Welcome to Tristan Hay Interiors. We are interior designers and Handmade kitchen specialists .

At Tristan Hay Interiors we appreciate that a kitchen isn’t something that you buy every day; throughout your lifetime you may only consider changing your kitchen a few times. When you choose to purchase a new kitchen it is important to make sure that you have the best possible design that offers both high-quality and durability.

 

If you choose bespoke you can have a kitchen specifically designed and tailored to suit you and your needs. Bespoke kitchens have a great advantage over standard ‘off the shelf’ kitchens as they can be designed to fit around any shape and sized room. Our homes come in a variety of different shapes and sizes which can make fitting a standard kitchen into your home extremely difficult. This may result in you having to compromise on what features you are able to include in your kitchen. However with a bespoke design, the entire room, including all the fittings, will be made to measure and can be positioned wherever you desire. With standard kitchens, space is sometimes sacrificed, where as a bespoke kitchen offers the most efficient utilisation of the available space.

 

At Tristan Hay Interiors we guide our clients through the whole process, from an initial idea to the full installation of your kitchen. Our bespoke kitchens can be made in a wide variety of materials and finishes. We can therefore create a one-off kitchen that meets all of your individual styling requirements. For a range of kitchen inspiration and to see what designs we may be able to offer you, visit our website at www.tristanhayinteriors.com.

What are the differences between these two terms?

 

The terms ‘Interior Designer’ and ‘Interior Decorator’ are often mistaken for being the same thing. Many people do not know the difference between the two and use them interchangeably. Although they do have a number of similarities, the role of an interior designer and that of an interior decorator have some very significant distinctions.

 

Firstly, an Interior Designer will usually be involved in a building project from the beginning, sometimes working alongside an architect or a contractor. They are comfortable with planning a space and can help to renovate and design interiors from the initial sketch to the final installation. An Interior Designers job is to help create a functional interior space by understanding how the space will be used and inhabited. They don’t just enhance the aesthetics of a space, they aim to improve the utilisation of it as well. An Interior Designer will take into consideration all aspects of the design as well as building and structural considerations. Interior Designers will often have a professional qualification and will usually have studied colour and fabric, computer-aided design (CAD), drawing, space planning, furniture design, architecture, art history and more.

 

An interior decorator on the other hand, isn’t usually involved with the design of the building or the layout of the interior space. They are primarily concerned with decoration including paint, fabric, furnishings and accessories; the things that will change the look or visual impression of a space. Their role is to develop a scheme by carefully selecting materials, finishes and products that will add style and personality to a space. Interior Decorators don’t need to have any formal training or qualifications as they primarily focus on aesthetics. However, some interior decorators will take courses to better their knowledge of colour and fabric, room layouts, furniture styles and more.

 

When it comes to hiring a professional to assist with your interior design project, it is beneficial to note the differences between the roles and responsibilities of an Interior Designer and an Interior Decorator. If the changes that you are planning for your space includes the removal of walls, rearranging plumbing work, adding new windows or doors for example, then an interior designer will be most suitable. They can give you advice on making significant alterations to a space and will help you to carry them out. However, if you only require help deciding on an overall scheme for a space such as selecting wallpaper, paint, furniture, window treatments, lighting and accessories, then an interior decorator should be able to assist you. Note that Interior Designers may ‘decorate’ a space but Interior Decorators will not ‘design’. Both interior designers and interior decorators create beautiful and functional spaces, but remember they are two separate professions.

 

If you need the advice or assistance of an Interior Design consultancy visit www.tristanhayinteriors.com where you can view a portfolio of our previous work and find all our contact information.

At Tristan Hay Interiors we are influenced by Scandinavian design and we know a number of our clients and Olney showroom customers favour this particular style.

Scandinavian design emerged out of the Northern European countries: Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland, during the early to mid-20th Century. Scandinavian design is considered fairly minimalist with clean, simple lines from architecture to furniture. Interiors make use of earthy muted tones and honest natural materials, and tend to feature modest ornamentation.
Functionality is key when it comes to Scandinavian interiors; a space must be practical and liveable.
You may also hear Scandinavian design being spoke of in connection to democratic design; the idea that good design should be accessible and affordable to the masses.

The use of light is very important in Scandinavian interiors and therefore rooms often feature large windows. In terms of colour, interiors feature bright white walls that oppose the darkness of winter evenings. These are often softened with cool grey and blue textiles, however more colourful tones that add a decorative quality to rooms are sometimes favoured. In the majority of Scandinavian interiors the flooring is wooden and light. It is generally used in all rooms apart from the bathroom. Natural wood, commonly pine and oak is used as cladding on walls and ceilings which lends warmth and texture to rooms. It is clear to see how the textures and colours of these interiors are influenced by Northern European landscapes rich in lakes, forests, rivers and mountains.

This style has an understated elegance, with flawless craftsmanship and inventive furniture. Fireplaces or Log Burners are an additional, yet common feature. They tend to be located in the corner of a room and are often simple in design, as opposed to the ornate and decorative, traditional fireplaces that we see in Britain.

Scandinavian style demands organisation; rooms must be free of clutter and maintain a minimal and clean look. Despite scaling back on accessories and ornamentation, personal touches such as some favoured literature, a few musical instruments or a large, singular canvas animate rooms. Scandinavian interiors tend to be sociable spaces offering plentiful, cosy seating for friends and family to gather. Homes will usually feature a balcony or terrace which provides a space for enjoying and entertaining outdoors during late summer nights. A conscious effort is also made to make homes eco-friendly with triple glazing and proper insulation. Ground source heat pumps are becoming standard in Swedish new builds.

Scandinavian design has a lot to offer and can be incorporated into any home; just follow a few of the design touches we have mentioned above.

(Images from myscandinavianhome and jelanieshop)

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78 Derngate, Charles Rennie Mackintosh.  

In 1917 the Northampton based model maker W.J Bassett-Lowke purchased 78 Derngate, Northampton. A standard 4 terrace property. The forward thinking Bassett-lowke tracked down the architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh at his Chelsea office to transform the property. They shared a taste for modern non fussy design and together designed 78 Derngate, Basset-Lowke was particularly hands on client.  

The result is a stunning and incredibly practical house, with exceptional attention to detail. Influences from Japan, Africa, early signs of Art Deco and European design are all present. The rear of the property was extended 4ft to allow for a terrace and balcony, this floods light into the south facing rear rooms. The master bedroom has french doors and a balcony, inspired by a previous trip by Basset-Lowke to Europe and the bathroom has a heated towel rail with Italian marble effect wall paper. Personally, the back lit, stair screen wall found in the hall/ lounge and bold decor in the Guest bedroom with its striking white and black stripes alongside, blue silk and squared edged oak furniture really stood out. A must see for any lovers of 20th century interior design.  

The restoration of the building is amazing, with original pieces or those now found in museums being replicated, I would recommend the guided tour which was extremely informative, you will need a couple of hours to get the most from your visit.  

78 Derngate is open February to Christmas, Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm. full price admission is £6.20 with concessions available. I would recommend a visit to their dining room restaurant, they serve fabulous afternoon tea!! For further details follow the link below:  

http://www.78derngate.org.uk/  

image credit – http://www.78derngate.org.uk/

‘… venture indoors and you’ll discover plenty of visual stimulation from the wooden shack bar, right through to the long and narrow restaurant. Most noticeable is one portion of wall with a shimmering bronze mosaic in the style of a mirror ball, a striking chandelier fashioned from what appear to be glass shoehorns, and plenty of exposed ceiling ducts and metallic wall lamps. … Tristan Hay Design conducted all the design work.’  

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‘The look is deliberately distressed. Mismatched chairs and tables are thrown together in an artful mishmash but don’t think it’s all about the decor, this place is serious about its meat.’  

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