Nor­folk by De­sign:

Lanas­sir Lawes takes us through one of her favourite re­cent projects

EDP Norfolk - - INSIDE - Lanas­sir Lawes, Swank In­te­ri­ors, Nor­wich

with Lanas­sir Lawes

In­te­rior de­sign projects that I work on are so var­ied, from large com­mer­cial projects to the small­est room in a fam­ily home. Ev­ery time a new project comes along it is looked at it with an open mind with a view as to what is pos­si­ble within bud­get to suit the client’s needs and de­sires.

It isn’t nec­es­sar­ily the big­gest projects with ma­jor al­ter­ations that have the big­gest im­pact; a sim­ple new dec­o­ra­tive scheme can trans­form an av­er­age room to give it the wow fac­tor.

There are very few rooms that are a com­plete blank can­vas, the ex­pec­ta­tion is that there will al­ways be items or fea­tures that have to stay in a room. A scheme will ei­ther be worked around them to make them a fo­cal point or ‘de­signed in’ to make them blend away.

Tak­ing be­fore pic­tures is al­ways a good idea as it re­minds you of just how dif­fer­ent the room looks, es­pe­cially if you com­plete a room in stages. The im­pact can be lost when you get used to each ad­di­tion along the way. That cer­tainly wasn’t the case with this down­stairs cloak­room; it had a com­plete makeover in a cou­ple of weeks.

The start­ing point for the room was se­lect­ing a strik­ing wall­cov­er­ing. Hav­ing worked with the clients al­ready on other rooms in their home, I knew that they would love this bold choice and un­usual colour scheme.

The scarlet back­ground flows from the more sub­tle reds that we used in the ad­join­ing hall­way with the vi­brant ‘Can­ton’ paint by Lit­tle Greene gives the room its own iden­tity. This is one of my favourite paints due its depth of colour, in­spired by Chi­nese rugs, ce­ram­ics and tex­tiles from the Can­ton area. It looks fab­u­lous on front doors too!

The tiling has been re­placed with a com­bi­na­tion of large matt char­coal tiles and con­trast­ing sparkling green iri­des­cent mo­saic squares. Al­though these are all hard sur­faces, by vary­ing the sheen lev­els, colours and pat­terns there is a feel­ing of warmth.

The traver­tine floor has stayed and the off-white painted vaulted ceil­ing has been high­lighted by two large wrought iron and crys­tal chan­de­liers adding a theatri­cal touch to the room. These were prob­a­bly the big­gest ex­trav­a­gance but by reusing the ex­ist­ing toi­let, wash basin and taps some bud­get was saved for these ex­tra spe­cial touches.

See­ing a scheme in­stalled is al­ways so re­ward­ing no mat­ter its size or style but I have to say this is one of my favourites.

NThis col­umn is spon­sored by Swank In­te­ri­ors, Nor­wich stu­[email protected]­in­te­ri­ors.co.uk 01603 617229

ABOVE: Be­fore and af­ter the trans­for­ma­tive makeover

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