Best 20 interior designers in Britain
7:00AM GMT 17 Dec 2013
Is your home dowdy or old-fashioned? Unfashionable in layout and decor? If so, then the time is right to bring in an interior decorator.
If you have considered such skills too expensive or unnecessary then remember – good design gives you the home you want, impresses others and, ultimately, may pay for itself handsomely by boosting the value and appeal of your property when you come to sell.
We have found 20 of Britain s top interior designers, all accredited with the British Institute of Interior Design.
1 jessicabrookdesign.com: West London based, including architectural, furniture and product design.
2 mcw-associates.com: work for home owners, developers, hotels and restaurants, based in Cirencester.
3 msmonro.co.uk: Chelsea-based, this is Britain s longest-established interior design consultancy, will design gardens as well as homes.
4 ashtonhousedesign.co.uk: Seven-person design consultancy with large showroom in Ashburton, Devon.
5 fisherid.com; Kent-based with 30 years of experience in high-end residential interior design.
6 suzannetucker-interiors.com; Has handled very high-end London and south east residential design.
7 simshilditch.com: Has a mission to make everyday living comfortable, engaging and inspirational . Based near Bath.
8 siobhanmooney.co.uk: Edinburgh design team handling room layouts, electrical plans, soft furnishing, fabrics, sourcing of antiques.
9 carolynparker.com: Mother-and-daughter team, Yorkshire based but operating across UK and in Portugal.
10 kellyhoppen.com: Kelly is a celebrity interior designer (she is a Dragon s Den dragon) with her own range of fabrics, paints and furniture.
11 pascoeinteriors.com: This Chichester firm specialises in blending vintage furniture into contemporary surroundings.
12 infinitedesigndevon.co.uk: Interior designers operating mostly in the South Hams.
13 suedanninteriors.com: Buckinghamshire-based firm offering full design service but specialising in bespoke kitchens.
14 marybarberfray.co.uk: The website offers design tips and the firm offers services from designing one window to refurbishing a whole house. Birmingham-based.
15 cloudstudios.co.uk: This Oxford firm has worked on country house interiors as well as modern urban homes.
16 wilkinsonbevandesign.com: A Birmingham-based firm that has worked on ski chalets, Caribbean villas and British homes.
17 juliettebyrne.com: High-end London interior firm which also offers property management services.
18 woodsinteriordesign.com: Based in Harrogate the firm specialises in country houses across the UK.
19 lizaevans.com: A central London firm which also offers to source antiques for clients.
20 mccalldesign.co.uk: This London team has worked on high-end clubs, sporting premises, offices and homes.
How to choose an interior designer:
– Decide exactly what rooms and ideas you have before commissioning a designer.
– Collect fabric samples, photographs and colour charts to focus your ideas.
– Ask friends and colleagues for experiences and recommendations of designers.
– The British Institute of Interior Design posts a list of members on biid.org.uk.
– Most designer offer a free first consultation, so try several to assess attitude and competency.
– Check rates (many charge circa £75 an hour, others up to 15 per cent of project cost).
– Ask whether VAT, labour, materials and project management are included in fee.
– Encourage your designer to source and buy materials (they will get trade rates).
– If you directly pay interior design labourers, budget for £500 to £1,000 per room.
– Secure a firm schedule from your designer, especially if (s)he is project managing.