We are delighted to have Sophie Paterson on the blog to share her design insights. We asked Sophie to share her one key tip for each room and honestly, this is a must read….
Open plan kitchen, dining and sitting area
The more open plan a space the more cluttered and busy it can look so choose a cohesive colour scheme in restful colours for the whole space. Also don’t go over the top accessorising as you only need a few beautiful but functional items.
Formal sitting room
Put seating on all 4 sides of the room and ensure there is a table within easy reaching distance of every chair- that way people will feel more relaxed as they can put their drink down and seating on all sides makes it more sociable.
Formal dining room
If there’s one area you need a statement chandelier it’s the dining room. I also love to use wallpaper in here for a cosy atmosphere and luxurious, inviting look. Don’t skimp on the tableware or linen either – for the ultimate in table decor have monogrammed napkins with your surname initial.
Cable management is key for this room with forward planning essential – install a power socket in the floor where you intend to have the desk so you don’t have trailing cables. If we are designing a bespoke desk we integrate cable management into the table.
Make a statement – it’s a room you can easily go bold on. Use wallpaper – Fromental is my favourite and as you don’t need much it’s a more affordable room to do. And of course have beautiful guest towels and a scent dispenser.
Hallway / entrance
I tend to incorporate a side board or chest of drawers rather than a console so there is storage for keys/ letters / shoes.
I like a luxurious hotel feel for bedrooms in my clients homes or my own home- it’s so much more restful if there is a space for everything. Have soft lighting on a dimmer and don’t skimp on your mattress or bed linen- it’s the luxury you will most appreciate on a day to do basis having a cocooning and comfortable bed and room to relax in each night.
I like to mix up the wardrobe doors with mirror, wallpaper or fabric panels to soften the space and add luxury.
Increasingly we are designing bathrooms with the space zoned so that the vanity unit or bath takes centre and the toilet and shower are hidden out of view behind them. It’s a lot more functional from a space planning perspective and also looks much more aesthetically pleasing.
Guest bedroom & bathroom
For guest bedrooms I approach them in the same way I would a master bedroom – you want your guests to feel welcome and cater for all their needs. As they will require less storage than a master I try to use this freed up space to create an armchair or desk area where they can rest or work or just have half an hour peace and quiet!
Nursery / children’s room
Low level storage and lots of baskets are the key to a relatively tidy room that the kids can arrange and (hopefully!) tidy up after playing in by them selves! I’m still working on this with Ava but with a bit of encouragement she is starting to tidy up after playing and can help herself to the toys she wants.
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Images: Sophie Paterson Interiors