Interior designers are like keepers of your home – gaining access alongside you or when you can’t, to deal with trades, measure and calculate, drop off samples and more.
This gesture of trust and confidence is especially appreciated by professionals and the time-poor who can’t escape the workplace to attend to design decisions and would prefer to use their weekends else ways.
Specialists in interior design for more than 20 years, Frobisher Interiors is genuinely committed to understanding what its clients seek from both their interior spaces and the designers entrusted to deliver them.
Between Frobisher’s comprehensive design services, online store, retail shop and Espressory, its designers have collaborated with a broad range of clients, many longstanding, from farmers, professionals, building companies, new home builders, architects, commercial aged care and more.
“It’s not all about selling a product or service, it’s about an experience, a relationship that can be long or short,” says Frobisher Interiors creative director, Ann-Marie Appleton.“Yes, we have unique pieces in our show room and we can design austom one-off or we can access thousands of suppliers and manufacturer’s globally, but a lot of clients want to be involved in the process, time permitting.
“They want to feel confident and that they have been heard. They want to know that final decisions made are based on professionalism and experience.“They want a stress-free experience and a great relationship with their interior architect or interior designer.
With that said, clients can often be overwhelmed by the responsibility of design decisions. Frobisher’s designers help to simplify the process for them.
At first, designers help clients to decide on the best exterior details for their building within its environment – colours, materials, joinery and more. Once that’s locked in, the interior colours are chosen in accord with what was chosen for the exterior. The way you feel within a space hugely influences your broader moods and feelings.“A good interior designer can recognise immediately how a change of design can transform a room, whether it’s too dark, too bright, too cluttered, over or under scale,” Ann-Marie says.
It’s hard to put a monetary value on interior design. It could simply be a new paint colour applied to the walls, increasing or updating your light fixtures, getting some new furniture, bed linen, curtains or blinds – but an impartial, professional opinion is always received well.“We’re very lucky to have some amazing clients who return to us time after time, house after house,” Ann-Marie says.
“We’ve done holiday homes, horse floats, show homes and specialist care homes. This shows me that we have a very special relationship with our clients – they trust us, they feel comfortable asking questions, sharing their thoughts and opinions, they trust the design process – whether it’s a one to one selecting upholstery to recover a favourite armchair, or it’s with a larger team of professionals and trades, it’s a unique design, inspired together.”
Trending in 2020
“Classic Blue is the Pantone colour of 2020 so many people will find this easy to use and work with, whether it’s applied as a paint colour or fabric – team with terracotta or a dusky pink,” Ann-Marie says.
“Natural materials such as rattan, linen, solid wood, bamboo and stone will be more ‘considered’ design purchases over manmade products.”
Wall papered ceilings – you read that correctly – while recently only seen in powder rooms, expect that people will get braver and install wall paper in bedrooms and living rooms for a huge statement and contrast.
A more versatile form of warm flooring, floor rugs are being mixed old with new, cheap and expensive, to create works of art on the floor that can be easily interchanged for a freshened look.