Interior Design is Not Just for Adults

The children are back at school, and although we’re only a few weeks in the homework will be racking up. With many of us now working from home, we’ve thought about our workspace, our home offices, but have you thought about where your children can focus on their homework?

Multi-purpose is where it’s at for children’s bedrooms; creating a place where they can both chill out and work. Beds and desks are 2 key elements in the room, and why not combine the two to make the most of any space available. We love this bed from Noa and Nani that gives the option for a fold out bed made out of the cushions and desk area – and the desk area is perfect for Lego or homework. It’s great value and there’s the option to reupholster the cushions to suit your style or colour theme.

Another option is this navy blue high sleeper with desk from Aspace.co.uk. There is ample space underneath for work or recreation and there are coordinating items including this chest of drawers.

If you want a large desk space, this value bed from Argos has a great size desk and can be styled up with coordinated accessories to look much more expensive than it is.

Soft furnishings and accessories will inject your child’s personality into their room, and it is something that can evolve as they get older. This gorgeous desk chair from Anthropologie will upgrade any bed and desk combination with a colour to fit right in.

For a more affordable alternative opt for this chair from furniture123.co.uk for a similar effect.

No bedroom is complete without storage and this ottoman from Westelm will provide extra seating as well as the perfect place to store bits and pieces.

For younger children this play table from Great Little Trading Co has a reversible top for creative play and plenty of storage so they can access art supplies when needed.

This is a great neutral piece, from Little Helper, that will work with any scheme and can either be a dolls house or bookcase; so very versatile.

Children’s needs are continually changing and it can be hard to create a space that works with them long term. We would suggest that you keep the colours neutral so that the schemes can grow with them. Accessories can be changed more frequently, at a reasonable cost, so that your child feels like the room is evolving with them. Multi-purpose furniture is definitely the way to go. Make a considered choice when you get the key furniture and they can work with whatever stage your child is at.

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Interior Design Thoughts from Lockdown

We are going through very strange times at the moment, with many people seeing only their own 4 walls for weeks, if not months, on end. We, like many others, have worked on some interiors projects, maintenance and repair jobs and other restyling projects. One thing that lockdown seems to have made us review is our home environment. Maybe you hadn’t considered a décor update in your home, but we know that having been confined to your homes many of you would love to refresh your home so now is the perfect time to do so!

Interior design and restyling doesn’t have to be budget busting, we very much believe that there is a beautiful interior finish for any taste and any budget.

The Living Room

Other than the kitchen, this is arguably the most communal space in the home, used by everyone in the family. It is a place for relaxing, entertaining, watching television, playing games and much more. Very much a multi-purpose room, especially in a time when open plan living is incredibly popular, you need to choose your furniture and colour theme carefully.

A sofa is often the largest, most prominent item of furniture and can affect the tone of the whole room. Choose your sofa wisely and you will love it for years to come

For a small room this sofa from Neptune is lovely as is on high legs and deep enough to be comfortable but not too deep. Leave a gap between the sofa and the wall to create an illusion of space.

If you need something hard wearing for children and pets, look at Loaf clever velvet. It is very hard wearing and practical while giving a lux finish. Sometimes darker colours can be as tricky as light ones as they show all dust/fluff/pet hairs so we would suggest a mid-tone for best longevity. Alternatively, a tweed with a mix of colours in the fabric hides stains well. Also, if you choose a sofa with a fixed back you won’t be constantly plumping up the cushions or putting them back on straight after the kids have played! The Pudding sofa from Loaf is a great choice for a busy family home.

If space and storage are at a premium in your room, opt for a table with hidden storage like this ottoman table from White Company. Alternatively, when you need extra surface space, a nest of tables is perfect.  This trio of tables from Maisons du Monde adds a lovely rustic touch to a room and has coordinating items such as media units and shelves.  

The ability to either brighten or darken the room makes the living room a versatile space to use during the night or day.  If you have a light room with large windows or a television that faces a window install good blinds or curtains. A thick luxe fabric curtain adds a spot of luxury and will be able to complement any colour scheme. We often suggest to clients that we have bespoke curtains made as they are crucial to a design and having them made gives us a much wider choice of fabric and style and  means we can tie all the elements together much quicker but if you are on a budget try these Geometric curtains off the peg from Dunelm – great value!     

At the opposite end of the scale, you need to also ensure that the room has enough lighting options. Choose a beautiful ceiling light fitting for an artistic centrepiece and marry that with side and table This light fitting from Wayfair would be an incredible statement investment and perfect over a kitchen island or table. We also love this side lamp, also from Wayfair, for adding a pop of colour to a room in a very natural way.

Finally, soft furnishings are a quick and easy way to make a room look and feel different. A change of rug, curtains and cushions can transform your living room. With the hot weather drawing to a close, it’s the perfect time to think about cosy blankets and throws; add a different colour and create a homely autumnal look.

Whether you are looking at a complete renovation or simply to swap a few key things in the room, there is a way for you to create a fresh look in your home.

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September 2020

Spring is Here!

With Spring officially beginning on 20th March, it is traditionally the time to spring clean your home. Spring is also the perfect time to freshen up your home interiors too. Clear and clean, and then your home is ready to redecorate and accessorise. But where do you start?

When a space is cluttered it can be hard to see past the things and imagine what you could do with it. Time to pare it back and leave a blank canvas ready for some interior design. When you have a lot to sort and organise, start with a small manageable space, maybe even just a drawer, and work up to the more challenging areas.

Decluttering

Decluttering is the removal of unnecessary items and helps you take control of your home. As William Morris said “Have nothing in your home that you do not know to be useful, or do not believe to be beautiful”. It is a process of going through items to realise whether then have a place in your home or not.

One Touch Rule

The aim is to touch each item only once, when you have picked it up to decide on its fate, you should categorise it then. The choices are:

  • Keep it – if it is truly useful
  • Recycle it or give it to charity
  • Throw it away.

If you really can’t decide on what to do with something, put it away in a box and review in 6 months; 12 months for seasonal items. If you haven’t needed it within that time then it should leave your house.

After decluttering you should be left with a clear, uncluttered space, which is ready to clean and prepare for decoration.

Spring Refresh

Here are some of our favourite ideas for a Spring refresh.

We love this wallpaper from Wallpaper Direct– treat yourself and make your home pretty for spring. Using it as for a feature wall will create a beautiful focal point when teamed with a complementary colour on the remaining walls.

Pretty, soft spring colours will refresh your bed or sofa, and this cushion from The French Bedroom Company is perfect for the job.

Spring often inspires botanical and natural prints, and there are lots of soft furnishings and accessories to choose from with these designs. This rug from Maisons du Monde is beautiful and a great price and looks more expensive than it is – it’s an easy spring update.

This is fun piece for your entry to give a vibrant and fresh welcome. This durable mat from Amara protects your carpet and flooring whilst being stylish.

Add a pop of botanical colour with this lamp from Lights2Go, it’ll brighten up your house in more ways that one.

Faux greenery and flowers are a great way to bring nature in your home with little maintenance. These faux flowers from Anthropologie are an investment but are extremely authentic and are perfect for a spring look and will be stunning for years to come.

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March 2020

Love Where you Live.

The old adage – Location, Location, Location – is true! When you are choosing a home, you need to make sure the location works for you; are there good travel connections, good schools nearby, all the amenities that you need on your doorstep? But you still need to enjoy living in your house too; it needs to be your home.

All homes need to be spruced up and redecorated periodically; tastes changes and living needs evolve. If you feel your home really doesn’t work for you, you could choose the extreme option and move house – but do you really need to? If the location works for you, there are definitely options to make the housework for you.

If you feel that your house no longer works for you, try to identify the cause of the problem, you can start working on a solution.

Lack of space

This is a common issue, particularly in growing families. The house that you bought was perfect, but extra people needing more space adds stress to the household. Adding an extension to the house, giving you an extra room or rooms, will give you space, but there are other ways that you can create a feeling of space without starting a major rebuild project.

The floor is key when you are optimising space. Seamless flooring, flowing through rooms and, ideally, into the garden will lead the eye. Use the same flooring to maximise the effect; even if the floor is not the same height the same colour or tone of the flow.

Allowing a gap between furniture and the floor is a good trick. In kitchens opt for legs under units rather than skirting as this will allow the eye through under the units and create a feeling of space. Similarly, choose a sofa or chairs with legs for the same effect.

In the bathroom, choosing wall mounted units and fitments ensures that more floor is visible and makes the room feel larger. A freestanding bath also reveals more floor than fully panelled alternatives. Reflective surfaces work in any room to reflect light and create space; in bathrooms, there is more scope to use not only mirrors but baths and cabinets with a metallic finish. Make sure that any tiling in the bathroom extends or blends seamlessly so the eye extends through the room effortlessly.

Throughout the house, doors often obstruct the view and entry into a room. If that’s a problem in your home re-hang the door so that it opens against a wall rather than into the room. This is an easy and cheap way to make the room feel more open immediately and could open up useable space for a piece of furniture.  

Tips:

  • Declutter your rooms and home, this is a failsafe way of making your rooms look bigger.
  • Replace heavy wood coffee or dining tables with glass ones or consider replacing upholstered chairs with transparent Perspex ones – either/or is fine though – avoid transparent chairs with a glass table!    
  • Stick with light airy tones for the décor and maximise the light.

Interior designers come into their element with all aspects of redesigning a house; it isn’t simply decoration choices that we can assist with. With our experience and knowledge, we are well placed to see the hidden potential of your house; the secret storage spaces to be made. If you are struggling with loving your home, we can work with you so that you fall back in love with it.

All the above works with respect to moving house too. When you are looking to buy a house, be led by the location; you can’t alter the locality and local facilities. Keep an open mind when you are house-hunting and consider, if the location works, whether a house could be changed to work for you and your needs. Renovations, refurbishments and extensions; these could be the keys to your home happiness.

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February 2020

New Year, New Design

Moving house or home improvements are often on New Year’s resolutions lists. It is the perfect time of year to have a rethink as new design trends are filtering through and inspiring new products. Maybe you’re considering moving house because your current home doesn’t offer you the space you need. Your home decoration may need a refresh or you want to put your design stamp on your new home.

We love what we do, and we are incredibly lucky to work with some fantastic clients, as well as developers, who are personalising their home décor. We work with those who need to reconfigure the space in their home to make it work for them, providing clever storage solutions and maximising space. But why should you consider using an interior designer?

Why use an Interior Designer?

There are lots of reasons to hire an interior designer to help design your living and working space, and some of them might surprise you!

Save money

With our knowledge and experience, we will help you make the best choices for your home. This means that you will avoid making costly mistakes when you try and do it yourself. A well-designed house can also increase the value of your house and make it more desirable to buyers; great if you are thinking about putting your house on the market. Design helps too with selling new developments, as it allows potential buyers to see the lifestyle acquiring the property will bring, rather than looking at empty, blank rooms.

Budgeting and Planning

A designer will work within your given budget, making the most of every penny you have to spend. With our resources and knowledge of product ranges, we know where to look, not only for the perfect item but for budget friendly options. We take care of any necessary research and put a plan in place so that everything commences smoothly.

Making the Space Work

Our clients often know the end result that they would like to achieve but they don’t know how to make it happen. This can lead to people moving house unnecessarily because the owners feel the house doesn’t work for them, but with the right design a home can be transformed. A common problem is that people lack storage space; we can find ingenious ways to overcome this. Whatever style you would like to go for – we have the skills to accomplish the desired finish.

Making it Happen

When you are redecorating yourself, it can be easy to procrastinate and put things off; life often gets in the way with things cropping up. As a designer, we focus on your project, designing and sourcing. Having an interior designer involved means that you are likely to complete the work in a shorter timescale, not to mention making it simpler!

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January 2020

Design your Christmas Dining Table

Christmas, a time to celebrate and spend time with your loved ones. Christmas dinner, for many, is the highlight of Christmas day and as Interior Designers we think that your dinner table should look the part.

We at Interiors at 58 wanted to share with you some of our favourite things. There is still time to be inspired and create your own spectacular table.

Start with a centrepiece on your table; a focal point. We love this Pinecone Candle Holder from Marquis and Dawe. The light of the candle flame creates a warm, cosy glow and the frosted finish ensure that there is a wintery decorative touch.

Alternatively, a snow globe makes a great centrepiece, adding a touch of class. This globe from We R Christmas features a white reindeer in a forest; shake it for a magical scene.

A table runner gives a great start for your Christmas dining table. With the runner laid, you can keep the decorations simple, or layer them to create a more complex design.

These foliage sprays from Sarah Raven add a pop of fresh greenery. Display they them in a vase to great effect.

You can avoid any seating arguments by using place names on your table. These lovely snow globe Christmas place cards, from Ginger Ray, are a little bit of festive fun for the day.

To finish the table, scatter these stars, from the White Company,  around. The silver sparkle adds some glitter and Christmas magic. You don’t just need to consign them to the table, why not try using them to accessorise your mantlepiece or windowsill. And, of course, remember the Christmas crackers too. These beautiful Angel Christmas crackers from Selfridges will wow your diners.

Your table is all set, but why make your guests wait until dinner to get into the festive spirit? Use a scented candle to fill your home with Christmas magic, like this one from Jo Malone, with the seasonal combination of pine and eucalyptus.

We at Interiors at 58 would like to wish you all a very merry Christmas, and a happy New Year.

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December 2019

Hygge Interior Design – Something Cosy and Comfortable for Winter

The clocks have gone back, the nights are drawing in and there is no doubt that we are well on the way to winter with colder weather here to stay. We often talk about seasonal themes in design, and this is a perfect example of why. Winter trends create warmth in your house and lend themselves to utilising luxe fabrics and textures.

Scandinavian influence is often prevalent in the type of design that suits colder seasons. In fact, there is a word for cosiness and comfort in Danish; Hygge, it defines cosy and warm:

Hygge: a quality of cosiness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being (regarded as a defining characteristic of Danish culture).

You can even learn to live the Hygge way; is it any wonder, therefore, that our list of favourite things for the season will help you create a warm and cosy home?

Warmth is all about rustic finishes, low lighting and layering textures and there’s no better way to start than with these Icelandic Sheepskins from Cowshed Interiors. With a choice of colour and length, you can throw these anywhere in your home to great effect.

Sheepskin doesn’t just make great rugs and throws, it is more versatile than that. We love these sheepskin beanbags from The White Company. Sumptuous curly sheepskin; perfect for getting comfortable and ideal for the family as sheepskin is naturally durable.

If you like a thick, lustrous fabric, faux fur is also an option for you. It can be used to finish and upholster a variety of soft furnishings and pieces of furniture, such as this vintage style chair with birch legs from Maison du Monde. It will enhance a cosy atmosphere and is a perfect match for a Nordic styled room.

Wood and wooden finishes inject warmth into a room with their natural finishes. The installation of wooden furniture will prevent a space feeling stark and cold, but smaller wooden items will have a similar effect. Add these oak stools from Rose and Grey, they would compliment many interior themes.

Soft lighting and candlelight are essential parts of creating the Hygge feel in your home. This scented candle from H&M is pretty, and reasonably priced – good to create a warm glow. Even scent alone can complete a room; a Hygge scent diffuser from Trouva embodies cosiness. Low lighting effects can be created a variety of ways, so if you would like an alternative to candlelight, why not look for a table light, like our pick from Atkin and Thyme, to throw out the perfect amount of light

      

Never forget the benefit of a rug. It will keep your feet warm during the colder months. This rug from Westelm keeps you and your rooms warm in style. Its lustrous silky texture demonstrates its quality, and it will instantly dress up any room.

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November 2019

Interior Design for All Budgets

Interior design is about making the best possible use of available space, and adding style and personality. Design can work with any budget, and if you haven’t got a lot to splurge there are savvy ways to make the most of every single item in your home. We are going to guide you on where to invest and where to save.

Invest

Manage your budget, and decide on key pieces that are vital and that deserve investment.

   

Sofas and beds are where you spend the most time, and their comfort is vital. Choose wisely, and spend as much as you can on these items because they will last the test of time.

Statement lighting always adds a wow factor to any room and every home. A careful choice of lighting means that a room can evolve and change around it, without it becoming dated.

   

Kitchens and bathrooms feature high in the list of frequently used rooms, and they are key areas for investment in your home. Opting for timeless, neutral finishes give you a solid, long-lasting foundation of each room. Energise the units and furniture with accessories, wallpaper, lighting and art. These are things that can be easily and affordably changed, but can change the style of a room dramatically.

Save

Whatever your budget, there are areas where you can save without compromising the finished project.

  • You can save on accent chairs and occasional pieces. These don’t get the day to day wear and tear that key items, like a sofa, will. This means that comfort and quality aren’t as big an issue and you can choose lower budget items.
  • When choosing things that are overly trend-led, think about how long the trend will last. The budget you allocate for an on-trend finish needs to be proportional to the amount of time the trend will last. A seasonal finish, for example, will only last a few months before you look to change it.
  • There are rooms and furniture in your home that will be most heavily hit by wear and tear. Hallway wallpaper, rugs, kitchen dining chairs, playroom furniture; all things that are likely to get damaged through everyday use. Choose lower budget items that won’t break your heart when they do get damaged, and don’t break the bank when you, frequently, need to repair or replace them.

Re-Use

Upcycling furniture is the perfect way to be cost-effective, and allows you to hang on to heirlooms and loved pieces but giving them an up to date twist.

  • Re-upholstering is an easy way to breathe new life into old furniture. This is a great option where smaller areas of fabric are needed, such as headboards, dining chairs and ottomans. Larger items or fabric areas may be uneconomical to change, however you may be able to re-purpose an item instead.
  • ‘Orange’ pine furniture can look outdated, but this is easily remedied by giving them a whitewash or coast of chalk paint which will give a much more contemporary look.
  • Changing the handles can transform the look of a piece –a simple white Ikea wooden unit can be transformed by gold/colourful or jewelled handles.

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October 2019

Interior Design Isn’t Exclusive to Adults

The children are back at school, and now is the perfect time to think about their bedrooms and study space. Interior design isn’t just for the adult spaces in the house, you can use the same strategies to create the perfect space for your children that achieves the right balance of fun, style and practicality!

Study Space

The older they get the more homework that will be dished out and the bigger the need for children to have a place dedicated for them to study; somewhere they can focus and concentrate.

Raised beds with storage and workspace underneath are a great idea. It makes sensible use of the space without being boring. This cabin bed from Noa and Nani is versatile and stylish and will complement a changing décor over time.

You can create something special with star wallpaper from Rockett St George. This could feature in any child’s bedroom, whatever their age.

When styling a room for older children, or teenagers, they sway towards a style that represents the maturity that they are heading for. The choices for the decoration and furniture should be led by this.

This bedside cabinet from Graham and Green is perfect for a maturing style, with its distinctive cloud design.

This gorgeous pink faux fur chair from Maisons du Monde is the perfect addition to a teenage girl’s bedroom. A statement piece that is both practical and comfortable, and that can be used with a desk or a dressing table.

Choosing a double bed for your child’s room can seem a grown up step, but this copper framed bed from Made.com is a great choice. It beautifully designed, and its slender frame won’t dominate the room. It definitely brings some Wow into the room.

Studying for hours, preparing for exams; this all needs to be done in comfort. Choose an office chair that is fit for the job, like the Neptune chair from Wayfair.

Thinking about interior design with children in mind, remember the family areas too. Furniture 123 offer a great bench which combines storage, functionality and, of course, style. It gives you somewhere to hide away shoes and bags, as well as a comfortable seat for getting ready in the morning.

Hints and Tips

  • Invest in neutral, long-lasting pieces. Choosing neutral, quality beds and wardrobes, means they will stand the test of time and you can inject some fun with affordable accessories such as the fur chair or a vibrant rug that can easily be updated as they grow. These rugs are both available from Wayfair.

      

  • Wallpaper is great in children’s bedrooms and if you choose a style such as stars or stripes, they will also age well and can be updated with new pieces as necessary.
  • A high-rise bed will allow for room underneath for either workspace or play space and make the room feel larger.
  • Incorporate plenty of storage but try to have storage the children can access themselves when they want to play such as benches with low baskets otherwise things can tend to be forgotten about!

September 2019

International Inspiration for Interior Design

Summer holiday season is upon us, and many of us will be jetting off for beaches, sight-seeing or culture. At Interiors at 58, we think what better way to make the memories last than by incorporating into your home some of the key design elements from your destinations. Below are some of our favourite pieces that will introduce an international flavour to your home!

The Hamptons

The Hamptons is a string of seaside communities often thought of as a summer destination for affluent New York City residents. Hampton homes have their own style and you will often see blues, whites and stripes featuring in their interior design. They have a cosy, natural feel. Here are some ideas to add Hamptons style into your home.

This sisal rug from benuta.co.uk brings a touch of comfort and style to your interior. The natural colour embodies the Hamptons style, but to create a different effect you could choose a different colour to complement your scheme.

 

White wood brings a coastal feel to rooms, and works perfectly with all shades of blue. This coffee table from furn-on is charming and would suit a dining or living room.

We love the Poirot Grande Sofa from Arlo and Jacob. Get your fix of blue and white stripes with this stylish piece. This will fit in with both a contemporary or classic design.

Parisian

Parisian interior design makes use of luxe fabrics, such as brocade, velvets and silks, to complement the Louis style furniture with ornate decoration. You can choose décor and furniture to create a thoroughly French theme, alternatively, opt for one or two key pieces to make a statement. There are some French-inspired furniture collections that blend with a contemporary style to give you a fantastic addition for your home. Here is our pick of the best to use in your Parisian styled home.

This Louis XV style dining table from Crown French Furniture, crafted from mahogany, gives an authentic French feel with its ornate carved legs being typical of the style.

Gilt decoration is also characteristic of Parisian style; a touch of gold always creates a luxurious finish. You can source this mirror from Anthropologie and make a bold statement wherever it is installed.

 

Turnball and Thomas offer the perfect French inspired centrepiece for any home. The Montpellier Chaise has a silver and gold ornate frame which is impeccably complemented with exquisite opulent silk.

Scandinavian

Scandinavian design is characterised by minimalism, simplicity and functionality. But don’t be fooled into thinking you might be left with a bland look! Colours typically used in this interior style are blacks and whites, and bring together natural woods and metal finishes. A variety of textures and the greens of foliage are the finishing touches to a Scandinavian room. Here are some of our favourite choices to form your Nordic feel.

The natural wood of this dining table from furnish.co.uk demonstrates the Scandinavian influence of the design. Its clean, contemporary design enhances a minimalist appearance.

Nordic design makes use of textures to give depth to simply designed spaces. A sheepskin rug or cushion adds interest to the straight lines of the design. This Murciana Goat Hair Armchair from Oka perfectly combines a padded seat upholstered in fur, with the striking black frame. The design is versatile and can be used as a dining chair, or on its own at a desk.

Keep an uncluttered room with this wall-mounted rack from Nordic House. The colour and material are classically Scandinavian and are the ideal fit for a simple, minimalist room. Display a plant, and get your foliage fix too.

Opt for furniture that unites a wood finish and textured fabrics like this occasional chair from Houseology. The oak legs and linen or velvet upholstery come together for a feeling of simple elegance.

Lastly, don’t forget to display your photographs. In this digital age we often take reams of photos, but rarely print them out. Make your memories into wall art; print out your favourites and choose frames to complement your room design. You could choose a collage effect, simply have a handful of single photos mounted on a wall or displayed on a shelf or cabinet.

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August 2019