Residential Interior design is the process of enhancing the interior of a home to achieve a practical and more aesthetically pleasing environment for the people using the space. Interior designers are the people who plan, research, coordinate, and manage these projects.
The Residential Interior Design Process
Research and planning
Your interior designer or interior design company will talk to local authorities, landlords and other interested parties, as well as you the client, to discover the breadth (and limitations) of your project.
Your interior designer will measure the rooms, assess their layout and make a note of features and services such as fireplaces, utilities and electrical points.
Your interior designer will assess and often change the layout of a space according to the needs and lifestyle of the people who will be living there.
Your interior designer will come up with the proposed look and feel of the room, from colour palettes and textures to furniture, fittings and accessories. These ideas are often expressed as mood boards, 3D drawings and plans and layouts.
Your interior designer will produce schedules and contractors’ briefs, liaise with contractors, order the furniture and fittings and see the whole interior design project right through to completion.
What is the advantage of using an Interior Designer?
It is often the case that people know their home could be improved but they find it hard to know where to start, or to visualise what the result would be. An interior designer has the experience to identify the problems and opportunities in a home and come up with practical solutions. They will have the ability to harmonise colour and source items, some of which are not available to the public. Time is a factor as well. The planning of a refurbishment is time consuming, as is the sourcing of contractors and furniture and fixtures. An interior designer can undertake all this, providing schedules and adhering to the agreed budget.
Who employs an Interior Designer?
Some people simply do not have the time to undertake a refurbishment of their homes. In other cases, they might have an idea of the look they want to achieve but lack the experience or confidence to pull it all together. Interior designers are often consulted when people are at a life-changing stage of their lives. This might be the purchase of a new home, a growing family requiring more space or children getting older, which can change the way a house is used. Some people are at a stage in their lives when they can afford to reflect and realise their home needs a refresh. Whatever the circumstances, an interior designer can help to change your living environment for the better.
How Cathy Phillips & Co Interior Design Company has helped clients in London
Based in South West London, Cathy Phillips & Co, works with clients all over London. Recent projects include these two properties in Ealing and Battersea.
Updating a family home
The layout of the living rooms needed a rethink since the children were older and the whole house was looking tired. The solution was a revised layout so the space functioned more efficiently, a harmonising scheme featuring family-friendly colours and furnishings; new modern kitchens and bathrooms and an overhaul of lighting throughout the property.
Transforming a lower ground floor flat
The previous owner had decorated the whole apartment neutrally for rental purposes. The new homeowner wanted to create cosy, practical living space with the addition of a home office. We revised the layout and introduced warm, textured features along with upgraded kitchen, bathroom and furniture to create an inviting home.
Interested in Residential Interior Design for your home?
London interior designer, Cathy Phillips is skilled at making beautiful, feel-good spaces for people to live and work in, using carefully chosen combinations of paint colours, patterns, fabrics, furniture and fixtures.
Her friendly, efficient residential interior design service covers consultation, space planning, interior design ideas and project management.
Cathy says: “The initial meeting is free, which is when I get to know my clients and their homes.”