De­signer In­sight

Scot­tish de­sign­ers share their ideas

Scottish Field - - DESIGNER INSIGHT -

1. The com­pany be­gan in 2006 and has grown slowly and care­fully since then. They in­cor­po­rate in­te­rior de­sign, both res­i­den­tial and com­mer­cial. The small and close knit team work with pas­sion and pro­fes­sion­al­ism. Com­pany direc­tor, Kate MacKen­zie, knows be­spoke de­sign and fol­low­ing your heart make the best in­te­ri­ors: ‘I tend not to fol­low trends too closely.’ Tel: 01738 551 600, the­o­rig­i­nalchair­com­pany.co.uk

2. In­dus­trial Bath­rooms is huge on trend for 2019. The in­spi­ra­tion is New York 1950s style in­dus­trial ar­eas. This em­anated in the kitchen and now it’s mak­ing its way into the bath­room. Rus­tic pipework in cop­per, aged brass or steel can blend well with wooden or con­crete ob­jects and ac­cent light­ing can cre­ate an au­then­tic scheme. Tel: 01738 440333 / 0131 337 3355, the­bath­room­com­pany.co.uk

3. ‘Putting a good team to­gether at the start is im­por­tant. Depend­ing on the scope, this could be just a sin­gle in­te­rior de­signer or large team in­clud­ing an ar­chi­tect, and var­i­ous other spe­cial­ists, so it’s best to in­volve ev­ery­one at the be­gin­ning. That way you get the best from your pro­fes­sion­als and bud­get’ – Fiona Drennan. Tel: 0131 247 8010, jef­freysin­te­ri­ors.co.uk

4. Storm Win­dows has been mak­ing and in­stalling be­spoke sec­ondary glaz­ing for listed, clas­sic and his­toric prop­er­ties for more than 15 years. Storm’s glaz­ing re­duces noise pol­lu­tion, elim­i­nates cold draughts and re­tains heat. A team of skilled crafts­men al­low you to make your draughty win­dows ther­mally ef­fi­cient with­out con­tra­ven­ing listed build­ing reg­u­la­tions. Tel: 01384 636365, stormwin­dows.co.uk

5. Colour is hot right now. Gone are the days of mag­no­lia walls and white gloss doors. Not all rooms are light and bright and this is not, in any case, al­ways de­sir­able. Con­sid­er­ing the way a room will be used and how it is lit nat­u­rally can in­form your dec­o­ra­tion choices. Bold, sat­u­rated paint and sump­tu­ously tex­tured wall­cov­er­ings can cre­ate an in­ti­mate and cosy space to in which to re­lax, from an oth­er­wise dull room. Tel: 0141 357 4007 chelseam­claine.co.uk

6. Each of our River Ta­bles is hand crafted in our Arnprior work­shop, right next to the show­room, where we se­lect the planks of tim­ber, and cus­tomers choose the colour and fin­ish to cre­ate a be­spoke piece, char­ac­terised by its beau­ti­ful live edge. The col­lec­tion is a per­fect fit for cus­tomers with a de­sire for a stun­ning ta­ble to be the fo­cal point of their room. Our ta­bles are of­ten com­mis­sioned as part of a larger in­te­rior project, with other fur­ni­ture be­ing hand-se­lected. Tel: 01786 870685, steven­burgess­riverta­bles.co.uk

7. Mary Leslie’s rep­u­ta­tion for de­liv­er­ing creative, el­e­gant and prac­ti­cal in­te­ri­ors has made her a sought-af­ter de­signer, both at home and abroad. From her base in Perthshire, Mary and her team pro­vide a highly per­sonal ser­vice in both con­tem­po­rary and tra­di­tional styles. Pro­jects range from coun­try houses, cot­tages and hol­i­day homes to town­houses, flats and turnkeys in Scot­land, the UK and over­seas. Mary Leslie is a reg­is­tered BIID In­te­rior De­signer. Tel: 01821 670776, mh­leslie.co.uk

8. My love of in­te­ri­ors and all things con­nected with de­sign have led me to make gen­uine heart­felt de­ci­sions and pur­chases over the years. On pri­vate com­mi­sions, the client has to fall in love with de­sign – it could be a piece of fur­ni­ture, a fea­ture spe­cial wall­cov­er­ing or an eclec­tic piece of art. This is the start­ing point. Us­ing bold colour pal­ettes, wall mu­rals, stylish fur­ni­ture and light­ing is key to the de­sign. Tel: 0141 237 6478, car­oly­ates­de­sign.co.uk

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