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 the style of the house i.e. exposed wooden beams in period properties Vs concrete floors in a more contemporary home. The environment should inform your interior styling decisions – bringing in light and connecting to your exterior environment and views. Hence, what works in a city bolt hole will vary to how you decorate a property with sea views or in the middle of rolling countryside. Nature rarely gets it wrong – so use the combination of colours and  pattern you can see out of your window.

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3. Space planning – Consider how you will use the space. Who will live there – now and in the future? What are your hobbies and pastimes and how can they be incorporated in to the layout and use you give to each of the rooms in your home. Consider all of your family – including extended family such as pets!! It can be tempting to go with a “normal” layout or set number of bedrooms – but if you have a hobby that requires space – be it a sewing room or home gym – give space to this rather than a spare bedroom that is used once a year! Of course, utmost in space planning should be your consideration of storage requirements. You can never have too much storage – plan it into every room and space – you will never regret it. A well organised home tends to be a happier one – with no clutter stopping you from getting on and enjoying your home!

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I’ll provide another 3 tips in an upcoming post.

In the meantime, if you need professional help in bringing your home together please don’t hesitate to contact  Honey Interior Design on 01303 479063 for an initial free consultation.