Getting to know you is as important as visiting your property and forms the backbone of the interior design process. During the initial visit, I will sit with you to get an understanding of what you want to achieve and advise and guide where I can. This enables me to assess your property and talk about the services I can offer. I can then provide you with a written proposal outlining timescales, budgets and services for agreement.
Conceptual Development & Layouts
On appointment, a detailed brief will be taken where your needs will be identified. The next step is to measure and photograph your space so that I have the information needed. Once your living space dimensions have been defined and organized into a written plan, it’s time to start planning your space.
Depending on your needs and job requirements, further detailed sets of drawings may be needed to include tile settings, lighting designs, ceilings and detailed cabinetry elevations.
Committing your plan to paper provides everyone involved with the facts they need to do their job efficiently, thus keeping misunderstandings and mistakes to a minimum.
Once the layouts have been approved it’s time to explore and personalise the interior design options in much greater detail. Not only do we discuss the different materials that can be used for the floors, walls, doors and architraves, we might also look at selections for lighting, fixtures and furniture options along with final touches like carpets, furnishings and accessories. Designs for fitted joinery and custom-made furniture items are also drawn up with plans and elevations.
Lighting is one of the most overlooked and yet most important elements of good interior design. It can make a space feel welcoming, romantic, playful, warm or cold. It can showcase other design elements like colour, furnishings, art, architectural features and various other material surfaces and textures.
Whether it’s natural or coming from an artificial ambient source, we are often oblivious to its presence and the impact it can have on our emotions. Lighting can play a tremendous role in how we feel and how our home looks and feels.
Most of us go out of our way to bring as much natural light into our homes as possible, whether it be through large windows, French doors, a run of bi-fold doors or skylights.
All rooms need a variety of lighting, ambient to create a general illumination that comes from all directions, task lighting for close-up work or accent lighting to highlight special features such as paintings.
Getting the lighting right in any design scheme isn’t just about where the lights are placed or how bright they are. The light fittings and lamps themselves are an element of the overall design. When chosen to fit perfectly with the style of the room, they have the potential to give life to the space.
Product procurement simply means purchasing all corresponding goods on your behalf. This sounds so simple and yet this aspect of your interior design project can be a logistical nightmare unless it’s tightly managed.
I can purchase furnishings for less than clients, but there is a cost of getting those products in good order from the manufacturer to your home.
For example, when furniture arrives, it needs to be inspected, coordinated and facilitated. If the wrong carpet was shipped or something is damaged in shipment, I step in and handle these situations for you.
Finding that one off piece of furniture to finish off a room can be a very time consuming task. Looking at a room and seeing what is needed and where, takes a trained eye, but where does one start in finding that perfect piece. I have developed extensive contacts over many years in the Interior Design business. Finding the perfect piece of furniture is a task I really love, as I spend much of my spare time scouting about for antiques.
Whether you require an elegant Regency Rosewood cabinet or a beautiful Georgian burr walnut dining table to take centre stage in your home, you can be certain that I will not rest until I have found that ideal piece that finishes off your room perfectly.
This plays a big role in the success of any interior design scheme. Whether you are refurbishing, renovating, extending or building from scratch, Dom Design can manage every aspect from supervising the interior building works to overseeing the manufacture and installation of the joinery and furniture by trusted craftsmen with whom I have had a long-standing relationship.
Regular onsite visits are made to oversee works and ensure the highest quality is maintained and an efficient, smooth completion of your project is met.
As my client you will be kept informed with as much or as little as you would like. The end goal is for you to be happy with the final result and to that end I can even help with those all important finishing touches that makes your house feel like a home.
I will always be available to help and will continue to support you with any queries once the project is complete.