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Top Tips for Achieving a Show Home Look

Posted on 01 Jul, 2020

Every one of us has wandered into an immaculately-decorated show home at one time or another and wondered why we can’t achieve that same effect ourselves. From the pristine decoration, to perfectly-matched furniture and eye-catching accessories – it all seems so divorced from reality.

In truth, there’s no reason you can't recreate the effortless elegance of a show home in your own house. At Careers in Design, we deal with hundreds of professional interior designers who know just how to give any property the show home look.

Here are a handful of tips on how to go about it.

Add a little upholstery

Whilst we mostly save upholstery for sitting on, incorporating it into the bedroom or any other room creates a... Continue reading >

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How COVID-19 has Affected Retail Interior Design

Posted on 27 May, 2020

As we start to look forward to the gentle easing of the current restrictions, an important consideration will be the layout of shops and other retail outlets. With social distancing still very much a matter of government policy, members of the design industry must ask themselves: how has COVID-19 affected retail interior design?

Social distancing

We’ve mentioned this already, but as the cornerstone of the government’s plan to mitigate the infection rate of coronavirus, it bears repeating. People are expected to maintain a 2-metre distance from anybody who is not a member of their household. What this means in terms of interior design is significant. Aisles will need to be made wider in some stores, to allow for adequate space between customers. This will ha... Continue reading >

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Interior Design Tips to Bring the Outside in

Posted on 14 May, 2020

With the country on lockdown for the foreseeable future, it has never been more important to find new ways to interact with the outside world.

For interior designers, one of the most effective ways is to bring the outside in. Here are some of the ways to achieve that goal.
Natural prints and colours
Whether you’re dealing with the walls or the floor, there are plenty of coverings that make use of natural colours and prints. From wallpaper embossed with leafy decals to carpets with that authentic woodland hue, there are so many ways to give a room’s surroundings the feel of nature, without even touching on its contents. Using natural materials is one of the top 5 trends for 2020, the o... Continue reading >

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Excellent Interior Design Blogs to Follow

Posted on 09 Mar, 2020

If you’re serious about a career in design, it’s important that you keep on top of the latest trends and fashions, not just in your sector, but across the entire design industry.

To set you on the right path, we’ve put together the following list of six of the finest interior design blogs, that are well worth your time to read.

Mad About the House
This is the official online home of interiors writer and journalist, Kate Watson-Smyth. Her entries are often practical in nature, comparing popular design elements, examining recent trends, and so on. The blog also links to her strong soc... Continue reading >

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How to get your work done when working from home

Posted on 24 Feb, 2020

Working from home can be hugely satisfying, but you really need the right mindset if you hope to make it a regular thing.

Here are some top tips on how to get your work done when working from home. Create a workspace This should be obvious, but you need somewhere to work. It doesn’t have to be fancy – a desk in the corner of your bedroom will suffice, although it's healthier to separate work from bedtime if possible. Just make sure that it’s yours and that you only use it for your work. This means you’ll be in the right frame of mind when you sit at your workspace. Get up and get moving While rolling out of bed and stumbling to your workspace sounds blissfu... Continue reading >

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Current Trends in Homewares and Decor

Posted on 06 Feb, 2020

With all interior, product and furniture designer roles, it’s important to keep on top of current trends. While you want to imbue any project with your own unique style, be aware that your client may be looking for something more current or trend setting. 

Here are some of the upcoming home interior decor trends for 2020 that you should be aware of. Abstract expressionism Bold patterns and striking colours are the order of the day in modern interior design. Playful colour schemes combine with stark geometrics and intricate hand-drawn sketches to create mood and evoke emotion in the observer. Structure and simplicity This interior design... Continue reading >

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Different CAD Software Used in Design

Posted on 08 Jan, 2020

Anybody looking for a career in interior, furniture or product design will be aware of the importance of computer-aided design to the industry. Whilst the fundamentals remain mostly the same, there are dozens of distinct CAD software packages on the market, with some better suited to certain design tasks than others.

Let’s take a look at some of the more popular programs.

AutoCAD

One of the most commonly used packages is AutoCAD which is used in furniture design and manufacture (although not as much as previously), interior design and architecture, building design and construction, and many other parts of the design industry.

VectorWorks

VectorWorks offers a great range of tools for interior and retail designers and also for exhibit... Continue reading >

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Christmas Design Themes 2019

Posted on 05 Dec, 2019

Interior design and styling is an art that comes to life in the festive season, and this year is no exception. Everyone wants their Christmas to be an incredible moment of beauty and joy and there are some wonderful seasonal trends to consider that are particularly beautiful in 2019, which we are excited to share and explore with you.

Soft, earthy, natural themes are very prominent in the trade this year, a theme revolving around cones and leaves, twine and mushrooms. Coming from a desire to not only be closer to nature but to also have a festive celebration that isn’t wasteful has brought around some beautiful pieces for your home. A tree adorned with pine cones and wood... Continue reading >

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Open-plan living

Posted on 07 Nov, 2019

Here at Careers in Design, we don't just prepare CVs for our clients and match them with one of the extensive number of design jobs in our portfolio. We also take a keen interest in trends and developments within the industry.

Trends like open-plan living, for instance.

Anybody interested in the field of interior design should familiarise themselves with this concept, especially since it often comes up in discussion at interviews for interior design jobs.

Aesthetically, open-plan living is a simple way to layout a room or building but, for the designer, it offers several challenges, requiring the appropriate practical considerations to overcome. Here are some key design tips…

Invisible ... Continue reading >

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Transferable Skills for an Interior Designer

Posted on 25 Oct, 2019

At Careers in Design our portfolio of interior design jobs is constantly changing as new vacancies with differing requirements pop up from our extensive list of clients. Outside of having the relevant degree and experience plus appropriate CAD software skills, what else is that prospective employer is looking for?

Let’s take a look at some transferable soft skills that you might already have from your current job.

Communication

Most interior design jobs involve being part of a team. It’s important, as a designer to be able to communicate effectively to different audiences and through different media. Remember, you’re responsible for promoting your design work to both colleagues and clients.

Vision

When you look at an em... Continue reading >

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How to Truly Optimise a Small House

Posted on 16 Sep, 2019

It can be a challenge to decorate a small space and can seem like quite a difficult interior design job - but it doesn’t have to be! 

No matter the size of the home you are designing and decorating for, you need to bring in as much personality as possible - without the rooms feeling cramped and overcrowded with furniture and accessories. 

Here at Careers in Design, we have put together a ‘go-to’ guide on how to decorate a small house.  

Stay clear of the floor space

Making sure that the floors are clean in small houses is essential. One medium-sized product can actually take a large amount of space in a small house and if you can’t walk through the room with ease, then it is time to rethink your layout.  Continue reading >

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Themed Bathrooms

Posted on 27 Aug, 2019

Themed bathrooms have been seen in the interior design world for decades. Given the connection with water, nautical and seaside themes are most commonly created, with the influence of these themes apparent in the profusion of blue and aqua coloured bathrooms.

The rise of luxurious, hotel-style bathrooms dominated with stone, natural materials and neutral colours have pushed themed bathrooms out of style, but in recent years they have seen a reprise. 

In 2019, a bathroom based on a theme is seen as a way to inject personality and even a touch of fantasy into a room that can often be plain and is usually focused on practicality. Your chosen theme could be as simple as incorporating your favourite colour, or it could be based on an iconic location like London, Paris or... Continue reading >

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Creating the Perfect Home Office

Posted on 06 Aug, 2019

Whether you work from home, want a dedicated space for extra projects or just a quiet area for the kids to do homework, most of us dream of setting up a home office.

A dedicated home office can transform your work process completely but you do need to put some thought into it. Step away from the rickety computer chair and rusty filing cabinet, you need to make sure you create a space that will not only encourage you to work with a clear mind, but that you will actually enjoy spending time in. That way you are more likely to be more productive, to take care of the space, and to ultimately get the best out of the room.

Less is More

Clutter will make you feel stressed, and if keeping your office tidy becomes too much work, you’ll soon find yourself trying to... Continue reading >

Posted in: Interior Design | Tagged: interior design home office

Incorporating Nature Into Your Interiors

Posted on 22 Jul, 2019

It’s officially summer and it’s time to embrace nature. As the good weather encourages you to spend more of your day outdoors, you’ll be drinking up the sunshine, enjoying the flowers in bloom and making the most of outdoor spaces. But have you considered the ways that nature can be incorporated into interior design? 

At Careers in Design we love everything to do with design, and have been matching designers with opportunities for two decades. We’ve put together some tips on ways to enjoy the beauty of summer even when the nights start to draw in.

Go Floral

Flower prints and images are on trend, so a simple way to bring nature into your home is by looking at these types of prints in your wallpaper and upholstery. In light and bright... Continue reading >

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Pantone Colour of the Year 2019: Living Coral

Posted on 01 Jul, 2019

As designers, we see colour differently. 

While we interact with the world and go about our day, we’re processing and gaining inspiration that we can bring to life in our designs. At Careers in Design we have been looking into how designers stay aware of colour trends and how  they experiment with new colours in their work.

The Pantone colour of 2019 is Living Coral. This is a bright and beautiful shade that is abundant in nature from sand dunes, autumn leaves and flowers to sunsets and of course coral itself. Similar to last year’s Ultra Violet, Living Coral is bursting with character and emotion. It throws back further to 2017’s natural shade of Greenery and draws on a bigger design trend which is taking inspiration from the natural world ar... Continue reading >

Posted in: Interior Design | Tagged: interior design pantone colour of the year 2019 living coral

Different Routes into Interior Design

Posted on 19 Jun, 2019

The field of interior design blends creativity and business. Designers aim to create spaces that are both beautiful and functional and can work with clients from all sorts of industries. As a creative vocation, interior designers may come to their position through different avenues, picking up skills and experience over a period of years.

There is no one definitive way to approach getting a job within the interior design field, so here we talk about some common routes that a candidate interested in the industry can look at. It also highlights important things to be aware of, no matter what stage of your career you are at.

There are two main components to any route:

Formal qualifications
Work experience

Any candidate se... Continue reading >

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Designer Tableware for the Ultimate Dinner Party

Posted on 07 May, 2019

Dinner parties are back in style this year, but don't rush off for the antique napkin rings or start polishing the family silver just yet. These modern soirees are different to the stilted, stuffy affairs of the past.

The quintessential 2019 dinner party is an opportunity to bring friends and family together for food and conversation. Once you've compiled the guests list and finalised the menu, the next thing to do is consider the decor. 

Furniture

The table is always going to be the main focus of a dinner party. Glass and wood-topped tables are best as the natural material creates a lovely backdrop. If you have a feature table like this, don't cover it up with a table cloth. There is another option!

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The Secret to Modern Country Style Interiors

Posted on 04 Mar, 2019

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 contain... Continue reading >

Posted in: Interior Design | Tagged: country style interiors interior design

Interior Design Fabrics to Celebrate Spring

Posted on 20 Feb, 2019

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 introd... Continue reading >

Posted in: Interior Design | Tagged: fabric fabric design floral interior design

Wallpaper Designs to Suit Every Space

Posted on 11 Jan, 2019

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 ... Continue reading >

Posted in: Interior Design | Tagged: interior design interior design trends statement wallpaper wallpaper

Create a Scandinavian Look for Christmas 2018

Posted on 14 Dec, 2018

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.

Light Up

Lighting is one of the biggest features to use to incorporate the Nordic look. Simple, soft lighting will create a gentl... Continue reading >

Posted in: Interior Design | Tagged: hygge interior design scandinavian christmas

Winter Interior Design Trends

Posted on 30 Nov, 2018

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... Continue reading >

Posted in: Interior Design | Tagged: interior design interior design trends winter 2018/19

How to Design Your Home for Halloween

Posted on 24 Oct, 2018

Halloween 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... Continue reading >

Posted in: Interior Design | Tagged: decor halloween interior design

Starting a Career in Interior Design

Posted on 24 Sep, 2018

At 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,... Continue reading >

Posted in: Interior Design | Tagged: interior design

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