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Most styles of window can be dressed in a way that will enhance both the window and the room as a whole. Windows that look out over an unattractive view can be dressed with voile or cotton, or an attractive, thin blind, without much loss of light. Other awkward windows can be treated in the following ways: Windows on narrow landings – If the window is in a high traffic area where people are likely to keep brushing past, it might be a good idea to hang the curtains inside the window recess or opt for a blind instead. The former option...read more
An understanding of space, colour, light and pattern, and how they work together to create an effective design. In this article we explore some core interior design principles. Balance Balance is often found in nature, and is also a central aspect of effective interior design. Balance may be found by the use of contrasting or complementing colours, or by the use of several different elements, such as pattern, layout or texture. Symmetrical balance is achieved when one side of the design is a mirror image of the other side. There is a...read more
An understanding of colour, light and pattern is central to the work of an interior designer, but other aspects of the designer’s role are less well-known. These include: An ability to map out each room, take accurate measurements for flooring and window treatments, and assess practical restrictions. Excellent listening skills – a designer needs to listen to clients’ dreams and turn them into reality, within the bounds of what is practically possible and desirable. An ability to negotiate with clients where their ideas are...read more