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Hallway Interior Design Advice and Tips

Hallway Interior DesignHallways are typically the first space you enter in a property, but are so often neglected.  A hallway needs to reflect the overall feeling you wish to get when entering a property, but they are often poorly designed and poorly lit spaces.  Your feelings and mood will be affected either positively or negatively when entering a property depending on how well the hallway design has been executed.

Lighting is a common problem in hallways, often suffering from a lack of natural light and large, non-reflective surfaces.  Mirrors can make a huge difference.  A large, well proportioned mirror positioned to reflect any available light is an easy addition and can both reflect more light and add to the illusion of more space.

If there are windows in the hallway, ensure they aren’t covered by materials that block out any of the available light.  If the windows don’t have patterned, privacy glass in them then consider using a frosting spray or very light voile material to ensure privacy is maintained without affecting the light entering the hallway.

The hallway design should not be considered in isolation. There will be a number of different rooms leading off from the hallway.  It may well be possible to see into a number of these rooms when in the hallway and conversely see into the hallway from each of those rooms.  Having conflicting design in these areas will therefore not be pleasing on the eye and will detract from the overall design and feeling of the property.

One of the biggest temptations in day-to-day living is to clutter up the hallway.  Leaving various items and clothing around in a hallway is a surefire way to create a negative feeling when entering the property and making the space feel much smaller, so clear the clutter away.  This is especially important if your hallway space is quite limited to start with.  The smaller the hallway the clearer and less cluttered it should be kept.

When considering flooring for a hallway, remember it must be practical to cope well with water and dirt being brought in from outside.  The wrong choice of flooring for such a heavily used area will result in it deteriorating rapidly. Also consider robust, wipeable paints and wall coverings for this high-traffic area.

At Sunset Interior Design we bring our expert design skills to help ensure you achieve the most from your hallway, both from a practical and design point-of-view, bearing in mind all the points raised above.  We offer a complete one-stop design and decorating service, from design to completion, if desired.

If you would like any help with your domestic or commercial interior design or decorating projects, however small or large, please contact us and we will be delighted to work with you.  We offer a professional, friendly, personal and affordable service to every one of our customers and are here to help you achieve your desired results first time and within budget.

Linda Mills
Sunset Interior Design, Sheffield Interior Designers


Bathroom Interior Design Advice and Tips

Bathroom Interior DesignBathrooms should blend together pleasure and practicality in equal measure.  Often they are places of indulgence and relaxation as well as being spaces for the obvious day to day essentials.

In recent years people have been placing more and more importance on the quality, size and number of bathrooms in a property when considering its value.

Personal preference and lifestyle play a large part in determining bathroom design, but increasingly these days consideration needs to be given to energy and water efficiency.  Up until very recent times bathrooms have been a major source of wasted water and energy.  Modern bathroom technologies take these issues into account and should be incorporated wherever possible.

When deciding on your preferred design and style for your bathroom, you must bear in mind the overall space available and the way the bathroom will be used from the outset.  Do you want a luxurious spa bath, or will a shower suffice? What about a wet room?  Is there enough space to implement your ideas without compromising practicality?  Will you have sufficient, accessible storage for both day-to-day and less used items?  An accurate floor-plan and 3D visualisation will help in these design decisions.

Special consideration should be given to the flooring, materials and textures used in bathrooms bearing in mind they will be subjected to water directly and a damp atmosphere for long periods of time.  Flooring should not become extremely slippery when wet and other materials and textures should not trap moisture to encourage mould growth.

Privacy and adequate ventilation are also extremely important considerations.  Good ventilation is essential to prevent mould growth in damp locations.

In terms of heating, bear in mind that users of bathrooms will often be partially or fully undressed so sufficient heating is essential.  A tiled floor will feel cold unless under-floor heating is fitted. A heated towel rail will solve the problem of cold, damp towels and also double as a radiator.

If you have a small space, you will want to incorporate design ideas that help give the illusion of making the room bigger.  The use of mirrors is very common and there are many optical illusions that can be used as discussed in one of our earlier posts.

Careful use of lighting can ensure the room is well lit for practical purposes and also able to create the desired ambience for relaxation.

It is extremely important to abide by the various rules and regulations applying to bathrooms, especially where electrics are involved.  All fittings and switches must be approved for use in such locations.

Paint selection is also important and paint produced for use in rooms subject to moisture should be used.  Paint is also available to help prevent against mould.

Introduce a feature plant into a bathroom to relieve the hardness of other materials typically used in rooms which can at times feel a little sterile.  There are many plants available that will thrive in a damp atmosphere without much daylight.

Sunset Interior Design can bring our design expertise to help bring to life your ideal bathroom, utilising expert design to make best use of the space available and making sure the room meets your needs for practicality and your desires for style and relaxation.  We can provide a complete one-stop service from design through to completion if desired.

If you would like any help with your domestic or commercial interior design or decorating projects, however small or large, please contact us and we will be delighted to work with you.  We offer a professional, friendly, personal and affordable service to every one of our customers and are here to help you achieve your desired results first time and within budget.

Linda Mills
Sunset Interior Design, Bathroom Designers for Sheffield, South Yorkshire and Derbyshire


Kitchen Interior Design Advice and Tips

Kitchen DesignKitchens are arguably the most important room in a home.  Often they are a focal point for not only cooking but also eating meals and entertaining.

A kitchen’s design should take into account all the functions and uses required of it.  The owner’s lifestyle, entertaining requirements, cooking and food preparation habits, types of appliances, ventilation, storage and its access and, most importantly of all, safety all need taking into account.

A kitchen needs to be a blend of quality, style and practicality. It should be designed with all the above areas and the available space in mind from the outset.  It is amazing how many kitchens appear to be ‘off-the-shelf’ and shoe-horned into an existing space with no consideration for design or practicality.

The amount of time spent in kitchens dictates special care when designing them.  Any initial small annoyances, an inconvenient layout, poor lighting, lack of workspace, insufficent power points or storage areas will quickly become major headaches in no time at all.

There are also many rules and regulations that need considering when designing kitchens.

Our advice is always to consult professionals when designing kitchens.  There are simply so many things to think about and that could go wrong that trying to muddle your way through can be an intensely frustrating and expensive experience.

Sunset Interior Design are trained kitchen designers and can work with you from initial concepts, planning, design and illustration right through to project managing the installation.  We take the guesswork out of kitchen design and ensure you get the stylish, practical and functional room you desire and need.

If you would like any help with your domestic or commercial interior design or decorating projects, however small or large, please contact us and we will be delighted to work with you.  We offer a professional, friendly, personal and affordable service to every one of our customers and are here to help you achieve your desired results first time and within budget.

Linda Mills
Sunset Interior Design, Kitchen Designers for Sheffield, South Yorkshire and Derbyshire


Make Sure Everyone Is In Agreement

austin-powers-themed-bedroomIt’s amazing how many people make design decisions without consulting or agreeing them with other people who use the same space.

Everybody has different tastes and different ideas about design.  Everyone has opinions and ideas to bring to the table.  It is therefore essential that if you’re designing a space that will be used by more than one person that everyone has their say.

If two people have different preferences for colours and styles, an interior designer can create a design that is pleasing to both.  Sometimes an eclectic mix is the solution but it has to be done very carefully.

Some people find it very hard to visualise a proposed design and therefore hard to have an opinion until the project has progressed so far that it’s too late to change.  This is why producing 3D imaging of proposed designs and obtaining samples of products, materials and paints before starting work is a huge advantage to everybody concerned.

If you would like any help with your domestic or commercial interior design or decorating projects, however small or large, please contact us and we will be delighted to work with you.  We offer a professional, friendly, personal and affordable service to every one of our customers and are here to help you achieve your desired results first time and within budget.

Linda Mills
Sunset Interior Design, Interior Designers for South Yorkshire and Derbyshire