These days I think everyone watches a few television programs and thinks they are instantly transformed into interior designers able to deliver perfect interior spaces, for some gifted individuals this is possible.
Nevertheless for the majority of people this is not really going to happen, at best they will probably produce what I call the “Retail Catalogue Interior”. This is just a copy or pastiche of an interior design style which is popular on the high street, home furniture catalogue or new home marketing suite, that’s not to say it’s inferior or isn’t very attractive on the eye. However it’s not your interior or space that reflects personality, style, ethos, life, beliefs and individuality to name but a few.
The professional interior designer is able to gather all of the right elements together in the right volumes to reveal the client’s tastes, individuality and reflect these qualities into every interior space whether that’s a home, office, retail or commercial environment.
This doesn’t mean that the right elements have to be very or more expensive, in fact some of the items might come from the very same retail outlets, it’s how they are brought together with colour, fabrics, furniture, lighting and elegant design that in the end produces a timeless, comfortable and unique environment that reflect the individual or organisation.
So this is what I mean by the “the difference is in the detail” produce great spaces combined to quality and controlled lighting and pretty much anything you bring into the space will look special.
For example I remember one residential interior design project where I picked up a very old and tatty arm-chair in a second-hand shop in fashionable North London. With a bit of haggling to my surprise I purchased it for a few pounds. Yes it had seen better days but it still had underlying style and with a little bit of TLC would make a real focal point for one of our clients who had a huge book collection. So I made a visit to upholsterer where I had the seat re-stuffed whilst keeping the original cloth fabric, a rub over with Bill’s magic cloth for the elegantly crafted wood arms and legs. What a transformation, the clients still remarks on how it’s their favourite room and how everyone entering the room always asks to sit in that chair.
It always makes me smile when I recall that old chair, well I hope that’s been of interest and maybe it will inspire you to create individual spaces that reflect your individuality & character rather than just go with the latest fashion?
Next time – Antiques do they have a place in Contemporary spaces – Part 5