Residential Interior

  • TOP 10 REASONS TO HIRE AN INTERIOR DESIGNER

    Do you claim to be an interiors junkie? Do you love to look at all the new trends and get them into your homes as soon as you find the accessories that really hit the special place in your heart? Or do you have a vision in your head but it nearly never goes as planned, or doesn’t turn out how you expected?

    We have a solution, here are 10 reasons why you should hire an interior designer, and sit back and let them do all the work for you, ensuring that you have an amazing space to entertain in!

    1. Spend money wisely and not to waste money resolving bad design decisions.

    2. The wow factor, chances are the experts have just the thing that will look great in that awkward space you can’t fill.

    3. Saves time, so that you don’t have to do it yourself, imagine hours saved searching for the perfect coffee table.

    4. Designers deliver a full room or house complete with accessories so you can sit back and enjoy it.

    5. Designers come up with things you wouldn’t have thought of.

    6. You are missing out on 90% of what’s out there buying retail, and trade usually means a better price, saving money is always a good thing, right?

    7. You don’t want your neighbours copying you, and interior designers ensure that what you’re getting is bespoke to you, your lifestyle and what you want to achieve.

    8. Designers are skilled in the “mix”: high/low, time periods, styles to keep your space interesting and cohesive. They can help incorporate historic details when appropriate, creating a story and narrative to your space.

    9. To spend more time enjoying your home with your family and showing off to your friends!

    10. Designers can turn unused space into your favourite spot in the house.. just like that.

    Last one being, well we are just all round awesome! Now, why wouldn’t you get an expert in?! If you want to understand how to find the right designer for you then have a look at this downloadable pdf… it’ll get you started on the right track. It’ll also get you onto our mailing list where you will be the first to know about interior trends and inspiration as well as any of our special offers before anyone else.

    If you’re still not convinced and you’d rather do it all yourself then sign up to our amazing workshop being held in London soon.

     

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  • Coffee with a Creative: Harri Dhokia of Black Qubd

    Coffee with a Creative is all about meeting like-minded creatives in various industries talking about them, their businesses and their favourite hot drink of choice! Today we meet Harri Dhokia of Black Interiors and Black Qubd.

    What is your coffee (tea, infusions, hot chocolate) of choice?

    Latte 

    What inspired you to set up your Company?

    I found the courage to believe in myself, understand my worth and challenge myself. I was surrounded by young entrepreneurs who inspired me but it also helped knowing that I had the support.

    Can you describe a typical workday (from wake up to lights out)?

    The beauty about my career and business is that each day is different. A typical office day starts with me waking up, doing a workout in the morning, shower, get ready, have breakfast, then head to the office. My daily tasks could be from being creative with design on a few projects, to brainstorming ideas with my colleagues or simply having a laugh.

    Although the business is busy, I believe its important to have a light-hearted environment full of positive energy. I’m generally in the office until about 6pm and head out to either meet friends, chill at home with parents or go to yoga / zumba etc depending on which it is.

    Throughout the day I am always in touch with my friends and colleagues which is important to me. I try hard to having a life – working balance but eventually realised that my work is my passion and therefore that is my life.

    Describe your signature style

    With my business name being Black Interiors, its easy to have a black theme running through my project and interiors but generally I have a neutral canvas with the addition of splashes of colour.

    Describe the best project you could get if budget was a non-contender

    I actually envy myself with the projects I do have with a client who is amazing. the projects vary from new build mansions to central London apartments. One type of project I would love to experience a hotel project or a restaurant.

    What’s next for the Company?

    Wow…so much! I have some powerful goals in place for the business and its growing day by day. You’ll have to watch this space 😉

    What is the best thing about the creative scene in your city?

    London is the heart of creativity. The multi cultural city showcases talent in every corner of the city. But for me, nature is the best thing about the city and that is the beautiful colours found in a London sunset. Its mesmerising.

    How and why did you become a *said* designer/creative?

    I’ve always been an artist and fell into a job working with wallpaper and colour schemes after A-Levels. This led me into a job designing kitchens and bathrooms and I worked my way through job after job in the similar field learning and growing at each step.

    What are your top 3 *creative* tips?

    – I have learnt to always believe in yourself. If you’re talented and are always getting praised for this talent, then believe and value yourself and push yourself harder.
    – Use your creative talent and apply it to life. We are naturally gifted so show it off. and finally …..
    – dream big!

    What *creative* design trends do you wish would go away?

    That’s a tricky one especially as trends have a cycle and generally filter back through into our lives. The beauty about having a creative talent, we have a natural way of converting something quite ugly into something beautiful no matter what the trend.

    Describe your life in 5 words

    Awesome, happy, passionate, fun and positive

    What are you thankful for?

    My parents…I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for them and their support

    What is your perfect weekend in the City?

    People watching, chilling in the sun with friends

    What is your prefect weekend in the Countryside?

    Taking in the surroundings and going for long strolls

    Where in the World is your most favourite place to visit and why?

    I love Dubai. For the all rounder experience of weather, shopping, beach and food. However, for me, every place I visit are created with amazing memories and laughter.

    Harri and Black Qubd are regulars on the social media scene on InstagramFacebook and Pinterest. They also have some fantastic products on their website, so take a look.

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  • The Scandinavian Influence

    The ‘Scandi-look’ is what I have requests for from a lot of my clients, they love the style and the feeling it evokes. The pure simplicity of clean lines and pared back elegance makes the space warm and inviting and is usually functional and minimal. The use of muted tones and earthy materials such as wood is a must for Scandinavian inspired homes.

    What properties do you need to instil in your space for this look to work? Here I talk about a few key elements that you should think about changing up for this look to work!

    Wooden floors
    Natural, earthy tones have pride of place in one of these homes, think pale but warm woods but don’t go towards pine (it’s too yellow). It has to be subtle to be Scandi-inspired and fit the look. Nature is celebrated in all its beauty and so wooden floors are always always the preferred option. Add some potted plants to your interior to further infuse nature.

    Materials – add texture and warmth
    There is a strong emphasis on using cotton, wool and linen rather than synthetics where fabrics are used and even this should be kept to a bare minimum. Think about bold, geometric patterns on cushions and rugs; be they chevrons, strips or squares. Flowery just doesn’t cut it in this look. Wood across floors and furniture is still a fixed requirement and you can never have too much!

    Clean lines
    Keep the geometry simple, that isn’t to be read as ‘don’t use curves’ but don’t have busy, fussy lines all over the space. Generally open plan living is the best type of space, this is in keeping with practical multifunctional spaces that can be used by the whole family.

    Colour
    The preference is for white and muted colours, these make the space look generous and keeping walls, cabinetry and other large pieces in the same tonal range make the space appear larger than it is. This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t use colour; rugs, vases, artwork, cushions and other accessories in bright shades can add character and personality to a space and will actually make them stand out more than if you had a busy, colourful interior as a base already.

    Functional and liveable interior
    The main focus of Scandinavian design is to improve the day to day functionality in daily life and to make life easier for you. So if you have to get inside a cupboard, to get inside a drawer to open the box to get a spoon it’s a completely un-Scandinavian way to live. The open plan model is one that is embraced by Scandinavians and lovers of the style. Make the open plan space work for you and allow you to complete daily tasks with ease so that it is a way of living.

    Furniture
    Strong, bold and clean lines in furniture with a big focus on multifunctional items is Scandinavian. Again wood is the principal material used. There are some iconic mid-century furniture pieces that you can invest in and they lend themselves extremely well to this look. Examples of these include;

    • The Eames Chair, by Charles and Ray Eames
    • The Poet Sofa, by Finn Juhl
    • The Egg Chair, by Arne Jacobsen

    Do you remember seeing any of these? Do you like the look? Some are still available and are very popular, even just as focal pieces for the space.

    Fireplace in the corner of a room
    The cold is big factor in Scandinavian countries and so they always like to have a nice fire, whether that be open or closed. If you don’t have a fireplace or working chimney it’s not a problem, there are some great freestanding fireplaces that have no requirements other than access to power. The key is to have said fireplace offset in the space and not aligned centrally like we do here in Britain, it isn’t meant to be a feature but to keep the space warm and allow functionality around it.

    Merge the inside and outside
    Diffusing the line between inside and outside is so easy to do now, think of those nice, nearly frameless bi-fold doors that you can just open up the space and be instantly outside. I am finding that clients love having that freedom to move into and out of both zones and I try to design with this in mind. Knowing that the weather is unpredictable in the UK means extra precautions have to be put in place for all eventualities, but I think that is part of the fun!

    Declutter and minimise your accessorising of any interior
    Keep your space focused! I have boxes full of nice display items but I could never have it all out cluttering the space up. I regularly curate each of my rooms to make sure there is a different focal point from a piece of artwork on my walls to authentic chopsticks from a trip to Beijing or my original digeridoo bought all the way back from Australia. I do always collect items of interest because I know that they will have their day and be out for all to see. Sometimes though, the hard part is determining what a keeper is and what something to just get rid of is. More on that in another post though. There are also some really lovely inspired pieces out there, you just have to find the right suppliers!

    Light and airy
    Natural light is increased by any means necessary. Windows are generously proportioned. Window treatments, if used at all, are kept sheer or translucent. Mirrors are placed strategically to visually expand the space and reflect any available ambient light. The dominant colour palette is generally a light-reflecting neutral.

    So actually, to completely overhaul what you have in your space currently and adopt a Scandinavian way of living isn’t so hard, in fact it could be the best thing you did, a way of living’ rather than just creating a look. Do you think its something you want to replicate? Will you be taking your space apart? Be great to hear your thoughts.

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