While the main drive of an architectural scheme often focusses on the key issues of planning consent, building control issues, and the ‘bricks and mortar’ construction, the tone and quality of the interior design is arguably just as important; after all the client will almost certainly be spending a lot more time inside their property than looking at the outside.
It might be all very well getting planning consent for an 800 sq ft extension but if this is just a large dull box with poor proportions it might just be a waste of money.
What issues need to be considered in the architectural scheme to make the most of the interior? Good light and views are essential, of course, and while much consideration should be given to the design of the elevation from outside the proportions from the inside are just as important; things like establishing the right cill and head levels, checking that transoms in windows do not obscure the eyeline to mention a few.
While it may be for the best to simply choose a standard colour scheme such as gardenia emulsion throughout, there are often neutral colours which may be more sympathetic to the location or exposure of your home. If the light is predominantly overcast or from a north facing elevation you may want to ‘warm up’ the natural light effect by choosing a warmer neutral colour. If the exposure will attract a lot of bright sunlight you may choose to tone down the colour to reduce glare.
Talk to us about your ambitions for your interior scheme – you may be able to achieve more than you had first thought to make your space feel more homely and snug, refreshingly new or to give it a more contemporary feel.