Nothing should be left to chance

It is essential to plan everything before the renovation work starts.   lf you're designing your bedroom or a walk in closet make a note of the space you need to store your clothes.  How many metres do you have of short hanging (skirts, shirts, blouses) and how many metres of long hanging (winter coats, evening dresses).  How many pairs of shoes do you need to find a home for?    lf it's a sitting room perhaps you have a number of books and much loved works of art to house.  By having an accurate record of what you need to accommodate and making sure your new plans meet those needs, you are more likely to be satisfied with the end result.  Don't leave anything to chance.  

Illuminated niches for some of a client's treasures were incorporated in a newly constructed stud wall.  

Illuminated niches for some of a client's treasures were incorporated in a newly constructed stud wall.  

Dress up your doors with beautiful handles

Today there's a wonderful choice of materials for door handles.   Changing the handles on cabinets and doors can alter the look dramatically.  lt's possible to find interesting period handles in reclamation yards and antique shops.  Contemporary handles can be costly but the impact they make will be worth the extravagance.    l particularly love these available from Haute Decor at 556 Kings Road, London.  

 

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haute deco handles .jpg

There's more to planning a kitchen than a computer programme accounts for

So you’re going to take the plunge and get yourself a new kitchen.  The kitchen company offers a free design service so you’re all set to go.  But are you?  Over the decades l'vehave been working as an interior designer l’ve seen some basic mistakes in kitchen layouts, mainly because the computer programmes are designed to fit the most cabinets, or a specific combination of cabinets, into a space.

A computer doesn’t take into account what will happen when someone is using the fridge which is situated so its door opens across the entrance to the kitchen, nor does it consider the distance the chef will have to walk carrying his roast from the eye level oven to the nearest countertop.  A computer doesn’t consider where the best natural light is, nor the type of food its user cooks.   

Over the years l have planned and project managed many kitchen refits.  Spend a couple of hours with me at a Pimp Your Home workshop and l will help you achieve the best possible layout for your kitchen cabinets and appliances and save you from making costly and disappointing mistakes.      

Essential Colour

Apparently the first thing our eyes register when we enter a room is its colour.    We are all progammed to respond to colour, whether it’s the colour of walls, cars, clothes, food or nature. 

Much has been written about the psychology of colour.  Here are some images that illustrate ways colour can impact on interior spaces. 

Lighting explained

There are 3 types: 

Ambient lighting – the type that is used to achieve all around light.  Today this is often achieved by peppering the ceiling with too many recessed down lights, arranged without much consideration as to what they will light but rather what geometric pattern they will display in the ceiling.

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good design needs a concept

I am of the opinion that good design is only possible if it is inspired by an excellent concept. Success is largely achieved by the extent to which the designer has stuck to the concept. A concept is not a pastiche (copy of a style). 

What do l mean when l talk about concept? The word "concepts" comes from "to conceive", to form in the mind, to imagine or to think.   To be your own interior designer you need to solve problems and imagine solutions in relation to your specific project.  

When you have analysed the brief, sorted priorities and researched your subject, your reactions and ideas could form the theme that develops into an innovative solution.  Concepts, then are the inspirational thought and ideas you have at any stage in the design process.  They are crucial to the development of a design.  

When you start your project you will probably have some ideas, but how do you go about gaining further inspiration?    There are three typical methods: observation, visual thinking and creative discussion. 

Examples of visual thinking are the Sydney Opera House which was inspired by the discarded segments of peel on a plate after the architect had eaten an orange and Norman Foster's design for Hong Kong Airport which is based on a fish skeleton, an idea that came to him at a business lunch.       

Come along to a Pimp Your Home "How to arrive at a concept" session at a design studio in Leytonstone and find out how to generate your own ideas.  www.pimpyourhomelondon.com

 

Sydney Opera House inspired by discarded orange peel on a plate after lunch. 

Sydney Opera House inspired by discarded orange peel on a plate after lunch. 

Hong Kong Airport, the architect, Norman Foster was inspired by the fish bones left on his plate at the end of a good lunch.   

Hong Kong Airport, the architect, Norman Foster was inspired by the fish bones left on his plate at the end of a good lunch.