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

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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.

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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.

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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

 

 

How to light your home this winter

As we say goodbye to the British summertime, we say hello to dark and gloomy mornings and evenings, which is why the right lighting at home is so crucial over the winter months, even if it just helps to improve our mood!

style_my_home_winter_lightingThink about how light is distributed

To create a warm and cozy room take focus away from a key central pendant emitting light in the centre of the room. Introduce small pockets of light across the room at lower levels – think table lamps, draped festoon lighting, candles, lanterns and fairy lights, and use a mixture of pendant, floor and table lights in each room. To prevent shadowing, place floor lights in the corners of the room. As George Clark says “scattering pockets of light more evenly helps to create that warming, seasonal atmosphere” which is perfect for winter.

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Festoon lights provide lowlight perfect for creating a cosy atmosphere – simply drape in a dark corner over beams or from the ceiling, wrap over a mirror or create a feature on a plain wall.

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Experiment with textures

We all long for a cozy and relaxing space with a warm glow in the winter. However, crystal, glass and metal shades and exposed bulbs can give off a harsh light. Experiment with materials – changing the material of a lampshade can have a huge impact on the way light is cast around a room. Opt for a ceramic or fabric lamp shade, or open weave design, to create a softer feel to the room. Think knitted macrame style, bamboo or white ceramic.

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Choose larger lampshades to be suspended from the ceiling to create a wider projection of light and open weave lampshades to create soft indirect light.

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Fabric choices are also key: if a particular lamp is too bright, changing the material of the shade, its colour or shape can also have a massive impact on the way the light is cast around a room – it also means you don’t have to start from scratch and invest in a whole new light, simply replace the shade.

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Lampshades from Janie Knitted Textiles – prices on request

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Graypants cardboard shades are available in natural, grey or white – these statement shades with their interesting weaves and structure will create eye-catching lighting patterns! From £195.00

Use the right light bulbs

The right light bulbs can truly transform the feel of a room; too much yellow light in the winter will only emphasise the stark contrast to the weather outside and will kill any cosy, relaxed atmosphere. Replace old bulbs with LEDs, or invest in bulbs that come in a range of different colour temperatures – go for a warm white light with a touch of cooler light to avoid a strong yellow tinge. If you don’t have dimmer switches, go for a smoked glass or amber glass shade for the same effect.

Don’t forget your porch!

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As we mentioned in our last blog post, lighting our garden is just as important as battling the gloomy nights inside. For a warm welcoming way of returning home, light up the porch. Hang a glass lantern in the central of your entranceway, or have wall lights on a sensor to greet you and guests before they arrive to your door.

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Moore Lantern in Glass, Pooky – £170.00 – with it’s unusual geo shape of glass panels, expect lots of light and interesting shapes.

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Exterior Box Light, Holloways of Ludlow – from £299.00 – A more traditional style for lighting your porch, style one either side of your front door for most light and a stylish look.