I’m often asked for help and advice with fabric choices. It’s something I love doing; coming up with ideas and thoughts for my clients. As with all things, ideas are there to have fun with. I know that sometimes my plans and colour schemes won’t fit the bill and that other times they will. A bit like a game of tennis popping ideas back and forth till the right one hits the sweet spot.
It’s fun and challenging. We all have very different ideas about décor. Quite often it is the first steps that are crucial for the home of your dreams. The common problem is choosing a fabric that fits your room. When your choice must fit an existing room (scheme)this can be an interesting challenge.
On a blank canvas where your room is being re-decorated it can have the same issues. Some people love the freedom of going for it and playing with colours and fabric and wallpapers. While others are stuck for a theme or an inspiring thought. You can spend a lot of time looking at interior design magazines which may help inspire you. There is such an incredible amount of interesting, mad and crazy ideas out there that I love. Get inspired by something. Sounds simple right!
There are some easy steps to take. It might sound like an odd thing to say but most people I meet are good at telling me what they don’t like. For most of us knowing what we don’t like is easy but for some, defining what they do like, can be much tougher.
So, start with your strength. Chuck out the things you don’t like. You’ll start to get a picture of what you do like. It is amazing how often this happens with clients who are stuck and find the final decision hard to make. I had one client a few years ago, now, who took two years to decide. At some point, she had to be brave, and take a decision, but don't rush be patient, it will come. The client finally made a decision and was really pleased with the result.
What’s your one thing?
I have a beautiful sofa that’s been in my possession for around 12 years. I can see a perfect fit for this in my home - this is my inspiration. Nik has an idea for fabrics, colour and curtains. Our home has the beginnings of a theme - a sofa, a fabric, colour. We have a picture in our minds, and from there our dream room will evolve.
You can read the second part next week.