The country home has always had a special charm for interior designers. Mixing character and cosiness with a quintessentially British aspect, it has been a real stalwart for designing traditional hotel spaces, period properties, barn conversions and more. The drawback with the traditional country look is expense and practicality. With more and more people drawn into cities, living spaces are becoming smaller and the country home look has become less popular in favour of more minimalistic styles. Luckily there is a way to get the best of both worlds, adapting the country home to fit modern living and tastes, in a modern country interior.
What is the Modern Country Look?
The modern country look has its roots in the traditional country home aesthetic and therefore contains all the stalwarts, but it has been updated to accommodate modern homes which may be smaller and focuses on maintaining character whilst avoiding stuffiness. The modern look is more playful than the traditional, allowing more colours and patterns to peak out, and presents a great opportunity to mix old and new. Continue reading
Fabrics are so important to interior design but often they are the unsung hero that fall into the background. The way that an interior designer uses fabric in a project is a real balancing act of many different factors. Too many bold designs can make the space seem stuffy or crowded, while too many intricate patterns can be visually confusing. On the other side of the scale, plain options can lead to a space seeming washed out and cold.
With Spring just around the corner (well nearly!). we look at some of the best ways that fabric can be used in interior design.
In spaces that see a lot of traffic like show homes, hotels and restaurants, designers often seek to offset the busyness of the area by adopting a simple, modern style, but that can miss the opportunity to introduce character and emotion that can be afforded by designer fabrics.
There are many types of features in a room and with a little bit of imagination they can all use fabric in different ways, some of which you might not have originally thought of. From wall art, lampshades and accessories to curtains, canopies and coverings for furniture and walls. Depending on whether it is to be an important focal point of a room, an accent or in the background, the designs chosen will need to differ to be a good fit to your design. Continue reading
Using statement wallpaper is one way to change the look of a space, be it in your home, a coffee shop or a hotel, and there are plenty of amazing designs to choose from. Whether you want something simple and muted, bold and bright or classy and elegant, there’s something for everyone.
The first recorded use of wallpaper was in China in 200 B.C. when the Chinese first glued rice paper to walls. When the craze moved to Europe only the wealthy could afford to commission artisans to create their designs via hand painting or the use of stencils. Luckily with the advent of the printing press they became more widely available and now modern printing technology allows us a huge array of choices in pattern, texture and materials.
One of the key ways to getting the most out of wallpaper is finding a balance. This is often done by using paper on only one wall and painting the other three to create a feature wall. This can allow you to go for an exciting design, without it being overpowering, and is especially useful in smaller rooms.
We have put together a list of the latest modern wallpaper design types and guidance on how they can be used to brighten up any space. Continue reading
The beginning of the year is a popular time to look at home renovations for the year ahead with kitchens and bathrooms as prime targets. Today we turn our focus to the world of kitchen design, an exciting area which demands high levels of aesthetics and design coupled with practicality.
Kitchen Designer Overview
A kitchen designer typically specialises in all elements of the kitchen area. This could be in residential properties, restaurants, schools and offices. You will be working with clients in discussing products, materials, colours, styles and lighting whilst advising them on layouts and space planning, suitable fitted and freestanding furniture and often presenting 3D visuals using CAD software.
Modern Kitchen Design
When it comes to modern kitchen design, the clean, uncluttered Scandinavian style is what first springs to mind in our current trends. This stylish more minimal theme works beautifully in rooms throughout the home, including the kitchen. Continue reading
The Nordic influence has infiltrated many aspects of our life. Its inspiration can be seen in our clothing, television, food and lifestyles but the impact it has had on the interior design world has been huge. As we approach the holidays you may be considering putting a new spin on your traditional Christmas decor by incorporating this year’s Scandinavian Christmas trend.
Some of us in the office here at Careers in Design have been thinking about using this theme to decorate our own homes this year. We then thought we’d like to share these ideas on how to capture a little Scandinavian magic in your home over the festive period.
Lighting is one of the biggest features to use to incorporate the Nordic look. Simple, soft lighting will create a gentle ambience. Hanging lights in the pendant style can be used with or without lampshades, or use lamps to create a soft, cosy atmosphere. Continue reading
Looking at the Autumn/Winter 2018 design trends we see both new ones emerging and many existing styles still popular. The team at Careers in Design is always interested to see what are the key trends and would encourage all designers to talk about current and future trends and your own thoughts during an interview if the subject comes up. This then gave us the idea to gather information on some of the most exciting trends and see how you could incorporate them into design projects this season.
Enchanting Dark Shades
Colours for the Autumn/Winter portfolio are normally darker than the first half of the year, but for 2018 they take on a magical feel with deep plum, crimson and navy creating a luxurious and cosy atmosphere. To take this colour trend to another level, use rich fabrics like velvet and silk which will have a lustrous appearance and reflect light so that the details of furniture and upholstery will not be lost in the darker colours. Finish the luxurious look with gold details like edging or accessories. Continue reading
In the digital age, your first impression is made long before you enter the interview room.
The first seven seconds of a meeting used to be seen as the crucial window to make an impression. While seven seconds might seem an impossibly tiny window (and some research suggests even this is too long), you can make an impression long before the interview, and use this to clinch the job you want.
How? By getting your social media profile perfect.
Clean Up Your Social Media CV
92% of companies use social media for recruiting, and those numbers are only climbing. Looking up a candidate online is now a common step in the recruitment process, and recruiters can use any information they find about you online as grounds to cast your application aside.
Dodge the cull by avoiding unprofessional images, aggressive or offensive language and emotional outbursts. Imagine you’re an employer and remove anything that would be off-putting. If in doubt, consider if your content could be taken out of context and always err on the side of caution.
With such high stakes, it may be tempting to wipe clean your social media and avoid posting at all. This certainly avoids any unpleasant content being unearthed, but having no social media footprint can seem suspicious as well as preventing you from accessing the wealth of advantages that social media can lend to your job search. Continue reading
Furniture design mixes aesthetic with utility and where the designer gets it right, the finished product is transformed from a regular item of furniture into a piece of art. Here at Careers in Design, we have collated the design careers of five icons whose legacies live on in the furniture we use every day. We hope they will inspire you to keep searching for that perfect furniture design job.
Charles and Ray Eames
Charles and Ray Eames were a married couple that are considered to be some of the most important American designers from the 20th century. They began their furniture design work by experimenting with moulded plywood and later pioneered technologies to use new materials such as fibreglass, plastic resin and wire mesh. Critics lauded the chairs they designed at the time, and their furniture continues to be manufactured to this day by the Herman Miller group.
Charles Edouard Jeanneret, later known as Le Corbusier, was a giant in the design world and his work has been hugely influential. Like many iconic furniture designers, he had his roots in architecture and art but sought to move from cubism into purism, and this inclination is evident across his portfolio. In the furniture world, he is most famous for his LC4 Chaise Longue which he dubbed a ‘relaxing machine’. This classic design mixing curves and straight lines in perfect balance remains in production. Continue reading