The Secret to Modern Country Style Interiors

Modern country style home designThe 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

Interior Design Fabrics to Celebrate Spring

Interior Design Fabrics to Celebrate SpringFabrics 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

Wallpaper Designs to Suit Every Space

Statement wallpaperUsing 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

Kitchen Designs That Are Both Beautiful and Practical

Kitchen designThe 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

Create a Scandinavian Look for Christmas 2018

Create a Scandinavian LookThe 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.

Light Up

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

Winter Interior Design Trends

Bedroom designLooking 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

How to Design Your Home for Halloween

Halloween pumpkin decorHalloween is an exciting time of year as we say farewell to the carefree days of summer and start looking forward to cosy winter nights in. At this time of year we enjoy autumn colours in the leaves, crisp weather and freshly harvested fruits and vegetables. As the weather cools down we think of warmer fabrics and colours in our clothes and our homes.

Now you might be thinking what has this got to do with the world of recruitment and in truth, probably not a lot, but as we love Halloween in the office, we thought that we would put some ideas together for a Halloween themed decor that will bring the excitement and fun of Halloween inside your home too.

For a gentle approach to Halloween decor, tie it together with an autumnal theme. This approach allows you to make use of existing features such as wood floors or wicker furniture. By bringing in pine cones or using decorative timber with the essential bright orange pumpkins, you can create a cosy autumn feeling that will be welcome past the 31st of October. Use warm orange and browns in your soft furnishings like cushions and curtains, or throw a quilt over the back of a sofa to add to the effect. Continue reading

Starting a Career in Interior Design

Interior design technical drawingAt Careers in Design, we have years of experience helping candidates find the ideal interior design jobs to suit them. As a result, we’ve come up with the following advice for starting a career in interior design:

Know what you’re getting into

As an interior designer, you’ll be expected to design and refit projects for clients, based on their specifications. You’ll be expected to work to a brief, to show creativity and flair and, depending on your position, be able to manage a project team, including suppliers and contractors.

Qualifications

Many interior design jobs expect a certain level of education with an emphasis on design. There are a range of certificates, diplomas, and degrees you can earn, which will stand you in good stead with the competition.

Certificates are a way to introduce you to this marketplace. These are short courses, lasting anywhere from three months to a year, teaching you the basic key skills required for a job in interior design. Continue reading

CV Tips for Interior Designers

Interior designer cv tipsIf you’re hoping to have your pick of the interior design jobs available at Careers in Design, your first step is to produce an eye-catching CV that will hook any prospective employer.

So make it good.

Your opening gambit

A strong opening paragraph will detail your core skills and demonstrate a multi-faceted approach to interior design. You should show your knowledge of design, in both theory and in practice, as well as demonstrating your ability to communicate effectively with clients, team-mates and management. A quick overview of your career in design will be expected, as well as any experience in beneficial backgrounds, such as project management and administration. Keep your opening profile to fewer than 150 well-chosen words and refrain from using superlatives or too many descriptive words, keep it succinct.

Keep it short

You’re not writing War and Peace here. A good CV should ideally be no longer than two sides of A4, including your career history, education, hobbies and interests. Don’t forget to list any design related software packages you may be familiar with. Continue reading

CIDRL’s New Website

Just to let you know that our new website is up and running. Please take a look at www.careersindesign.com and let us know what you think. There are a wide variety of design vacancies listed and you can upload your latest CV and register for specific job alerts depending upon your individual preference. There are also videos offering interview advice and CV writing advice.

The new site is compatible with tablet and mobile devices to make it more convenient for you. If you encounter any issues or would like to discuss any of the jobs listed in more detail please contact Pippa Baker on 01920 486125. Many thanks and good luck.