Kate can help you create the home environment you’re looking for. She’ll put together several colour schemes for you, taking the leg work out of this process. She will help break down the overwhelming selection process into workable pieces while keeping the end goal in sight. She prides herself on listening to your ideas and needs and then improving your home life by creating an environment that you feel comfortable living in, helping you with both your interior and exterior schemes. Some areas to think about are:
Avoid the rather overused down lighters in favour of LED wall lights, spotlights and lamps that can create a softer or more dramatic ambiance. You can buy these in soft, neutral or brilliant white to change effects with ease. Down lights and pendant lights cast a rather nasty shadow over your face giving everyone bags under their eyes, so shouldn’t be your main source of lighting in living rooms or bedrooms.
Having one wall in the room papered or painted a contrasting colour, has been popular for a while. Bold is best as pale colours or weak prints just don’t make the grade. Balance the look by choosing the wall behind your sofa or headboard. That way when you’re relaxing you don’t have to look at it.
A window is to a view what a frame is to a painting. Therefore don’t overlook the way you are going to dress them. Dusty Venetian blinds and too-short-curtains are not the way to go. Combining curtains, shutters and blinds in co-coordinating fabrics for the ultimate well dressed look. Go for long curtains for a more elegant look.
We now all know that stripping out your homes period features is a crime but if you prefer a contemporary look, consider painting the walls, moldings, doors and architraves, all one and the same colour. This stops the period details jumping out for a more modern effect.
No matter how beautiful a design scheme it’s effectiveness is destroyed in a second by unnecessary “stuff”. Resist muddling up shelves and surfaces with knick-knacks, in favour of grouping a few well-chosen pieces that tell the ‘story’ and group family photos together for a wall display rather than smattering them around the room.
There are many more areas that need to be considered when developing your “look”. An hour with Kate will give you a whole new way of thinking about what really will work for you…