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Top 12 interior design living room ideas from the best UK interior designers

12th September 2016
shalini misra

We spend most of our time at home in our living rooms and traditionally very important rooms in our home. From showing off your social status, to being a place to connect with your family, it’s an important room and one that we spend a lot of money on when designing. So I thought it would be a great idea to reach out to some amazing interior designers to share their top interior design tips with us. Karen Howes –…

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Open plan living, design tips and ideas

15th August 2016
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bloodandchampagne.com Open plan living More of us are living in smaller apartments, and the majority of these smaller spaces are open plan. This is happening right across the housing market, from new builds that appeal to first time buyers to city pads that appeal to those who have country homes. The beauty about open plan living is that it’s a more relaxed way of being in a space. The formality of the traditional Victorian and Georgian layout just doesn’t work for…

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How to create drama in your interiors using texture, shapes and shadows

4th January 2016
South African Interior Design Inspiration

On my recent trip to South Africa, I was fascinated by the use of texture, shapes and shadows that are used in interiors. Due to the sheer amount of light that is available, you can use these elements to create dramatic interiors that work really well. The way that texture is used is quite unique. Layers of textures in varying depths create very interesting interiors, and walls that are textured, that throw shadows, as well as the use of large indoor…

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How to design your living room

19th October 2015
how to design your living room

The living room is one of the most used rooms in your home. It’s where we get together with family and friends, to entertain, relax, play and sometimes, just to be together. A well designed living room is one that works hard for you and your family. This room needs to be multi-functional, practical and also show off your social status and personality. This what interior designers do best, our job is to ensure that each room that we design meets…

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7 Bathroom design tips your plumber wants you to know

22nd September 2015
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Plumbers spend their days fixing problems. They get to see hundreds of bathrooms each year. With all that experience and exposure to bathroom design I thought it would be a good idea exercise to ask a plumber for some tips. In particular, bathroom design tips and guidance on what you need to think about when designing your bathroom. Save time by starting out fresh Strip out all the old bathroom fittings and sanitary ware. This will reduce the time needed…

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What is a moodboard and how to create one?

8th September 2015
moodboard advanced colour workshop klc school of design

As you’re reading a blog about interior design, I’m fairly certain that you have seen a moodboard before. Maybe you don’t know exactly what they are for, but I’m going to try and help you learn what they are and how you can use one to help you learn about your own style.  Before you start looking at styling and designing your own home, it’s important to define what your own style. Do you know what you do and don’t…

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What is space planning and how to create a space plan

1st September 2015
interior design service

What is Space Planning in Interior Design? Space planning is a fundamental element of the interior design process. It starts with an in-depth analysis of how the space is to be used. The designer then draws up a plan that defines the zones of the space and the activities that will take place in those zones. The space plan will also define the circulation patterns that show how people will move through the space.  The plan is finished by adding details of all the furniture, equipment…

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The 12 Best Lighting Design Rules

25th August 2015
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A well lit space is something that you will notice immediately when entering it.  A great lighting scheme will complement the interior design and the architectural features of the space. It will also make the space more practical to use. I agree with designers who say that lighting design is one of the most important elements in interior design. It takes a long time to design a space, and by using good lighting, you are able to show off and enhance…

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Design Rules: Texture and pattern

11th August 2015
texture and pattern

Texture and Pattern are tricky design elements to play around with. People are very connected to their sense of touch, so texture in particular is a very important element in a space. Just think about how children need to touch everything to experience it. When designing a room, the use of texture and pattern adds the comfort factor and heightens our experience of the space. What is Texture? Texture is simply the surface quality of a material. It could be smooth, rough, bumpy…

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Design Rules: Balance & Harmony

17th July 2015
Hoppen balance harmony

One of the easiest ways for me to explain the concept of balance & harmony in interior design, is to tell you how to achieve it. Balance and harmony is an abstract concept, unlike the slightly ‘scientific’ concept of selecting a colour palette. I’ve listed 10 points below to help you to achieve balance and harmony in your interiors. Avoid unnecessary clutter in your living spaces – clearing clutter will make a space seem bigger as there’s less for your eye to focus…

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