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Carolyn Parker

7th October 2014

Carolyn Parker Interior Design has been an established and highly skilled design practice for almost twenty years based in Yorkshire. Carolyn’s daughter Abigail joined the company over six years ago and they pride themselves on their successful design chemistry. Listed as one of the top twenty designers in the UK by the Telegraph, Carolyn Parker discusses with ROCO her approach to clients and their recent project in the North East.

What was the driving force behind your career in Interiors?

I went to Art School and from there I developed a love of architecture and interiors. Interior Design gave me an opportunity to be creative.

What is your approach to clients?

I firmly believe in trying to fulfill a clients dreams and expectations. We work hard to develop their brief and endeavour to keep the client fully informed of all plans.

Designing a living space should be fun and even though the job is stressful we must never put stress onto the client.

Who do you admire when it comes to design?

I admire classical design with attention to detail. A great influence was David Hicks who inspired me to look and design all aspects of interiors.

What was the brief behind your recent project in the North East?

Our latest project in the North East was a substantial new modern living space consisting of kitchen, living room, cinema and master bedroom suite. It was attached to a period property with an extended outdoor living space. It had to be a practical space and the décor had to blend beautifully with the existing architecture, which consisted of plasterwork ceilings and wooden parquet floors.

Carolyn Parker

What did you find most challenging and rewarding when working with clients?

I think the biggest challenge is always establishing the client’s vision and developing a good and open relationship.

What was the best advice you received when it came to interior design?

Take notes!

Can you list your top five insider tips when planning to decorate a room?

  1. First try and get an idea of  the look you are trying to achieve by gathering pictures from magazines or Pinterest.
  1. Take into account any architectural details of the room, i.e. architraves, ceiling details.
  1. Take note of the light coming into the room - check for dark corners etc.
  1. If you are buying new furniture it is a good idea to make a template out of newspaper of the area size. It can sometimes be a shock when you view the actual size of a sofa.
  1. Always get cuttings and samples and try them in the room. Colours can look so different in a shop compared to the actual space you are designing.
For further information visit Carolyn Parker Interior Design

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