10 ways to get your interior design project right first time

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TOP TIPS FROM OUR INTERIOR DESIGNERS

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Let’s face it, redesigning a space can feel like a daunting task. From giving an existing room a small refresh to a complete home transformation, it can often be difficult to know where to start. That's why we’ve asked our interior designers for their advice on designing a space you’ll truly be happy with, and will live and grow with you for years to come.

1. MEASURE, MEASURE, MEASURE

It may sound simple, but we’ve found so often overlooked. The old phrase ‘cut once, measure twice’ is synonymous for a reason. Measuring your space helps you understand your options and your limits, and means you can enter into DIY and furniture shops better prepared, and hopefully not have to return again the next day. Not sure what you're doing? You can book a free visit from our designers to help you measure up a room.

2. BE INSPIRED

Having an idea or a vision of your future space makes for a much more cohesive and thought-out room or home. Anything from a colour scheme to a sofa style can spark your imagination and get the creative juices flowing. Our designers say the best places for inspiration are Instagram and Pinterest; and of course, our own client’s homes are a great starting point for many.

3. MOODBOARD TO YOUR HEARTS CONTENT

Following on from initial inspiration, collating these thoughts together to give you an overall feel or mood for a space can help you achieve the end result much quicker and easier. Unsure where to start? Find your initial pieces of inspiration (be it a picture, paint sample, or anything you love) and find other imagery and objects that you think work well with it. This can be on the computer or laid out straight in front of you – whatever you prefer.

Our clients have told us that our lookbook is a great place to start with a moodboard. You can order your free copy of the latest annual here.

4. VISUALISE

Now that you’ve found all of your inspiration and begun to moodboard, it’s essential that you visualise your plans in your space. It can be quite amazing how different the ideas in our heads can be when they come together as a whole. A great way to do this is through 3D visualisation software, so you can essentially do your spatial planning at this stage. Our free design service offers this as standard, and can be a crucial part of designing your home.

5. THINK PRACTICALLY

When our designers help our clients with their space, as well as making it look beautiful, they make sure it functions beautifully too. It’s important to ask yourself the ‘who, what, when, where and why’ of the room that you’re designing,

Who is using the space

What are they using it for

When will they use it

Where is the space?

Why are they using the space

Asking yourself these questions will ensure you’ve got all bases covered when it comes to making sure your design is fit for purpose.

6. TEST FIRST, THEN PURCHASE

Our designers always recommend testing out a design element before committing to bringing it into your space. Be it a paint colour, fabric choice or surface finish, finding out what works in your space best is crucial to creating a cohesive flow. We stock samples of nearly all of our finishes for our clients to try out in their homes Order yours now for free.

We also encourage our clients to come into our showrooms and give our designs a thorough test, even when we are carrying out virtual consultations. Finding designs that fit your needs; including comfort, practicality, storage and touch.

7. THINK TIMELESS

Although it is fun to follow trends, getting caught in a trend cycle can be quite damaging to your wallet and the planet. Our designers recommend opting for classic shapes and colours on your larger items such as sofas and dining tables and dressing them up with accessories and soft furnishings that can be changed and adapted more easily. You can read more about finding timeless style here.

8. ITS ALL ABOUT YOU

It’s easy to be swayed by what everyone else is doing but remember that your home is the place where you will spend most of your time, so you want to enjoy it. Injecting your own personality into your home is a way to express yourself, give yourself the comfort and feel at ease in your own surroundings. Have fun with your space and find your personal joy in your design.

9. DON’T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF

In previous posts, we celebrated the curated home. As in, a home that documents a personal life and interest through mementoes and carefully selected accessories that have taken them a while to accumulate. Going back to injecting your own personality, don’t feel the need to purchase all new accessories at once. Take your time and find pieces that speak to you and tell a story. Also, don’t feel like you have to throw all of your older items away. Our designer’s thoughts are ‘curate, edit, then style’ with existing pieces and find areas where you would like to add new accessories.

10. DON’T BE AFRAID TO ASK FOR HELP

Sometimes the best remedy for a tricky decision is an outside, unbiased opinion. Speaking to an interior designer about your space can mean clarity, less stress and a quicker turnaround to your home redesign. Speak to our designers in-store, online or over the phone for a free, no-obligation consultation about your space. Book here.

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The best advice we can give you is on a one-to-one basis. Our designers can help your specific dining dilemmas with tailored advice that addresses your personal needs, wants and tastes. Available in-store, online or in your own home; explore our free interior design service today.

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