It was with great interest the other day that I read my daughter’s Design and Technology assessment report. They had to research and analyse a designer.
It was a no brainer that she would use me, especially after three other students in the class had interviewed me, an excellent use of resources on her part.
Part of the report had them discussing the designer’s philosophy on design and the key aspects of their work.
I was amazed that she had noticed I had two focal points in a room and used art and lighting as a major component of my designs, things I do instinctively not necessarily consciously. Every design needs to have a primary and secondary focal point with every other element complementing them.
She also noticed that I did not have a distinctive style, truly her own observation. This fits in with my philosophy that every project must reflect the personality of the users of the space and their life experiences creating a unique style for each client.
Over the years I have had clients request modern, traditional, and more recently the Hampton Style.
My most interesting from a professional viewpoint was having to design a Hindu prayer room. I loved the research that I had to do into the requirements and traditions associated with this religion though I must admit I was not happy when the client’s priest deem the location I determined as being best from an aesthetic point of view did not match mine.
I had to place it near food and water.
So how do you decide on which style of design you like if you use a designer like me without a signature style?
Collect pictures out of magazines, brochures, off the net of rooms and homes you like.
Do not think about it; just collect them into a folder over a period of 4 weeks.
At the end of the exercise you will be amazed at the consistency in style, colour and decoration, instantly recognising your preferred style and be ready to employ an interior designer.