2016 Year in Review

2016 Year in Review

2016 has been a busy year for Honey Interior Design. With a mixture of domestic and commercial work – we’ve tackled schools, pubs, office spaces, a dentisit surgery and an opticians – as well as bathrooms, bedrooms, kitchens and lounges! In addition, we moved into the new Honey HQ in Folkestone in October. It’s been a great year – and as we continue to go from strength to strength we are thankful for everything we have achieved and looking forward to the year ahead. One of the quickest, and cheapest, ways to update a space is through colour and we’ve transformed dozens of spaces through colour and design consultancy. A coat of paint (or two!) can really make a difference to how a room looks and feels. I love the colour training that I continue to deliver in conjunction with Dulux – changing the way people understand and use colour in their homes and businesses! It really is more than just a tin of paint. I’m really excited about the new Dulux Heritage range and the Dulux 2017 colour of the year Denim Drift. You can read more about the predicted trends for 2017 here  https://www.dulux.co.uk/en/articles/colour-futures-2017 Everyone loves a before & after – so I also include two of my favourites from the year – where the transformation has been amazing – I hope you’ll agree. As for what 2017 holds for Honey Interior Design? More colour and more design. We are looking forward to working in several schools in Kent – creating spaces that support learning and inspire creativity for pupils and teachers alike! There are also some...
Interior Styling: Top Tips part 2

Interior Styling: Top Tips part 2

Honey Interior Design recently worked with the Dulux Design Service & Potton Homes. I was asked to speak at a workshop to provide self-builders with some key areas for consideration on the internal styling of their new homes. Here are the second set of 3 tips to helping achieve the interior you want – and some lovely pictures of the Potton Show homes at St Neots. Although I presented to Self-builders – these tips can apply to the refurbishment of your existing home too! 4. Existing Vs New. Your home should be a reflection of those that live within. Consideration should always be given to how much you bring with you from  your existing home to your new home. If you are simply refurbishing an existing space – how much should you keep? I personally believe your home should tell a story of who you are – your history and life. This doesn’t mean keeping everything and having a cluttered interior – but a newly decorated space should not be devoid of character and identity. 5. Style & colour. Keep a scrapbook – physically or on-line. This will give you a real sense of what you like / don’t like. Even if you are considering using an interior designer to help you design and style your home – any back ground work that you have done to help identify your style will be of great help to any professional – and give them a great springboard to pull together an interior scheme you’ll love. Inspiration pictures don’t have to be of interiors – it could be an item of clothing, piece of art, or...
Interior Styling: Top Tips part 1

Interior Styling: Top Tips part 1

Honey Interior Design recently worked with the Dulux Design Service & Potton Homes. I was asked to speak at a workshop to provide self-builders with some key areas for consideration on the internal styling of their new homes. If you have ever been involved in a self-build you will know that it is no small task – there are a multitude of decisions to be made – and it can be overwhelming. The internet is both a blessing and a curse – with so much information and choice available it can be difficult to focus and make decisions. Here are 3 tips to helping achieve the interior you want – and some lovely pictures of the Potton Show homes at St Neots. Although I presented to Self-builders – these tips can apply to the refurbishment of your existing home too! 1. Budget – a lot of your money will go into the foundations & frame of the building (literally) but try and set aside a budget for furniture, soft furnishings and window dressings – the bits that will bring your building to life and give you the home that looks and feels the way you want it to. 2. Materials / Environment – consider the style of your building and to what extent you want the interior to be sympathetic – you can of course add a contemporary twist! Bear in mind that what works in a cosy cottage may not be so easy to pull of in a regency style home or contemporary new build. What materials do you plan to use and in what combination – are these in keeping with...
Ten Storage Solutions

Ten Storage Solutions

Lack of storage is a common complaint for many home owners. We all want our homes to work like clockwork – to be practical as well as beautiful and to be easy to keep clean and tidy. Clever storage ideas will make your life easier and could save you time and money. How often have you bought a replacement for a lost item only to find the original days or weeks later? And of course, you can’t put a price on the lost hours spent searching for elusive items!   Make sure you have enough built in or free standing storage to house your possessions – such as kitchen cupboards, wardrobes, & shelving units. If the storage available to house your possessions falls short – consider a clear out, recycling or selling items you no longer need or use. Use storage boxes in every room of your house to make it easier to keep on top of clutter or have a quick tidy up should guests drop by unannounced. Most houses have a “junk drawer” but it’s much more efficient to corral like items and label to make sure everyone knows where to return things. Be sure to include “hidden” rather than just open storage. Whilst open storage is great for treasured pieces like art, photographs, or well-loved books, general storage should be hidden for less visual clutter. Storage doesn’t have to be boring – include it in your decorative scheme – either as a punch of colour & pattern or to add texture – try wicker, felt, knit or metal. Wicker baskets are a cheap and easy solution...