So, you decided to get some renovations or perhaps build from scratch, how exciting! Perhaps your first stage is to engage with an architect, to draw up some fine detailed plans for your new proposed space. Great! However, what about the interior details, is it just as important to get a professional input on these too?
Architects play a vital role in ensuring your building is designed, both aesthetically and structurally sound. There is no doubt, that without their input many structural renovations and major works to a project would struggle to go ahead. With Interior Design in comparison perhaps this is the reason to why using someone for this, is overlooked. After all, a project can still proceed without the input of an interior designer.
Firstly, when you're sitting in your new space, I stress the word "Inside". Yes, as lovely as the structural works out side can be, ultimately the majority of your time is being spent inside the build. So why would this not be crucial in function and style?
Interior Design, is more than just curtains and paint, the principle of design revolves around 7 key principles including lighting and space. Despite the colours and textures adding equal amount of value to the way a home feels, it can be judged as being more of a personal preference for some people- which I am in support of.
However, when it comes to lighting and space it is always useful to engage with a professional on this. We are trained in how to carefully space plan a room, and calculate exactly where and why items of furniture should be placed. Taking into account how you use a room, proportions and the ability to transition efficiently to make your overall space more liveable. Using computer aided software, we can generate floor plans much like your architect, only showing the placement of furniture, accessories and even textures to help you visualise everything before you sign off.
Lighting, allows the whole design to be appreciated appropriately. Over lit or under lit, either extreme is distracting, disrupts the ambience and can make your actual scheme not look good at all. Lighting is segmented into different types, depending on what they can bring to a space. Does it help you focus on a task? Will the light look good in the design? How does it make a room feel, warm or cool? Having each type of lighting is important, and the ability for each type to compliment one another in different ways can be the difference between a home that is professionally designed and one that isn't.
Colours as mentioned, are a personal thing, however there is a way to make your chosen colour coordinate, flow and sit just right in the room. Whether you decide on Blues or Yellow, Greens or Pinks, or perhaps a combination of all or a few. The input of your designer, can help all the contrasts sit well together and bring the correct feel you desire to your space.
Professional input on your flooring, choice of feature, wall finishes, ensuring the furniture is long lasting a comfortable, where best to place mirrors or artwork and the choices available for lighting and different textures around the room. An Interior Designer, is invaluable when it comes to bringing your space together. You wouldn't compromise on the external features, so why overlook the input of bring together the interior?