What are the hottest interior design trends in 2019? How do you add value to your home? And how can you ensure your house flows from room to room? Jenny Allan, Founder of Jenny Allan Design, based on Cavendish Square W1, shares her predictions, inspirations and tips to transform your home.
Q: What will be the three biggest interior trends of 2019?
A: Blush pinks and pastels will be the go-to colours in 2019. The benefit of these tones is that they will warm up any neutral colour scheme without appearing too harsh. Juxtaposing those colours with bronze is another trend that will be prominent in 2019, as well as combining with natural materials, such as marble and onyx, to complete the look.
Q: Any suggestions to add value to a home?
A: A home which is designed to maximise space and that is aesthetically appealing to the tastes of a high percentage of buyers, will always stand the best chance. Adding in-built bespoke joinery is a great way to do this, while keeping to a fairly-neutral colour palette, ensuring the house flows from room to room. The better the design, the more likely the buyers will feel that it could be a home.
Q: Tell us a little about yourself?
A: Jenny Allan Design is a high-end London based, interior design company. Our work has a classic contemporary style and has been internationally recognised by the Society of British and International Design and the International Design and Architecture awards. For our client base, my team and I create beautiful, liveable designs in some of the most luxurious properties in the UK and further afield. We have a strong emphasis on building client relationships and creating dream spaces with great attention to detail.
Q: Can you suggest any tips to add space or the illusion of extra space in apartments?
A: Creating and maximising space is always a priority, particularly in central London and there are many ways that this can be achieved. For example, using furniture with legs, rather than furniture which just sits on the floor, will create the illusion of space. Also fitting bespoke shelving rather than standalone bookcases can have a similar effect. Another tip is to blend the curtains with the wall colour, which will then create an unbroken line, making a room feel much larger. The use of mirrors in a small space can have a dramatic impact, particularly if you mirror an entire wall as we did in a Belgravia Mews house. This transformed the entrance hall of the property creating a light, spacious and welcoming first impression.
Q: Who is your biggest inspiration or an interior design book everyone should read?
A: Personally, the architect Zaha Hadid was someone who I greatly admired. Her incredible work has its own distinct style and is so iconic.
Q: If you were stranded on a desert island, what three things would you take with you?
A: Water – always keep hydrated, some great music and my mobile!
Q: What is the most challenging room to decorate and any top tips?
A: Every room that is interior designed requires a great amount of attention to detail, but I would say that the main living areas are the rooms that require the most planning. They are used by the whole family and need to accommodate everyone’s needs. As part of our design process, we design all our projects using CGI’s, so our clients can see exactly how the design will look and feel before it’s implemented. Proportion is so important in these rooms, so we always pay special attention to that.
Q: Are there any unusual furniture, lighting or decorating trends to look out for in 2019?
A: One of the trends for 2019 is curved furniture. Think bar stools with rounded backs or curved occasional chairs. Luckily, this trend is also functional as walking around curved pieces of furniture is easier, particularly in small spaces.
Q: If you could design a home for anyone, who would it be?
A: The Queen!
Q: What will be the top interior design trends for spring?
A: Light pastel tones such as celadon green, powder blue and blush pink are the best ways to keep on trend this spring.
Q: Any interior design tips to help sell a house faster?
A: Make the home as neutral as possible, so that there isn’t anything that might put a buyer off just because you have different tastes.
Q: What is the most important room in the house and why?
A: Many clients have open-plan living, kitchen and dining areas which are really the hub of the home. Getting those spaces to work is very important.
Q: And finally, what advice would you give to anyone who wants to become an interior designer?
A: There’s nothing like practical experience. Start with your own home and experiment with your style, once you are happy with your designs offer to interior design a room for a friend for free as your first “client”.
Jenny Allan Design (www.jennyallandesign.co.uk)