kitchen company
Louise Swarbrick Design

Kitchen Company

A kitchen is in many ways the most important area in a house. Particularly now when we spend time socialising, eating and spending time as a family both inside and out. An ideal kitchen is only ever that for the person who uses it. The planning of this space needs lots of thought and by …

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Louise Swarbrick Design

Miami Splash

Let the glamour, heat and bright lights fill your home with Miami sun. Channelling the image of Bigger Splash by David Hockney, look at the brilliance of colour in this painting to inspire your take on heat and space, moving across America from California where this painting is set to the tropical richness of Miami. …

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aubergine interior
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Aubergine

When is a colour not quite a plum and not quite a brown? When it’s aubergine. This colour can be a dramatic addition to a room giving it a luxurious feel. As a wall colour, it needs to be used sparingly and with a lot of styling. Use gold accessories and white trim against this …

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Louise Swarbrick Design

Open Shelving: Kitchen

Don’t let fear of clutter put you off having some open shelving in your kitchen. It can be extremely neat and streamlined without the feel of just putting junk high up where it won’t be seen. They are a good alternative to the run of wall units seen in old style kitchens. I have a …

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black and white interior
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Negatives: Black and White

How stylish and chic are photographs in black and white. Some of the best images in the Getty collection are of glamorous film stars taken in this medium. The 1930s as a decade embraced the two tones in many of their designs especially in the Art Deco look. Whilst not to everyone’s taste, these schemes …

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bedroom interior design
Louise Swarbrick Design

Sweet Dreams

How much time do you spend asleep? Quite a lot. It is estimated that in our life time we will spend an average of 26 years in bed – about 75,000 hours – so it’s important that the bed you choose is comfortable and lasts. As the bed tends to be the focal point in …

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Bathroom Interior Design
Louise Swarbrick Design

Bathroom Interior Design

In 1883 a man called John Michael Kohler invented the world’s first bathtub. Apparently he took a cast iron horse trough, added four decorative feet to it and covered it in an enamel finish. This invention was really the preserve of the very wealthy and most of the population had no room for washing but …

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Pink Paint

In the age of gender neutrality and equal opportunity, spare a thought for the over feminised colour pink. It was always pink for a girl’s bedroom and any grown up room with males likely to be spending time in them would be banned from even suggesting a touch of the pink. This is a totally …

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Concrete

Concrete is a substantial substance and it can be used in a variety of ways in interior design. It can be used as a work surface but it is very heavy and not for the faint hearted. I think one would tire of it quickly and it more of a statement of intent than a …

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embroidery
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Embroidery

I believe there is always a place for beautiful, traditional craftsmanship in any interior design project whether that is a modern building or a traditional style house. The ancient art of embroidery and needlepoint is used in many modern fabrics today. Referencing this design feature in a modern setting will bring depth and purchase to …

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