Featured in March/April 2019 Issue of Beaconsfiled Local and Amersham Local Magazine
As the famous American actress turned interior decorator, Elsie de Wolfe, once said ‘I am going to make everything around me beautiful - that will be my life.” The New Yorker described her as the person who invented interior design. And it was indeed De Wolfe’s signature anti-Victorian style that made her the trailblazing influence of the 1930s in the world of interiors. Fast forward to the present day, and if you ask Google, it describes ‘interior design’ as the art or process of designing the interior decoration of a room or building.
But what’s important is not the definition but the feeling it evokes. Enhancing the interiors of the space you live in, use for business, or as a personal retreat, will provide a healthier and more aesthetically pleasing environment for you, and may also improve your quality of life.
We are lucky that in a world where social media is omnipresent, inspiration for interiors is plentiful. With one scroll or click, you have access to the most beautiful designs – the room of your dreams. But it can be overwhelming! The pressures of trying to emulate the latest trend for your home and coordinate design schemes on your own doesn’t come easy to everyone, especially for those who don’t have the time to dedicate to creating beautiful spaces. It is okay not to be perfect. I’m not perfect either!
So what is the value of hiring an interior designer? We are trained professionals who understand implicitly the principles of design. I like to refer to interior designers as problem solvers! From finding solutions to achieving the right symmetry and balance in a space, to understanding scale and proportion and perfecting the art of layering a space through texture, colours and objects. It is the duty of an interior designer to stay abreast with current industry news, innovation and trends and also cultivate strong relationships with manufacturers so that you reap the rewards of an interior designer’s expertise.
Struggling to perfect the finishing touches to a space or figuring out the right furniture layout can be difficult. These problems may feel small, but when resolved by a professional, they have a significantly positive impact on how you live.
Most interior designers follow similar approaches to tackling a project. After listening to the clients needs, mood boards may be created to inform the direction of a design concept. Ideas can be communicated through hand or digital drawings, especially when it comes to space planning. And the nitty gritty task of project management can be undertaken by an interior designer to oversee the smooth operation of the project.
Creating the right space for you is a fun and exciting process so whether you do it yourself or hire a professional to help, enjoy it!