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. firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
We have been searching for our favourite bedroom designs, focusing on the key elements we believe are most important in creating the perfect bedroom hideaway and have sourced these beautiful boudoirs to illustrate these. Over sized headboards, plush textured fabrics and striking feature walls are just a few key areas to consider when designing for that all important ‘hotel finish’. But what we would like to know here at Murray Hurst Interiors is… which of our favourites is your favourite? Which of these beautiful bedrooms would you like to wake up in?
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Padded full wall headboard with luxurious throw and scatters create a heavenly boudoir here.
This beautifully designed four poster positioned central to the room creates a grand master suite.
A simple palette of neutral greys create a calming scheme with character beams defining the space.
For a more traditional feel this beautiful french inspired bedroom adds a feminine touch.
Luxurious fabrics and statement pieces teamed with glamorous finishes create an opulent, sophisticated scheme.
Bold pattern and a fresh burst of colour create a fun, welcoming feel in this contemporary scheme.
A dark feature wall teamed with mirrored finishes displays a dramatic scheme in this spacious bedroom.
A mirrored feature wall and fresh accent colours create a bright, happy room.
Luxurious fabrics teamed with statement over sized pieces create an opulent, impressive scheme.
The drama of this black four poster with additional black finishes creates a bold, statement bedroom.
Our new find this month is ‘CASAMANCE’ a fabric and wallcovering supplier from France that has that certain “je ne sais quoi” (couldn’t resist!)
Providing us with superbly diverse ranges, modernising traditional designs, enough to wow everyone, no matter what your style!
One of our favourite collections here at Murray Hurst Interiors is Horizons – discovered today upon our rummaging. The collection is a modern take on traditional African fabrics, combining a woven effect with some glitzy colours.
Our top spot: Horizons Ikat Beige (above left) – A spot that even had me reconsidering plans for my own home.
A lively and contemporary range that draws on Parisian elegance. This collection provides a combination of florals, dog tooth and geometric designs using neutrals, metallics and vibrant colours throughout.
A sumptuous collection of plush velvets in a range of fun patterns and bold colours. We would not suggest you use these in a large quantity but they are great for creating a statement piece and adding a little punch to your designs.
With such a huge array of wallpapers and fabrics to choose from, from beige to bold, floral to geometric, dogtooth, metallics, sheers, stripes, it really would be difficult to not find something you love!
CASAMANCE definitely gets a big thumbs up from us and we look forward to using their designs in future projects.
You must have noticed by now that the ‘Dilapidated house with peeling paintwork look’ (catchy, I know) is proving to be the most popular back drop for photo shoots from high end fashion through to advertising carpets, some of us are even sporting the look on our nails! But here at Murray Hurst Interiors we think it’s about time we started bringing this look into our homes instead of leaving it in the magazines. So we have collated a range of products that can help you achieve this look for your self, albeit a slightly more structured version.
These bold runners are from Alternative flooring and look great against the exposed stairs, who’d have thought it!
Its easy enough to achieve the industrial style look in a converted warehouse apartment but what about those of us that don’t have brick walls to expose and are having to work with internal plasterboard? Well with some of the new wallpapers on the market we can achieve the look with less of the mess.
Crackle ‘Peeling plaster’ wallpaper from Andrew Martin comes in four different colourways. Seen here with outdoorsy statues and a shabby, possibly hessian, tapestry style sofa. If this look is a little too shabby for you then how about teaming it with painted wooden paneling and some oversized curtains to create a more homely feel.
Be it an artists studio or a studio apartment this paper would look great (yes it is a wallpaper!). This is a really effective way of achieving the industrial look whilst maintaining a sense of warmth. Team up with some stainless steel lamps and some retro filing cabinets and you’re there.
If it’s a fresher feel you’re after then perhaps you would prefer this White Timber effect paper.
This effect would also look great in a seaside inspired scheme combined with some pale linen fabrics, but be sure to bring in plenty of texture too with a big rug.
Sticking with the same style but with a touch more nature as apposed to the industrial look, this wallpaper is a favourite of ours here at Murray Hurst Interiors. Its vertical embossed finish gives an almost 3D effect and it is available in 6 natural colourways giving the impression of tree bark. Here’s hoping we get the right project for it soon!
This fabric-backed vinyl ‘distressed’ from Tektura can be stretched to fit any sized wall and looks amazing in this double height apartment. The exposed wooden beams and floor to ceiling windows compliment the winter forest effect just perfectly, truly bringing the outdoors in.
A worn leather sofa or chair can look really great against exposed brick, wood or stone, either in your home or in a dimly lit industrial chic style bar, try a worn Chesterfield.
Keeping the furniture and artwork all close together and low to the floor keeps the room cosy against the contrast of the high ceilings and windows.
So, isn’t it refreshing for a residential Interior Designer the support the ‘not so perfect’ finish?! This is a style you can really relax with and enjoy, so don’t hold back, it’s time to go ‘photo shoot chic’!
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