Interior Designer London

Interior Designer London

I've been connected to the interior design industry now for 14 years and I'm often asked how I got into the industry and why. The interior design process is a very natural and instinctive one for me, there was no defining moment of realisation that that's what I wanted to be, it happened gradually. Often I would help out friends and family who were always asking me for advice, so when I was looking for a career change it seemed the obvious path to take. I enrolled on an interior design course and started my business.

Thinking back my first interest in interior design and architecture probably started whilst visiting the great stately homes and historical buildings of this country as a child on family visits. At that stage it was just an enjoyable experience that I really didn't understand or think about in too much depth, but I do remember being in awe of the buildings and their interiors. It wasn't until years later that I understood the overwhelming feelings that a room or building would have on my senses, and this is where my passion for interior design and architecture really started.

Often I would walk into a room and have a sense of great energy or calmness; it wasn't until I started to study interior design that I understood why I was experiencing those feelings. It was the effects of the interior decoration and architectural features that provided the atmosphere in those rooms, largely down to the use of colour and texture, I was fascinated by this.

If you imagine a great hall which uses rich colours such as golds and reds in its ornate decoration, masculine heavy wooden furniture and velvet drapes. These combined would provide a sense of energy that befits a room used for dining. In contrast, rooms requiring a calming atmosphere would use colours from the opposite end of the colour spectrum, furniture would be finer and fabrics more likely to be a delicate silk.

No doubt many of us would love to live in the grandeur of a stately house, I know I would, but the reality is this isn't likely to happen. This doesn't mean that we cannot take inspiration from these grand houses and use them in a scaled down manner, after all the principals are still the same. But it takes someone who has studied interior design to understand these principles and adapt them from their nostalgic past to today's style of architecture and living.

As an interior designer I understand these principals and adapt them on a daily bases within the projects that I work on. Today's interiors are less about the prescribed look that has been prevalent in past decades, and more about individuality. I often combine influences from the past with today's trends to come up with a unique and interesting look for a project. An antique piece sat alongside a contemporary backdrop works well; provided that they have a relationship with each other. It's understanding this principal that will often make a project work whether you are taking influences from the Georgian, Victorian, Edwardian, Art Deco, Art Nouveau, Modernist or mid 19th Century eras. Get this wrong and that piece of furniture that you fell in love with and had to have, will just simply look out of place.