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

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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

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