Interior Design

Interior design is a subject that one can talk endlessly about. There are thousands of text books, magazines and web sites that between them, contain an almost infinite amount of knowledge and ideas.
Having worked as a decorator for 27 years, there isn't enough room on this website to talk about all of the wonderful projects I have been involved with. I have travelled the length and breadth of Britain - Decorating themed nightclubs and restaurants on the south coast, all the way to small shop fits on remote Scottish Isles. The one thing all those projects had in common was the professionalism of the Designers -  who lets face it, were lucky enough to have large budgets at their disposal, the luxury of wide open spaces to work with and the backing of experts from all fields of the construction industry.  Your average home owner who wants to give their home a facelift usually has non of these advantages.  Grand designs may look fabulous as they sprawl around the walls of Super Casinos in Las Vegas, but would be completely overpowering in your average three bed semi. To me, there are three considerations to ponder before we jump headlong into a design project.

1, The budget constraints (obviously)
2, The 'canvass' you have to work with - what sort of condition is the room/property in.
3, What is it that you are trying to acheive.
Talkand walk through a project?
1 Budget
In an ideal world, if we were to redesign our lounge at home, we would love to be able to fit new flooring, carpets, blinds. buy new sofas, install new fireplaces, fit new lighting etc.
If you want to do themed design ie victorian, georgian etc, do your study.
2 condition of the canvass
If you live in a modern, recently built home, the walls, ceilings and woodwork should be in reasonably good condition. There may be some minor repairs needed such as hairline cracks appearing in the ceiling and wall, or cracks along the tops of skirting boards and around door frames.these are normal 'settlement ' problems and are nothing to worry about.
Older houses may have been subjected to dozens of DIY projects down the years and the passing of time could really be showing. Walls that have been repeatedly patched and repaired down the years will probably be rough and uneven. Ceilings may well have old papers stuck to them that are 'hiding lots of sins' as we say in the trade.
The top edges of skirting boards may be rough and uneven. It is important to take all this into account before choosing a design for you lounge.

Half the problem people face when choosing to re decorate/re develop their homes is a lack of knowledge surrounding what the market place has to offer. . Of course what is dreamy to some people is awful to another and we simply have to accept that. But even in some of designs i have not liked the results of, i can see why others like them. Generally there are some design issues which are consistently overlooked. quality of the canvass you have to work with. If your skirting boards dont have nice crisp edges, it will be very difficult to acheive that sharp and straight contrasting edge where the white wood meets the dark red wall. The same applies to your coving.