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INTERIOR DESIGN LET’S DO IT PROPERLY


Have you noticed how the nights are beginning to draw in? Soon the heating will be going back on, and be- fore you know it we’ll be putting up the Christmas tree – sorry, I know I’ve always said that the “C” word should be banned until at least November.


Anyway, this is traditionally the time of year when we’re back from our hols, we’ve pretty much finished in the garden, and thoughts turn to the interior of our homes. Is it time for a new look in the living room? Could the bedroom be cosier and more romantic? Are we finally going to re-invent the dining room ready for a Christmas feast (there, I’ve said it again)?


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And if the answer to any or all of the above is yes, how do we go about it? A trip to the local DIY shed that now sells everything from wallcoverings to widgets? Rooting through 40,000 copies of every magazine from Elle Decoration to 105 Beautiful Dog Kennels? Endless hours in front of a computer screen trawling various websites for inspiration? All are possibilities of course, but you may well end up totally confused, or with a room exactly like your friend’s, neighbours or the house down the road !


What about using an interior designer? Oh no, you may say, that’s far too expensive! Well, in reality, not only does it not need to cost the earth, but it could be a very expensive mistake not to use one. Some interior designers work on a fee basis, and will charge you for all the time they spend on your project, while other designers will be happy to make their living on purely what they supply to you.


So what does make a good interior designer, and what can you expect of them should you choose to make use of their services?


A good designer will have a natural sense of balance, and will know not only what works with what, but what they can throw into the mix to inject that “Wow” factor, to make a good room into a great room. Of course that comes not only with experience, but with having a comprehensive knowledge of the almost endless sea of product that’s out there. And that’s one major reason that yes, if you’re serious about creating a fabulous home you really need to get yourself a good designer. Time and again, when we’re presenting a scheme to a client in the showroom they’ll say something like “That’s stunning and I love it, but I’d never have chosen it myself”. A good and experienced interior designer will help you achieve (and hopefully surpass) the results you are looking for. They will spend time with you, get on your wavelength, ask the right questions, and most importantly listen to you and value your input. I’ve always said that the role of a good designer is not to impose their


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HOME S & INTERIORS JOHN BIDDE L L - INT ERIORS EXPER T


John Biddell - John Charles Interiors


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