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The role of an Interior Designer

Ever wondered how the role of an Interior Designer is defined?…

From taking the client’s brief and developing designs to overseeing a project right through to the installation of furniture, artworks and accessories, the role of the interior designer is multifaceted.  Let’s look at the role in more detail…

A professional Interior Designer is qualified by education, experience, and examination to enhance the function and quality of interior spaces.  For the purpose of improving the quality of life, increasing productivity, and protecting the health, safety, and welfare of the public, the professional Interior Designer combines efficiency, flexibility, creativity and good business skills with an ability to complete projects on time and in budget and will generally perform the following:

– integrate findings with knowledge of interior design
– formulate preliminary design concepts that are appropriate, functional and aesthetic
– develop and present final design recommendations through appropriate presentation media
– prepare working drawings and specifications for non-load-bearing interior construction, materials, finishes, space planning, furnishings, fixtures and equipment
– collaborate with professional  services of other licensed practitioners in technical areas of mechanical, electrical, and load-bearing design as required for regulatory approval
– prepare and administer bids and contract documents as the client’s agent
– review and evaluate design solutions during implementation and upon completion.

If you are considering engaging the services of an Interior Designer for your project, what is certain is they will save you time, stress and costly mistakes.  For help with your project contact Murray Hurst Interiors: 0113 243 6767  Email.



AW13 Cushion Collection

Cushion Collection – Autumn/Winter 2013 – Available from Murray Hurst Interiors

Beautiful country style cute and quirky feature cushions, drawn and painted by artists specialising in watercolour and manufactured in the UK, using fabric of natural fibres such as cotton, linen and wool.

Dare we mention they would make great Christmas presents?!

All available from Murray Hurst Interiors. Please email for more details and how to order.


Gregor Linen


Galloping Horses




Mr Wooley


Deer Couple




Mr Carp


Pheasant Patch Pillow


Ring Neck Pheasant 1


Seascape Velvet


Heather Glen


Nutcracker Linen

 All available from Murray Hurst Interiors. Please email for more details and how to order.

Trim it up…

Never underestimate the effectiveness of interior trimmings in pulling together a scheme, adding the all important finishing touches.  Trimmings in the form of borders, braids, rope and cord can be added to scatter cushions, curtains, blinds and furniture to highlight accent colours, introduce new texture and add interest to plain fabrics and finishes.  See this selection of just a handful of trimmings and tiebacks available to purchase from Murray Hurst Interiors.

A contemporary collection, emphazing pure design elements such as metal and modern colours for Alium tieback, dyed wood for Amazone tieback, carved wood for Eolia, and silver plate incorporating natural look pastel wiremesh strands for Lucia. Three leather tiebacks and three others combining wood and metal create effects to achieve a contemporary look and feel, associated with braids, fringes and piping cord.
A selection of contemporary designs available in four natural linen colours: white, natural, brown and black. Cord and braided tieback blend originality and natural look. Other tassel tiebacks focus on material purity and woven leather effects. Waxed cotton details bring to this collection a distinctly modern feel.
A trimmings collection at once feminine and sophisticated, designed as an inventive line of fashion accessories. Each model is composed of a set of satiny beads and rings, put together like necklaces, pendants or wide belts, making original and spectacular tiebacks. It exists in 15 trendy colours: from orange to ochre, from anise to chocolate, from violet to black, from pink to burgundy… the tones creating a bicoloured harmony with a truly striking effect.
This collection of contemporary and stylised trimmings collection adorned with transparent, black and amber glass beads. The “Art Deco” style used in tie-backs and trimmings, gives to this collection a true identity and sense of style, with a subtle two-tone slant, presented in a range of 12 soft colours.
This is a new complete collection of matt trimmings in Trevira CS, sober and contemporary, available in a range of 12 colours.
Les ombrés, one of the two ranges of the trimmings collection OUTDOOR-INDOOR, are made of viscose yarns that can be washed with soft soap at temperatures up to 60°C.
In addition, the braids of this range also benefit a repellent treatment, that offers a better resistance to dirt and water.


Design Tip – Playful Prints

Don’t be fooled in thinking painting a small room a light colour is the answer to making it feel bigger. Opt for colour and print to distract from its dimensions and create a theme. In particular a Cloakroom/ WC  is an ideal room to be creative and playful. So push yourself out of your comfort zone and have some fun with colour and print.  See our selection of favourite designs…


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Colour Watch – Teal

This week’s Colour Watch – Teal… At Murray Hurst Interiors, we like to add a touch of colour to a space to set a mood – we like to call it the ‘Jam’ in a scheme. The mellow tone of teal works beautifully with its complimentary colour, coral, or with a simple neutral setting. Interestingly, as well as bringing  a retro feel of the 60’s, like our previous colour watch, Aubergine, it too has a rich and regal feel. Teal is versatile in any room in the home, we find it works particularly well in the living room and bedroom.

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Colour Watch – Aubergine

This weeks colour watch… Aubergine.

One of our favourite colours to work with currently at Murray Hurst interiors is the complex and brooding colour – Aubergine.You may think it seems like a deep, rich choice, but when mixed with complementary colours such as yellow tones, particularly the warm tones of ochre and also sharp lime green, it can create a beautifully striking scheme. Aubergine, like its lighter cousin purple, can introduce a regal element to a room and when teamed with metal finishes such as copper, chrome and gold it oozes sophistication and luxury. This colour has signified wealth, power and opulence since at least the time of the Roman Republic, so lets keep the power of aubergine evolving in our designs and indulge ourselves in aubergines rich tones!


Colour Watch – Coral

Over the next few weeks keep an eye out for our colour watch posts… From inspiring natural imagery to stylish interior spaces.

Imagery such as these are known as ‘concept images’ which convey and idea, mood and atmosphere which is the creative part of the design process. These images are then used to develop possible decorative and practical schemes. Even as an interior designer, it is important to feed your imagination with visual stimulation and reference solutions from concept images to develop ideas.

See our selection of concept image examples and how these can be used to develop finished interior schemes.



Going Geometric

I have been a fan of geometric patterns in interior design for a long time now, usually just a sprinkling with scatter cushions though or the odd upholstered chair but I think it’s time to look at spreading geometrics to larger aspects of a scheme as recently I seem to have come across some really fantastic geometric designs that really need to be seen!

Of course it’s nothing new… geometric design dates back to Ancient Greece, the mysterious mathematics of geometry made it one of the most studied  sciences but what we’re interested in at Murray Hurst Interiors is the aesthetic and the effects that can be created in an interior scheme.

Whether it’s wallpaper, fabric, tiles or flooring, when using a bold geometric pattern it is important to play with scale and proportion in the scheme and consider the right pieces to compliment the pattern.  For example, strong angular furniture in a block tonal colour can help to ground the look.

When using geometric wallpapers try reflecting the pattern in the use of accessories, for example, mirrors, lamp bases or furniture pieces.   So here are some examples of how you might like to consider bringing a geometric statement into your home…








Hunters Comes Home!

After weeks of preparations, Hunters Estate Agents has moved into its new Ilkley home at 4-5 Crescent Court.  To celebrate the opening, a VIP industry launch party took place on Thursday evening which gave selected guests an opportunity to take a tour of the office and view the cutting of the ribbon to mark the official opening.

Covering Ilkley, Otley, Guiseley and Menston, the new branch is a welcome newcomer to Ilkley and the up and coming lifestyle hub Crescent Court!

Owner of the new branch, my husband – Lester Hurst – said of the launch:

“We’re absolutely delighted to have opened our doors! Thanks to the hard work of my talented wife and the team at Murray Hurst Interiors and the wonderful George Smith, the interior looks fabulous and we can’t wait to start welcoming visitors. Lookout Ilkley, Hunters has arrived!”

So let’s take a closer look at the interior which I designed for this flagship office, starting with the pieces I selected for the reception area, a key feature in the design, handcrafted furniture by the international luxury brand George Smith, a proud Northern business.

The Sofa is called the ‘Somerville’ and comes buttoned or unbuttoned, can be done in any width, and be upholstered in any fabric, leather or suede.  It is quite a formal/classic Sofa with the fixed seat/back, and has a comfortable seating height, and depth which gives it a really luxurious finish. Legs can be tapered or turned, and finished in a selection of stains. The fabric on this particular one is a George Smith Velvet Mohair in Black of which there are 20 alternative colours in the range. It has an extremely high thread count which makes it ideal for deep buttoned furniture.

The Two chairs are part of George Smith’s ‘Signature range’. Of these they can offer different depths to suit all height, various arm options, fixed or loose cushion back dependent on the use. (Fixed slightly more formal, loose cushion back for everyday comfort). Again they can offer a choice on leg styles, colours and castors and in any fabric/leather etc can be specified. The ones used for this project are again covered in a George Smith Tweed Linen(cranberry), this particular fabric is one of their best sellers as the slight two tone, works well in most rooms. There are a choice of five colours.

The little Baby Soho Drums can come buttoned or unbuttoned, and are a popular choice for various rooms. They have been used in bars/lounges/bedrooms etc such is their versatility. The name came about as they have been specified throughout the Soho House hotel group. These particular ones are finished in a Neisha Crossland fabric (Zig Zag Watermelon/Silver Birch).

Any of the pieces can be adapted to clients specific requests, as George Smith have their own wood mill attached to their factory in the North East.

Some background on the company:

George Smith was most well known for cabinet making and upholstery during the first quarter of the 19 th Century and was spoken of in the same breath as contemporaries Henry Holland and Thomas Hope.

He made furniture in a wide, eclectic range of tastes, based generally on the late neo-classical style, but also including neo-gothic style work and chinoiserie. He produced several pattern books the first being “A Collection of Designs for Household Furniture and Interior Decoration.”

Every item of George Smith furniture is made using only the finest natural raw materials, with many of the styles still being based on original designs. Built by hand in our workshops, our skilled craftsmen are continuing the traditions of classic craftsmanship developed in generations gone by.

Prime, seasoned beech or birchwood is used for the custom made frames, each hand-jointed and built to exact specifications.

Heavy steel coiled springs are tied by hand into wide bands of interwoven jute webbing to provide balanced weight distribution for maximum comfort.

Boar bristle is used as the primary stuffing, enveloping and cushioning the coil springs. A cotton feather mixture is layered over the whole of each frame to provide thick padding and comfort. Finally a muslin pad is hand-sewn in place to provide a smooth and seamless base of upholstery, creating the look and feel that only traditionally made upholstery can.

Channelled seat cushions are hand stuffed with a mixture of duck down and duck feathers to attain the right degree of softness and durability.

The cutting and positioning of the final cover, be it fabric, leather or kilim, takes great skill and meticulous attention to detail. The cover is hand cut to the correct pattern and hand sewn into place on the frame.

The completed George Smith furniture will provide its owner with an unparalleled degree of comfort and beauty attainable only through the finest craftsmanship available.

It is so great to be working with a proud northern company of such exquisite quality and workmanship.  Thank you to Jonathan and Venassa for all their help along the way and I look forward to bringing future clients to your wonderful Harrogate showroom to show them examples of the stunning designs available.