What better way to demonstrate our mad design skills and expertise than showing you around our designer's own homes?! For this post we visited Lead Designer, Claire's home. She's been part of the My Bespoke Room family since the early days and has created some stunning designs for our clients.

Claire is particularly a wizard when it comes to small spaces and she's recorded a little video sharing her top tips for small spaces which you can watch here too! 

Take it away Claire...

How did you tackle redesigning your flat?

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"When I moved in to my flat 4 years ago it was very dull with dreary cream walls, cream carpets and dark brown furniture. The wallpaper in the bedroom was the first to go the second I moved in! I wanted to start with a fresh slate to add my personality through furniture and finishes so I painted everything. Many a pizza was exchanged for help with painting!

The walls were all painted in Shadow White by Farrow and Ball and then I added in the dark feature wall early on too which makes a great focal point in the main living space and the perfect backdrop for a gallery wall.

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"I wanted to start with a fresh slate to add my personality in through furniture and finishes." Quote image

A challenge with the flat is that it doesn't get a lot of natural light and so it was important that I brought in ambient through artificial lighting.  I've used the full spectrum, from table lamps, plug in wall lights and looped pendants to add a lovely light throughout.

 

Which was the hardest room to design?

The trickiest space to design was the open plan living dining room as it's a long slim space which needs to serve multiple uses while not feeling too cluttered. 

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This is where the feature green wall comes in as it creates an immediate focal point, while the shelves provide storage and opportunity for decorative finishes! It also really helps to zone that dining area.

To create more space, I moved the table up against the wall but this meant that it didn't sit directly under the pendant. I found a work around by getting a pendant with a long flex and then looping it up so it falls directly over the table.

For the living area I used as long a sofa as I could get (for as many bums on seats!) but using a slim shape on the legs so it doesn't feel heavy. The picture ledge is another great way to focus the space and zone it.

"For small spaces, choose furniture with slim legs to give the illusion of more floor space." Quote image

 

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What's your favourite room?

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My bedroom is my favourite room for sure! It's feels like a real sanctuary and yes, that bed really is as comfy as it looks! I kept the walls the same neutral tone as the rest of the flat, but added in fun pops of colour through a yellow bed head and in the artwork. 

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Space was a real challenge in this room which I resolved by sourcing drawers with plenty of storage space for the bedside tables. To keep the tops from looking cluttered, I wanted to avoid adding in table lamps. Instead, I went for plug in lights that are hooked and hung from above which look fantastic and were also very affordable!

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How would you describe your style?

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Eclectic, mid century modern! Although I think the type/style of property has a big impact on this as I think it's important to work to your context so for example if I had a larger house with more character I would love more industrial elements too!

 

Any final space saving tips for us?

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I've already covered furniture on legs and in slim profiles and using furniture that has more than one use. My other top tips would be to wall mount as much as you can to create extra floorspace, like I did in my hallway with this shelf.

Mirrors are also a tried and tested technique to make spaces appear larger.

I'd also really consider painting your skirting, doors and radiators in the same colour as the wall as it can also trick the eye into thinking your walls are taller and wider.

 

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