractor experience, an Interior Designer should be able to guide and educate you though the whole process. A skilled eye and their experience could actually save you a lot of time and money. Choosing the wrong colours or fabrics can be expensive mistakes.

Arrange A Meeting and First Consultation

On a first consultation, take some time to get to know your designer and communicate any personal preferences and quirks you may have. You may have photos or magazine ideas that you feel inspired by. At the end of the meeting, you should have formed a good opinion of whether the two of you can work together to design that masterpiece. Always remember that your designer will want you to be totally delighted with the end result. She will not want you to feel intimidated so be decisive and share your ideas together.


What To Do Next

Caroline Pickering from Style My Home is an experienced and listening Interior Designer who works with her clients to achieve the results that they are looking for. She will carefully consider your lifestyle and preferences and feels an initial consultation is all-important to confirm that there will be a 2 way working relationship. To make the changes to your home that you have always dreamed of, call Caroline on 01892 510070 or email enquiries@stylemyhome.com



Colour Trends For 2019

Coral chair

Style My Home is based in Tunbridge Wells and in this article we look at colour trends for 2019 and how some of these great colours can be introduced into your home. Last year the tones were edgy and vibrant, but this year sees more of a lifestyle approach to the development of new shades. The New Year really is the perfect time to ring in the changes and this could include redecorating a room, some new furniture or introducing accessories. First of all, we look at Living Coral, the Pantone Colour of the Year, and see how this can be used, as well as other colours including cool colours such as navy, greens and greys and the warm side of the spectrum including coral through to dusty pinks and terracotta.

Living Coral – The Eagerly Awaited PANTONE Colour Of The Year

The PANTONE Colour Of The Year is 16-1546 Living Coral, and it is something that is eagerly anticipated. For almost 20 years, PANTONE has been nominating a colour and each year the decision as to which colour will win the prestigious prize is carefully considered. The colour experts at PANTONE look at the whole world spectrum for colour influences including design, travel destinations, fashion, lifestyles, new technologies, sporting events as well as socio-economic conditions.

Pantone’s Description Of Living Coral

This year’s choice is described as, “An animating and life-affirming hue with a golden undertone that energises and enlivens with a softer edge.” PANTONE goes on to say that it is vibrant, yet mellow and embraces us with warmth and nourishment to provide comfort and buoyancy in our continually shifting environment.

Social and Spirited With An Engaging Nature

It has been chosen as a reaction to the onslaught of digital technology and social media, which is increasingly embedding into our daily life. We therefore seek authentic and immersive experiences that enable connection and intimacy. It is sociable and spirited with an engaging nature, which welcomes and encourages light-hearted activity. It symbolises our innate need for optimism and joyful pursuits, and embodies our desire for playful expression.

SMH - Coral (1)

Coral Sofas And Feature Walls

If you though coral was boring, you will soon be rethinking that as it is far from dull and combines beautifully with pinks, terracotta and various shades of green, to really brighten up your home and introduce style. A sitting room can really come to life with coral sofas and/or chairs. If you don’t want to go that far and change the main furniture, a coral rug, throws, lamps and artwork will certainly make you smile and add a splash of colour.Why not introduce coral accent pillows or cushions on larger sofas? You could have a feature wall painted in coral or wallpaper with coral coloured elements to bring in the wow factor.

Coral With Grey, Mink, Cream Or Blue

You could completely transform your bedroom by Introducing a new twist and combining coral with grey or coral with mink or cream with both colours being the perfect backdrop for coral curtains and bed linen to create a warm, fresh and cosy room. To bring serenity, peace and calm, pair coral with blue.

Here at Style My Home, we love Osborne & Little’s Caralino wallpaper, depicting an under the sea scene which imagines the jewellery and treasures from a Spanish galleon caught on stems of coral. This would combine beautifully with a coral sofa, and make a warm rich addition to a neutral room or equally a rich look if matched with emerald green. Wallpaper and fabrics are brilliant in a small room such as a cloakroom wall to really give a blast of colour and life!


Coral will also match with Farrow & Ball’s Bancha, named after Japanese tea leaves and is a mid-century modern green, which is a darker version of the popular Olive tone. It will create rooms, which appear calm and serene particularly when paired with soft pinks and browns.

Sulking Room Pink is a romantic and muted rose and more subtle as a wall colour but still gives that warmth.It doesn’t come across as overtly pink and its powdery feel make it incredibly soft and easy to use with complementary tones.

Peignoir is another of our favourites and is a grey pink with a romantic feel inspired by the chiffon gowns in which ladies traditionally brushed their hair. It has a unique depth to bring walls to life and will work in homes of all ages.

Fabrics From Designer’s Guild

SMH - Coral

Coral stripe is really fresh and floaty and will give your bedroom a lift, and you could use with a blackout blind for practicality. Another favourite is Brera Gessato.

In the bedroom, the Designer’s Guild has a lovely Biella Coral and Blush bed linen set combining bright coral and soft blush pink tones to create both a contemporary or modern feel. Coral bedlinen would look fantastic against a mid grey painted wall or upholstered bed.


Coral really is a great accent colour and it can work not only with bold colours such as emerald green, greys, blacks, dark blues and teal for a powerful strong look but equally matches well with soft pastels for a calm interior.  When used with natural materials such as wood, rattan and soft textures including knitted cushions and rugs, it creates a light natural feel that creates interest.

What To Do Next

These are just a few ideas for using Living Coral in your home. Style My Home is an interior design company transforming homes in Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge, Sevenoaks and London. If you need ideas and inspiration about new colours, call Style My Home on 01892 510070 or email enquiries@stylemyhome.comWe are delighted that we have enabled many of our clients to create homes that they have always dreamed about.