Are you planning a new project or feel like your space is in need of a refresh? To mark International Women’s Day on 8 March, I’ve asked five of our favourite female industry experts, from architects to creative directors, for their top interior design secrets.
Whether you’re considering a kitchen renovation, a bathroom remodel or a bedroom refresh, seeking help from the specialists is always a good idea. So, these interior design secrets will definitely come in handy – from taking your time and creating interest to personalising your layout and playing with colours and patterns.
Get your pen and paper out and let’s delve into the industry knowledge of these incredible women…
Interior design secrets…
1. Take your time
“If possible, allow time to live in the property and experience the space during all seasons. When you decide you are ready to start a project, choose an architect you trust and feel comfortable working with.
“The design should be allowed to develop first on paper through consultations, exchange of ideas and trying different layouts before starting any construction.
“To create an identity for your home, opt for open, light-filled spaces, rich materiality, precise detailing and a strong connection between inside and outside living,” says Aphrodite.
2. Personalise your layout
“I believe kitchens can truly change lives. If you don’t enjoy using the space, you won’t cook from scratch as much, so you may not be eating as healthy as you would like. So, get the layout right first.
“Check whether your belongings will fit in your new units, if you have enough storage, and if the items can be kept in the place you need them to be – for example keeping pans near your hob. Once this is cracked, you can start on the pretty stuff such as door styles, colours and materials.
“My golden rule is tell me your dream first, then we can work out the compromises from there,” says Emily.
3. Play with colour
“I always say: create a scheme that represents your story and don’t blindly follow trends.
“60% of the space should be a dominant colour, 30% should be the secondary shade or texture, and the last 10% should be an accent. But if you are colour confident, feel free to add more.
“In my view, the balance of proportion, colour and pattern, lighting and style, all in line with the personality and story of the people inhabiting the space, makes for great interior design,” says Eva.
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4. Choose the right trades
“It’s one of the most useful ways to gather your ideas and build a clear picture of what you want to achieve.
“Once you have your design nailed, it’s also crucial to use trusted installers. The finish of a space such as a bathroom will make all the difference in the overall design. And as these rooms are often smaller, every inch matters.
“Be sure your chosen company can implement what is being proposed before proceeding. A good idea is to find out if you can go and see any previous work they have done in person. Talk to friends and family for any recommendations they may have. Word of mouth is very valuable,” says Lilly.
5. Rearrange repeatedly
“Start with identifying your style, whether it’s a neat, symmetrical design, or something more laidback and eclectic, and then take it from there.
“Play around with your interiors and have fun with colour and pattern. Move accessories to different spots, and try different ways of styling objects until you’re happy with what you have.
“I think having creative vision is knowing not only how to position items, but also how to layer and enhance them, too. For example, ensure you look at the materials of accessories that sit together to make sure there is variation in texture. Get a mix of shapes and sizes, too and experiment with accessories in different areas. It’s all in the details,” says Laurie.
I hope you have enjoyed these interior design secrets from some of our favourite women in the industry. Have you made a note of all these valuable tips? Then happy planning!
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