Luxury Interior Design Tips & Trends from April Hamilton Interior Design

Luxury Interior Design Tips & Trends from April Hamilton Interior Design

With a studio based in Cobham, Elmbridge, and working across the UK, Rosemary Ridgway and Charlotte Small, have secured a well-earned reputation as consummate professionals, who understand how to creatively bring their clients dreams and lifestyle aspirations to life.

How have the homes of people living in Greater London and Surrey changed over the years?

Charlotte & Rosemary commented “We’ve seen a shift towards more contemporary but homely designs, the integration of smart technology and an emphasis on outdoor space, has massively evolved and become more of a necessity now too.”

Overall, they’ve noticed an increase in clients seeking a more holistic and homely lifestyle, with the aim of creating a calm and soulful environment – to retreat to, due to their ever-increasing busy lifestyles and schedules.

The luxury of connecting with nature

Connection to the outside world and nature has become more important, leading to the inclusion of garden rooms, outdoor kitchens and orangeries becoming must-have additions

Some clients opt for outdoor swimming pools to elevate their living and wellness experience, whilst adding a unique and fun touch to their garden too.

What’s the one design or refurbishment mistake you always see people making?

Charlotte & Rosemary commented “Not having well thought out lighting design is a very common mistake. It’s crucial for setting an ambiance, highlighting architectural features, and enhancing the functionality of a space. Without proper lighting, whether that be architectural or decorative, even the most beautifully designed room can feel dull and uninviting. And of course you need to adjust throughout the year too.”

Similarly, the duo notes, bespoke joinery, including built-in cabinetry and storage solutions, plays a vital role in maximising space efficiency and maintaining a cohesive design aesthetic – not enough people invest here, and it really adds long-term value to your property too. Ignoring these elements can result in missed opportunities to elevate the overall look and feel of a room.

How to Refurb Popular London Townhouses

Traditional London townhouses can be transformed into contemporary living spaces, with design references to their historical past. Mixing and matching antiques and family heirlooms, with contemporary design pieces creates timeless and effortless style.

April Hamilton Design use artisan creatives and independent design stores, to create character including hand printed wallpapers, stunning textiles including rugs and carpets, and utilise bespoke paints colours, personal artefacts, and possessions.

“One of our favourite types of projects to undertake is refurbishing London Townhouses, immersing ourselves in this cities’ vibrant culture. With the non-stop hustle and bustle outside your home, as soon as you close your front door, we create serene, soulful interiors bringing tranquillity to our client’s lives. Stunning architecture and the luxurious, historic nature of famous property neighbourhoods like Mayfair, Knightsbridge, Belgravia, and Richmond, make every project a unique and an inspiring experience.”

The Importance of Dual Purpose Rooms

Often to help with small rooms and a lack of space for modern lifestyle needs, interior designers will opt for dual purpose rooms, to help maximise the use of space.

For example, a home office within a spare bedroom space, or making the most of a clever nook under the stairs for a home-bar. Considering space-saving furniture items including day beds and banquets, can help with additional multipurpose living areas.

Bespoke Furniture Design

Due to the unique architectural features of period properties, there can be a multitude of constraints including, ceiling heights, narrow staircases, and hallways.

Optimising storage, personalising the style and functionality of a space is always highly desired for luxury clients and is easily achieved through bespoke joinery and furniture design, utilising fine artisan skills and textile materials.

When it comes to adding value to your home, what investment do you always recommend?

With the ever-increasing prices of properties, especially recently purchased properties, investing in an interior designer, like April Hamilton is vital.

Bespoke fitted joinery, exquisite storage, high quality finishes throughout and functional layouts, will always add value to a home, and these are key areas an interior design company is well placed and experienced to advise you on.

A well-designed home not only enhances the aesthetic appeal and experience for your family and guests but ensuring refurbishments have been properly executed with trusted builders, decorators, and craftspeople, are vital for future-proofing resale value.