We are fully trained to read and

produce professional technical drawings such

as floor plans along with plumbing and electrics, elevations and section drawings.

 

We are fully qualified to understand wall construction and where and when they should

or can be removed.

 

We are trained to understand interior structures, materials and how, where and when to apply

them correctly.

 

I combine technical ability, spatial

awareness and creative flair to

create the perfect interior

for you. 

It is often thought that Interior design is about choosing co-ordinating cushions or about choosing the right colour for the walls to match the rug... It is much more than that. We are trained in construction, fire safety and have some knowledge of building regulations. We can be known as interior architects.


Your Style...

Sometimes it is hard to communicate what is in your head. You have an idea and yet when you try to apply it you end up with something that is far from what you wanted! That is where I come in. If you want a stunning interior or some simple advice on you current scheme please get in touch. I can help!

 

Please read on and absorb the information I have provided on various interior styles from the past. 

There is nothing wrong with mix and match! Don't be afraid to be eclectic!

A successful interior is one that works for you and your lifestyle and not what the latest trends demand it

to be!

Welcome to the mid 18th century and the Neoclassical interior.

If you wish to introduce some

classical elements into your

home, try some antique tables

or a damask, silk

cushion or two.

Neoclassical interiors and architecture are inspired by the classical buildings of Greece and Rome. Interiors are ordered and symmetrical with silk damasks, intricate plasterwork and colour palettes ranging from duck egg blues through to deep red and golds found in the ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum.

 

The Neoclassical interior is crammed with symbolism. Everything has a meaning. Plasterwork is like a finely iced cake!

In the British Neoclassical interior, doors are strong, polished mahogany. The French paint theirs to blend in with the  wall colour.

Unless you have a period property this is not a look you will be able to create easily. It has the potential to look a little cheap when incorporated into the wrong setting.

The Neoclassical Interior

Regency

The Regency was the defining style of the last third of the 18th century and the early 19th. Named after the period of the Prince Regent (later George IV) this style is known for it's classical accuracy. The bones of the interior remain the same. Symmetry is still the order of the day, but colours become accurate matching those found in the ancient Roman interiors of Pompeii. Deep yellows, golds and reds all feature. Rope back chairs, urns and swagged curtains make up this interior.

Striped wallpaper is a major feature in the Regency

interior and colours range from deep reds to lighter shades. Papers can be mixed with damask patterns which makes it a rich choice. Best avoid unless you have a period home!

Again this is style which suits a period property. You need height and space to pull it off. However you can add elements to your home. Eastern cultures influence this period such as Chinese pattern and Indian motif.  Ancient Egyptian style is also seen here.

Try a Chinese vase or some brass finishes against a dark surface!

Chinoiserie

During the 17th century trade to the Far East introduced porcelain and a new design style known as Chinoiserie to the Western world. Delicate, heavily detailed and extremely beautiful wallpapers, fabrics and china patterns were produced to satisfy the British market.

The style is as popular as ever with Chinese vases to suit all budgets. Wall treatments from hand painted panels to more affordable printed wallpapers continue to flood the market.

Photo: rubylane.com

Furniture is lacquered with brass touches. Birds, butterflies and delicate foliage are hand painted on to any surface from trunks to interior walls.

If you want to see Chinoiserie at it's best then visit the Brighton Pavilion. It's a triumph of design.

I love Chinese vases. I think they work beautifully in any scheme, no matter what your taste. Teamed with some large faux flowers or leaves will have a stunning impact in any interior.

If you do love Chinoiserie as I do, then visit the V&A museum. Their Eastern galleries are fantastic. You will find a wealth of Oriental treasures!

Chinoiserie is a some what romantic idea of the Asian cultures. Chinoiserie as we know it was created especially for the British market. The general interiors of the Far East were not known to feature heavily decorated furnishings.

It is however a beautiful style and is a testament to the skill, craftsmanship and creativity of the Asian cultures.

Interesting fact.

Chinoiserie includes

India too!

Oh dear. Somebody isn't happy! Since the introduction of the middle class. There is a need for affordable furniture. Up until that point furniture was custom made for the rich.

William Morris is fed up. He craves a time when furniture is unique and finely crafted.

The beginning of the 20th century brings us the Arts and Crafts movement. Homes are still full of decoration, however it is ordered and stripped back. Quality furniture, hand blocked wallpapers and one of pieces are given pride of place.

The home is not a place to fill with stuff. It is a place to celebrate quality, not quantity.

This a highly decorative look. It is a style that has re-surfaced in recent years with many shops stocking William Morris wallpapers and accessories. It is not the cheapest since wallpapers are hand block printed. But if you do love it, try  a cushion or two or a framed piece.

It simply means ' New Art'. This style occurs around the same time as the previous style and Arts and Crafts does influence it to a certain degree. Both styles share a passion for well made, unique furniture. This style is lavish, over the top but certainly unique with it's mixture of flowing decorative forms and geometric pattern. This style was short lived due to the cost and it's outlandish nature.

                                                            Art Nouveau

Arts and Crafts

There are not many who can live with such a theatrical style. Limit this to cushions and the odd decorative accessory.

Victorian

1837 and Victoria is on the throne. As we go through this reign society begins to change. We no longer have a society divided by the super rich and the poor. We have a middle class who want an interior to be proud of.

The Victorian interior is a sharp contrast to the elegant styles of the Georgian period.

Victorian society rejects Roman and Greek ideals. The Victorian wants a home to show off.

Instead of the ordered classical schemes of the 18th century we now have a cluttered, busy look.

The interior is crammed full of rich fabrics and decoration. There is less flow then is seen previously. Colours do not have to be dark but the interior takes on a bohemian look.

A major element in the Victorian interior are plants. They are a very important part of a scheme. They greet guests, add an airy feel and hide a multitude of sins! The Victorians used them to hide a stained fireplace when not in use.

Want the look?

Try heavy velvets, balloon back chairs, gallery walls and  plenty of  accessories!

Art Deco

The Art deco period followed the first world war and takes influence from Cubism. Interiors are all about glamour and have a certain contradictory nature to them. Some interior display a wealth of outlandish colour and pattern yet some display a wonderful simplicity. The general look is mirrors, geometric patterns and symmetry along with a simple colour palette.

Art Deco continues to inspire today's interiors. Hotel styles are heavily influenced by geometric pattern and dark polished woods.

Retro Styles

 1950

                    to the 1980s

Retro styles generally start from the 1950s and now includes the 1980s. It is usually trends which have come to be fashionable again and have a sense of nostalgia.

 

1950s. A post war style that takes on a positive attitude. Out with the old and in with the new! We're talking new everything. From buildings to state of the art materials, you name it the 50s has it.

Mustard Yellows and browns work with red and checkered floors. Plastic, formica and the Eames chair...

This room recreated from a V&A exhibition. Image belongs to blinklondon.com.

There are many fabrics and furniture styles that take their influence from the 50's. Love it or loath it, it is certainly an iconic style that will pop up time and time again.

We tend to think of

American diners and polka dot fabric when we think of the 50s. Whilst 

this is a genuine look. It certainly doesn't represent the

British 50s interior.

Unless you are running an interior design museum or are completely obsessed with the 60s, it might be best to avoid the whole look and use some elements to bring a little colour into your life.

 

I love lava lamps and I think they cheer up any interior. They are a 60s icon and mixed with a bright armchair or some bold art prints, can make a striking scheme.

1 9 6 0 s

The 1960s interior is similar to the 50s in many ways. However this decade sees a burst of colour unseen before. We're talking pinks, oranges, yellows and any other colour that comes to mind! Swirls and geometric forms mixed with the rainbow create a psychedelic effect.

The space age has begun and this influences the 60s interior. White plastic chairs and resin floors  become popular choices.

The 70s

What can I say... It's an interesting time. The 1970s are full of colour. When I say colour I mean yellow. And more yellow and of course some gorgeous shades of brown. We're talking brown carpets, brown walls and brown furniture.

Again this decade is very similar to it's predecessor. It has bold colour, crazy wallpapers and plastic is a key feature here too.

This decade is an acquired taste. Although it does have a following. 70s inspired papers are big business and plastic furniture is here to stay. 

If you want to have this look then please, no brown carpets! Use wooden flooring. If you must have a shaggy rug then go for a subtle shade.

This wallpaper from

Orla Kiely is 70s

inspired and certainly

represents 70s style with the mustard yellows and olive greens.

1980s

Yes.. The 1980s was an extremely interesting time for everything. But  interior design was on another level.

These images are not your typical household interiors but I have selected them as they incorporate many elements of the 80s style.

Colours were bold, not necessarily matching.Geometric patterns were 

big and randomly placed. Glass bricks became very popular.

Neon lights and bright pinks were the order of the day!

Post modern design played it's part. Tubular steel furniture was a must

for a trendy interior.

Oh good grief. The swag. Windows were covered in these! Curtains and Austrian blinds were dressed like a theatre stage.

Chintz fabrics and garish colours were a must!

Todays styles...

Styles of today vary quite a bit from ultra modern interiors with minimal furnishings through to traditional looks combining pieces from different centuries and eras.

Each style has it's place but your interior should reflect you and your needs and necessarily a specific design style. 

Mariama Janneh Interior Design Style

I have my own personal style and design direction and an affordable interior design service does not mean your interior will be any less stunning than an interior designed in the traditional way.

I combined elements from all eras to create interiors based on my own design style which incorporates four essential elements: 

Glamour, comfort, balance and colour coordination to give you a unique interior you'll love!

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