Laura’s designs for life...
If you think interior design is just about choosing fabrics and collecting colour charts, think again. Laura Saunders, Interior Designer at IPM Interiors of Radbourne, explains what is really involved and how her colourful role changes every day
Seeing a client’s reaction when a space comes to life is what makes Laura Saunders’ job worthwhile. Knowing that she has understood the brief and turned their dreams into a reality, more than makes up for the countless hours spent researching new techniques and the latest trends.
Laura has been showcasing her talents at IPM Interiors, in Radbourne, for just over 12 months and during that time she has transformed the interiors of everything from modern new builds through to a 100-year-old farmhouse.
In some properties she has been responsible for the introduction of the latest in-home automation - new state-of-the-art technology where a single system controls everything from remote light activation to the opening and closing of curtains and blinds.
In others, Laura has taken a more traditional route, designing mood boards to help her clients pick out colour schemes, fabrics, furniture and a host of finishing touches to make a client’s house their home.
Laura said: “I work from the inside out, planning every single element of the interior of a room. It’s everything from designing the physical lay-out to picking the exact shade of paint for the walls and choosing finishing touches such as light fittings.
“You need to have a good business-head on creative shoulders in order to develop a design that meets a client’s brief and is within their budget.
“A typical day is usually busy and colourful. I have fabulous resources to create my interior design mood boards, with beautiful wallpapers and fabrics to choose from. I’m also always on the look-out for new techniques so I can give my clients something unique, but also in their style.
“I have to predict trends in home design two to three years ahead of the market, so I’m always thinking about whether the next look is going to be luxurious and plush or minimalist and sleek.
“When I walk around a beautiful, finished room with a client