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Lighting is a vital component as it can transform a room’s look and mood.

How to plan your home renovation project

Amanda Hanley, our expert interior designer, gives us some helpful tips on how to achieve a beautiful home for you and your family
Don’t be afraid to go with your instincts and express your personality in your design decisions.

"Make the rooms fun, even eccentric"

It is always a good idea to start the design process by analysing your family’s lifestyle and how you want your home to cater for everyone’s needs.


How do you accommodate modern day demands, along with achieving the style you’re dreaming of?

There is a lot to think about; how well you plan the project at this stage will have a huge impact on how successful the outcome is. The kitchen/dining area is often the hub of the house and therefore requires particular attention in determining a functional, well-designed layout.

If you are able to make structural changes, now is the perfect time to consider each room individually and assess dimensions, natural light and the view, proportions, and flow between rooms. We often work closely with architects to determine how we can enhance, and make the most of a client’s house.

The greatest tool at your disposal is colour.


While a house’s exterior may give the first impression, it’s the interior design that reflects your personality and makes you feel at home. Consider and be inspired by the architecture of the house, existing features and the setting, and adapt your style to allow the interior to compliment the building.

Spaces have a strong definable look achieved by unusual combinations of colour, size and texture and a mix of modern and vintage pieces, in harmony with the architectural building style. I am passionate about sourcing unusual furniture, lighting and finishes – unique elements that lift a room and transform it into an exciting space.

Amanda’s rules for interior design

The first rule is that there are no rules! Don’t be afraid to go with your instincts and express your personality in your design decisions. How you personalise your space is what makes it unique and interesting, and in turn leads to a warm welcoming home. Make the rooms fun, even eccentric if that’s your style… and don’t take things too seriously!


The greatest tool at your disposal is colour. Enjoy it, experiment with it and do not just stick to pale shades. There is nothing more wonderful than entertaining in a room that has a dramatic focal point.

I consider the architectural qualities of a room and look for colour, textures and shapes to ‘make’ the space. I like a little drama and create this with art, colour or a piece of furniture. Drama might mean it is arresting and soft or it might mean it is bold. I like interesting solutions to curtains and blinds, and punctuations in the room that allow the eye to go from point to point.


Lighting is a vital component as it can transform a room’s look and mood. It needs to be functional and to provide ambiance/mood. Create intimacy using dark colours and subdued lighting, but remember, even in a dimly lit room there should always be a good light to read by.

Texture and fabrics

My inspiration comes from a love of fabrics, textures and colourful textiles. I’m at my happiest when in the studio surrounded by reams of material, fabric, swatches and pattern books!

Use colour, pattern and texture to build up the look you require: if drawn from the same colour palette you will be surprised at how well they work together. If you have fallen in love with a dramatic and expensive fabric, think about using it for smaller items such as cushions.

• Keep curtains simple – I love to use wool cloth; it drapes perfectly and is more cost effective than other luxurious fabrics.

• For a large room, use a rug to zone certain areas such as a dining area or sitting area.

- Amanda Hanley


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