Mediterranean design

This style of design generally refers to the Interiors within the countries of Greece, Italy and Spain. When you think of these countries, you think of that warm sun, as a result, the interior design style uses a more minimalistic approach with white wash walls and ceilings; this is to help the interior feel cool, aerated, fresh and open.

Although Different countries within the Mediterranean will be partial to use different colour palettes, the design principle features remain the same. For example; to demonstrate this change in colour difference, interiors in Greek design will use cooler, vibrant tones like blues, greens and turquoise colours, where as in Italy they use earthier, warmer tones, like oranges and reds. In contrast, the Spanish colour palette also follows a natural approach, combining the cooler Greek style of blues, browns, whites and greens with the orange, red and terracotta tones commonly associated with the Italian palette.

The Principle behind creating a Mediterranean interior is quite simple, for a base, white wash walls, with hardwood or terracotta tiles/stone flooring tends to be a typical foundation for all the interiors. You can incorporate more contemporary design features to this Design by using exposed Timber beams on the ceilings and over the top of key features like archways or Stoves or Fireplaces.

Moving on from this, the Mediterranean style often uses mosaics, you can incorporate these mosaics into features all around the home, whether a table surface, or as a splash back in the kitchen, or in the bathroom and around the shower.

The design uses vibrant, but rustic accessories and furniture while still being reflective of the outdoors. As a result, you will find plants, flowers or plaited produce around the design. The produce braided typically includes onions, garlic, and peppers. Herbs can also be used in the interior, whether they are potted or left to dry out.  This is not only a fragrant aroma but also produces an additional source of vibrancy and colour.

The Mediterranean style uses accessories incorporating a rough-hewn iron hardware. Commonly seen on doors and within the lighting design, home accents of iron combined with copper are also used for kitchen cookware.

The General design within the interior is commonly reflective of a laidback, community atmosphere. In this culture, you will find that doors are always open to the neighbours, friends and family. The result of this is large plank kitchen tables able to seat eight or twelve people. Overall, in Mediterranean design the key advice to remember is to use rustic and colourful furniture and accessories with multiple rich textures, while remembering to incorporate the outdoors within the interior.

One of our recent projects for a nightclub called Mist, used a Mediterranean inspired colour palette. In this design, we used the cooler blue tones typically associated to Greek interior take on this style to create a Mediterranean atmosphere.

How to make a large space feel smaller

In order to make a large space feel smaller you simply need to take the opposite approach to making a small room bigger.

When you can start, think about analysing your choice in colour palette. By using deeper and darker tones and with dark ceilings, you can make a room feel instantly smaller. A good tip here could be to use wallpaper on your ceiling, this can add an unusual flare of creativity to your interior, generating an aura of curiosity to your room. The use of patterned finishes will help to make a room feel cosier. You can incorporate this by using wallpapers with a bold and large pint on it. When you think of wallpapers, do your research. We know first-hand that there is no end to the amazing wallpaper finishes you can have, you simply need to look for it, or if you prefer; let us do the legwork for you.  Astounding Interiors’ interior design service have an extensive range of wallpapers and can show you your dream interior, opening your eyes to a new world of furniture and finishes which you didn’t even know you wanted. If you want to go for an even cosier feeling and have the funding to spare, maybe experiment with using a fabric finish on the walls, one way you could achieve this is by using a suede wallpaper. Although more expensive, these plush finishes not only add texture but also add an instantly cosy nature to the room. Be aware that these sorts of finishes on the walls will wear down if you have furniture pushing up against them.

When selecting the furniture consider the size of the room. Think large furnishings, large rugs, large sofas and large stuffed armchairs, ect. The use of oversized furniture will affect how the scale of the room feels. By filling a room with large featured furniture, you will reduce the empty space in your interior.

If you have the budget, we recommend having built-in furniture developed for the space, like floor-to-ceiling bookcases and cupboards, having your furniture more central and pulling it away from the walls allowing space for circulation can help to make spaces feel smaller.

Gallery walls, this can make larger spaces that may not be fully furnished feel smaller.

You can break up a space by zonally adding in sections. This could be generated by using a range of interior design techniques. For more information, visit our previous posts.

How to make a small space feel large

With interiors becoming increasingly pushed for space, being smarter with interiors is becoming a growing trend. There are many ways you can create the illusion of having a larger space. In this blog we will discuss a few of these design techniques that you can implement into your space today.

By painting your walls, trims and ceilings all in different tones of the same colour, you can actually make the room look larger. White is good at making a space feel larger e.g. by painting the walls in an off-white, the trims one tone lighter than the walls and the ceiling two tones lighter you can open the space up to feel like a larger room.

The colour palette you select when creating this design makes a big impact on the space. By using light and natural tones you can make a space feel instantly larger. If you use bold clashing colours it will instantly make the space feel smaller.

It is important that you utilise as much natural light as possible, natural light will also help to make a space feel larger. You can bring more natural light into a room by uncovering your windows.

Reflective and see-through finishes will also help to make the space feel bigger. Mirrors reflect light and make the space feel bigger. If you place mirrors strategically e.g. using a wall length mirror opposite a window will give the illusion that the space carries on further, reflecting large amounts of natural light will help the space to feel bigger.

Glass allows more light, making space feel bigger. Even in bathrooms, if you use a see-through shower curtain you can make a tiny bathroom feel instantly bigger. Even in a dining room, using see-through chairs can make a space look aesthetically much bigger, you can accessorise chairs with a throw or cushion to make this more aesthetically pleasing.

Smart storage solutions and furniture that is multifunctional has boomed because of this trend and growing demand for smart interior solutions. Examples of smarter storage solutions you can implement include using adjustable dining tables that can be elongated or shrunk according to demand, poufs that open up, doubling as a storage container for any throws and shelving solutions to take stuff off the floor. By making sure the floor-based furniture you do have uses exposed legs, you can also make the space feel more spacious. Any furniture that blocks out large chunks of the floor will make the room feel small, as visible floor space has been dramatically reduced.

Minimising clutter will be your new best friend. By implementing a more minimalist look and reducing the clutter you own, you can open up spaces. Having fewer smaller furniture pieces and using a single, larger statement furniture piece, which fills the room, can also help to make a room feel larger. Colour coding the items you do have can also make a room feel more streamlined.

By using furniture that is the same colour as the walls can also open up the space, as it gives the illusion of depth, broadening the space.

Not all of this information means you cannot incorporate statement pieces; in fact, you can still use statement art pieces. This can actually make the interior feel instantly more expensive. The use of a striped rug can elongate a small room. You can also use rugs to break up a smaller room, contrary to what you may expect, by dividing the room in this way you can actually give the illusion of having more space and will help to give the illusion of zones. This technique is good for studio flats.

In fact, we encourage you to break the rules! For example, just because it is a living room it does not mean you have to have a sofa on the floor, have a swing sofa if you want! This can actually benefit the space, as it will mean that more of the floor is visible.

Finally, the lighting, the removal of overhead lights and implementation of pendant lighting, smaller floor and shelf lights reduces harsh lighting; this softer lighting evokes a more natural feeling and draws your eyes around a room.

Colour psychology in cocktail bars

A bar is a place people go to unwind and relax after a long day of work; they want to go somewhere where they feel at-easy, and comfortable, this is the type of bar people will go to spend the evening with you. However, this is only the case for some bars. Other bars will want to create a busy, loud atmosphere where people can have fun and let their hair down, feeling energised before a big night out.

It has become an association that we also drink with our eyes. From choosing the cocktail, to watching it being made and drinking it yourself, your mind will take into account the drinks aesthetic, the colour, the smell, the glass, how they make it, is it with ice etcetera, to form a mental profile of the drink in your head where you will be assuming/guessing what the drink tastes like. Building on this association, we have developed the mental attitude that stronger coloured drinks have a stronger taste. With red with being sweet and green with being sour. This association also transfers to bar design. From the first impression looking in from the outside of the bar, to the last impression when they leave, the design needs to be visually powerful and engaging in order to encourage customers to come back. Colour is a primary way to achieve this, as it will also effect interactions taking place between people: creating mood, for instance, warm colours are associated with comfort, cosiness and intimacy. In contrast to this, cooler colours generate a calmer and soothing energy. Darker tones with spots of a bold/bright light provide a contrast, accentuating emotions of excitement. This will influence the type of atmosphere your bar has and in turn influence the crowd of people the bar will attract.

Green, although a very refreshing colour if used incorrectly is can create ambiences where it is hard to relax in the environments where it is used. If you want to use green in your design, we recommend accents of a deep and dark green, this can add to a cosy, classy and romantic lounge/cocktail atmosphere. An example of how you can incorporate this is by using a dark hunter or racing green leather for a deep button tufted banquette seating.

Black browns and greys combined: although they are very dark, neutral tones, this can feel more dungeon if you are not careful. When designing a bar in this style you must utilise natural light as much as possible and use a splash of something bold and exciting, whether this is a colour is up to you.

Deep reds can have mixed results depending on their context, for bars, using a blue-based red will add to a feeling of romance, luxury and sophistication, helping people stay relaxed.

Deep blue’s add to a feeling of sophistication and suppress feelings of hunger. Meaning you will stay longer for drinks. A bold blue with a higher chrome will make the space feel energised.

Purple, more specifically;18-3838 ULTRA VIOLET has been marked the pantone of the year, Astounding can pride ourselves in saying we have been ahead of the game using this colour in our bar design for years, giving our customers the innovative edge over their competitors. With this colour being on trend in 2018, this colours versatility can cater to a wide range of atmospheres. For instance, a bright tone of purple can provide feelings of excitement while still keeping a relaxing and cosy atmosphere.

Deeper purples can create a romantic or cosy lounge-like atmosphere. The success of the colourpurple in this industry is unparalleled. In 2014, the colour 18-3224 in Radiant Orchid was on trend as the pantone of the year. This reoccurrence of a shade of purple again so soon as pantone of the year can be back to its success within the industry of bar design. Purple is a spiritual and historically royal colour. This association makes the colour extremely popular in hospitality design.

WHAT IS ERGONOMIC DESIGN?

Everyone talks about it, but what is ergonomic design? Ergonomic design is all about form and function. Designers will use the principles of ergonomics in every aspect of their design.

In terms of layout, ergonomics is about understanding the minimum spatial requirement for circulation and furniture. Using ergonomics in this sense is about understanding how these requirements will vary from space to space in regards to the function of the room.

Ergonomic office design is interior design maximising productivity, by minimising fatigue and discomfort felt by the people working there. Ergonomic design is all about using interiors to optimise the primary function of the space.

In restaurant design, ergonomics is about creating a design, which is both comfortable and pleasant for your guests. In this design, you need to consider flow of circulation. Between the kitchen and the tables, how people will enter, the relationship and flows to the bathrooms, the efficiency for the waiters to meet customer’s needs, the space and equipment requirement for the chefs to produce the food of a required quantity and quality.

When you are designing the kitchen to a restaurant, you need to consider the space required not only for the chefs to make and prepare food, but also for the dispatch area for deliveries, a connection between the kitchen and the serving area wide enough to accommodate the flow of staff, storage area. You want to keep distances short; you do not want food to go cold by the time you get it to the customer. You need a waste disposal out of sight and away from any risk of contamination and should avoid cross over circulation paths to avoid accidents; from having something being dropped, spilt or broken, or landing on a customer.

Flexibility within ergonomic design is crucial. A design needs to be able to grow and develop with the changing and evolving demand of the interior’s function. When you are designing, keep in mind how the space will be used, the potential for future renovation and the cafe or restaurant/bar’s the various serving styles.

In any ergonomic design, you should accommodate for the flow variations, for customers and for staff. A successful design will perfectly regulate foot traffic and accommodate enough space according to the footfall quantity. When you think of ergonomic design, think about designing for efficiency.

Aesthetically, ergonomic design is about pleasing people’s psyche. Your design should use the correct balance of colours, lighting and style/décor to optimise a pleasing aesthetic for the customer. It is important that the design does not go overboard; this will create an unpleasant, uncomfortable and cluttered aesthetic. To avoid clutter its best to pre-plan the need for storage facilities and the incorporate solutions into the design. To avoid this, when choosing colours and materials, think about the tones, finishes and textures and try to choose samples that complement each other.

Technically, in a perfect ergonomic design all the finishes will be durable with hardwearing floors that can withstand large amounts of footfall traffic. Your design would incorporate, flexible, portable storage solutions to make circulation easier for the staff and the utilisation of wall space efficiently; for kitchens this can mean using cabinets and wall mount racks and shelving units to maximise productivity for the staff.

In conclusion, a successful ergonomic design is an interior created around nothing but optimising its sole function, ensuring that the resulting interior maximises the efficiency and productivity of its use.

TRENDS FOR 2018

Pantone colour of the year 2018 is 18-3838 Ultra Violet.

Being a balance between a calming blue and a highly stimulating red, purple is calming but increases creativity and spirituality. This a highly symbolic colour and Astounding are proud to be able to say we have always seen the benefits of using purple in our interiors. Being an iconic colour to our company, when we found out this was the pantone of the year we were excited to be able to blog about the benefits of using this colour. In previous blogs, we have discussed the psychological benefits of using this colour, but in this blog, we want to discuss the symbolism of the colour.

18-3838 Ultra Violet is primarily a rare and sacred colour, this association has resulted in it also viewed as a mysterious colour and this is due to its rare natural occurrence in nature. This mystery not only applies to nature, but also in the universe, often associated with deep outer space, this shade of purple is iconic to space, the concept of the unknown and what lies ahead. It is the colour, which represents Jupiter, the largest planet in our solar system, which in-turn is symbolic of a wisdom and a higher level of learning and because of its location in our solar system (having 4 planets before and 4 planets after it). It is also an icon for balance, order and justice.

It’s rarity and identity as a representative of worlds and dimensions beyond our own has resulted in this image becoming a beacon for spirituality and mindfulness and is now often used as an aid for meditation, representing energy, spirituality, intrigue, imagination and inspiration.

Even across modern pop culture, this colour is a beacon for non-conformity. If you think about all the rebellious pop icons who fit within the genre of non-conformity, all have used the colour purple in their branding in one form or another. For this reason, purple is arguably the colour which best represents self-worth and the promotion of valuing your unique identity.

Other Trends this year include:

Being more multifunctional. With houses, gradually becoming smaller and smaller, space is becoming precious, people are now demanding smarter design and storage solutions to best utilise the space. With a growing awareness for the planet’s well-being and the impact humans and household waste are having in relation to this, there is now a growing demand for design solutions, which bring minimal harm to the planet. Resulting in people craving a more minimalistic lifestyle.

Colourful solutions. A growing trend is starting to emerge where people are demanding products, which highlight large amounts of colour in bold patterns.

Movable furniture.  People are showing an interest in being able to have flexibility to more and change their interior spaces around their ever-growing and changing lives. This is also putting a greater emphasis on having less furnishings, but ensuring that what furniture owned is multifunctional. This will allow for greater flexibility with movable furniture of a more temporary nature.

Raw. People are craving interiors that are highly tactile, stimulating the senses within the interior. With trends now leaning toward products of more character, which are often products of a handmade nature. From ceramics to rugs, people are viewing products with these imperfections as being more characteristic.

Hybrid. Globalisation has meant that the reality of a borderless world is becoming increasingly realistic. This borderless world has meant that cultures are becoming inter-twined; these external influences show in our architecture and design. Interiors are gradually showing more of this influence. Hybrid design refers to this cultural mix in an interior. This is becoming the trendiest of interior design styles.

 

Electric Design

When it comes to electric design, the most important factor is the Layout. A successful layout is what will make the space feel comfortable. Before buying the decor figure out exactly where the furniture will go. You don’t want to buy all the furniture and find you have no space for it. A common misunderstanding with electric design is that, within this design, anything goes.

This is an easy style to get wrong, in this style of design you should find balance and harmony. You should explore the relationships between the different lines because you will find certain pieces with different styles and textures from different periods can all marry well into a harmonious design if there is balance in the scale and symmetry.

Another common mistake people make is forgetting to have a single go-to colour. This will act as a reminder that you will continuously go back to when choosing furnishings, materials, art and accessories. When deciding your go-to colour you should never paint a mass of different sample colours on a wall, instead look at each colour completely separately. Having these paint sample cards or boards completely separate will also be ideal when you are furniture shopping for your décor and fabrics.

Consider utility when you are designing this space. You need to remember that this space still needs to be lived in. Before you start to plan the layout and interior decorative design first consider how you want to use this space. Understanding this on a basic level will mean that the rest of the design will flow and be fully utilised upon completion.

Although it’s important to not be reserved in your design, as the electric style should be accented with a multitude of fabric, textures, arts and fabrics. The design style is the interior equivalent of layering. It is quite easy to get caught up in what colours and textures go well together, you need to remember that your design still needs to have a focal point. An eye-catching feature within the room. This can be a feature wall, a fireplace, or another bold decorative item.

Don’t be put off by experimenting. If you have bought a piece of new furniture but you are concerned because you are buying the rest of the furnishings, accessories and fabrics for the room and it just doesn’t feel like it marries well together yet, don’t worry. You just need to give the design time to take form. As the design gets closer to completion all these bold accents will start to come together will blend into the background and will not feel like such an eyesore.

For an example of how we have used this design, check out the recent posts on our Instagram blog where we are displaying a new bachelor recent show home, currently at approximately 80% completion.  Follow this exciting development and see the how this design takes a complete form. This design follows a teal and gold inspired concept.

HOW DOES CIRCULATION EFFECT DESIGN?

So, what is circulation? Circulation within Interiors refers to the way in which people move through and around a building throughout time. It can be broken down into direction, the type of use, the frequency of use and the time of use.

The speed of the movement of circulation can be fast or slow. The speed of the movement will depend on the visibility and how crowded/scarcely populated the location is.

The direction of circulation can be either horizontal or vertical. If circulation is described as being horizontal, it refers to how people move in and around on a particular floor or level, but, if it being described as vertical circulation then it refers to relationship between the levels; looking at how people move between the various floors. Methods of horizontal circulation methods include moving walkways and corridors, whereas examples of vertical circulation can include a lift, stairs, escalators and ramps.

Private and public refers to different circulation zones. If a circulation route is considered to be within a public zone, it suggests that the area is widely accessible; an example of this could be a lobby. Whereas a circulation route considered to as private, will include the back of house and staff circulation passageways.

These two types of circulation zones will differ functionally, in terms of the level of use (how busy it is) and the Aesthetic. Circulation routes within private areas will be designed to optimise productivity and efficiency, whereas public circulation routes will be more attractive and aesthetically pleasing.

When you are planning your design of these methods of circulation, they do not need to be ugly or hidden away; circulation routes can be a beautiful key architectural feature.

When considering the various circulation routes, you want to make sure the pathway is unobstructed and well illuminated. If the circulation route is a fire escape route, then you also want to ensure that this is the quickest and safest route out of the building. In design practices, the flow of the circulation is one of the first areas considered; the circulation will often inform the rest of the interior proposal.

Don not forget, you must communicate the routes for public and private circulation as well as fire safety and general use circulation clearly within your design.

How do you communicate circulation in a building? Designers often communicate different circulation routes as storyboards, or as a map on a floorplan. You can also highlight the different types of circulation route by exploding the 3D perspective or axonometric of the building and colour coding your routes.

In restaurants, bars and cafes circulation routes are important for both staff and guests. For instance, circulation largely affects the relationship between the kitchen and table service, when planning this type of circulation route you need to consider time and efficiency and consider the best route for avoiding incidents. For guests, you should consider the circulation routes to access the bathrooms, considering access and flow routes which will not getting in the way of staff under pressure or ending up in private area. Circulation routes should be used to keeping minimal interference between front and back of house.

For buildings like museums and galleries, mapping out clear circulation routes can help communicate different zone locations, where to access the various floors and the location facilities like toilets and food. This is extremely important in public buildings of this nature; people will often spend lengthy amounts of time here, so they will want to know where the various break points and facilities are located upon their arrival. This will help to inform the visitor plan how they can progress through the interior during their visit.

WHAT MAKES A SUCCESSFUL WEBSITE DESIGN?

Website design is all about the aesthetics and efficiency. In today’s market, an online presence is an essential part of being competitive. It is not enough to have a website, your website needs to be innovative and never behind the market competition. It is key to remember that with any website design the outcome will contribute to your branding and influence how people will perceive you and your work, which is why it is extremely important to get it right first time.

 

 

Clear

A website must firstly be clear. You want your website to clearly communicate who, what, when, why and how.

 

Colour

Picking out a colour palette for your website is important; this will heavily influence the way people perceive your brand. There are many sites out there, which can help you with selecting colour palettes. Adobe Colour CC is a great way for people new to the industry to experiment with colour and understand which tones, tints, hues and shades have flowing relationships together.

 

Does it work?

It is all good having a pretty website, but unless it can actually do what you designed it for, what is the point of having one. Having a website that does not function fluently can do a lot of damage, affecting how people perceive the service or product you offer. A poorly run website will make users irritated and impatient; if that is the last emotion, they feel when on your website, it is most likely going to be the one that they remember and will associate with your business.  So, before you make a website live, trial run it, send it to family and friends to make sure all the links work and that the website runs quickly.

 

Picture quality

Pixilated images not only look unprofessional and messy but it can make you website look cheap and unfinished. In addition, when you are selling yourself as a brand online, the importance of a professional and finished look is key. An easy way you can check and edit picture quality and resolutions is by using programmes such as Adobe Photoshop.

 

Easy to use

A complicated website will put people off visiting. In this new age where E-Commerce is an extremely popular and growing trend, you want your website to be easy to understand and navigate around.

 

Typeface

When selecting a typeface, it is good to preview the font on the website page before making it live. This is because some thin fonts distort when they are on a website page. A good way to experiment with typefaces is to pick a font, which has a large family. This will mean you can trial variations of your font with the headings and text, playing on how you want people to perceive key information.

Many websites now offer a wider variety of typefaces, which you download or pay for. Do not feel you have to compromise on a font aesthetic. The font you choose for your website will make a big first impression so take the time to explore your options and get it right.

 

Text size

Make sure the font you choose is large enough to read on a website and mobile and tablet.  People should not have to zoom in extensively to a page to read a word.

 

Overcrowded pages

Less is more, try to make sure you balance the text to image ratio. Do not put too much information on one page. Too many pictures and not enough text can make your viewers confused about the content and unsure about what you are trying to communicate, but, too much text and not enough imagery can make your uses feel bored and overwhelmed, not sure where to look and therefore more likely to switch off and not read the content.

 

Layout

Many website designing software packages offer recommended templates. However, these are quite generic and not personalised or tailored to your company. At Astounding Interiors, we ensure we tailor every design aspect we can to the branding of your company.

 

Pages

Think about what is relevant. What do you need to include to successfully communicate what you are trying to offer? In general, a website normally includes a home page, an about page and a contact page. On top of this, you can consider additional pages like a product library, a blog, a portfolio, a competitions page, social hubs page, search bars, jobs, languages, news, and intro to the website page and a gallery etc.

 

Why you should have about us and contact information pages

The about you page is a great way to connect with your audience; it makes you appear more human and less like a computer.  It gives them a way to put a face to the brand and relate to you.

Similarly, the contact information page is a great way to give people viewing your website a chance to connect with you and give feedback/inquire about what your website offers.

 

Importance of a web presence

As previously mentioned, in today’s competitive marketplace, you are either perfect or you are left behind. With traffic shifting towards mobile phone use, one cannot afford to have an online presence without a strong mobile interface.

 

Cater to your user

Different target audiences will have different interests and demands. Where older generations want something clear, simple and easy to read with a large font, the younger generations want something visually engaging and hip. Do your market research and understand what the demands of your target audience are. It is not about what you like; it is about what the target market likes.

 

Communicate information clearly and succinctly

To keep it short, do not ramble. People will switch off and lose interest. Try to keep your information to the point, upbeat and clear.

 

Grid based layouts

There is a wide range of grid-based layouts you can draw inspiration from when planning your page content format. The use of a successful grid-inspired layout can make sure your website instantly more visually engaging. Common principles you may have come across in design is the rule of thirds and the golden ratio. Both these grids are widely used across many areas of art and design.

 

Loading time

A slow website will put people off coming back and visiting again, as they will not want to wait. This in turn will affect your presence on the search engines, and can heavily affect the success of your marketing strategies. An easy way to shorten the website loading time is to compress the size of the files on the webpage.

 

Mobile friendly

With people on their phones so frequently now, having a website that is mobile friendly has never been more important.

 

What is on trend?

Websites, like any other design industry need to be on trend. They require constant research, updates and maintenance. An easy way to get an idea of what is trending is to look at your competitors and other large well-known industry brands, to see what they are doing. Exploring the market will help you understand what everyone else is doing and will also help you to better understand what you need to communicate with your website in order to stay current.

 

 

Remember, it is quality, not quantity.

 

Get to know the trade

Tips of the trade:

Always Have the Correct Dimensions of the Room.

When you have an accurate plan of the space you want you can organise schedules for every phase of your design, avoiding conflicts of installation and misplacements.

A Correctly Spaced Plan is Always a Good Start

A floor plan allows you to be sure that the spaces are suitable for your needs. You’ll know where to position the bars, dance floors, lounge areas, eating areas, standing spaces and WCs. This way it will be space-planned correctly and you will know precisely that the space will flow. This will allow you to be able to see the divisions in harmony with focal points, and it works in tune with the Fixtures, Fittings, Furniture and Equipment.

Selection of Ambience is an Important Decision

What is required for a successful establishment and where it fits into the scheme of things is definitely a ‘must know’ before everything starts. A successful design always has a good distribution of lighting included in many strategic places. Also sound distribution to the right areas and levels is a priority.

Colours are a Delicate Issue

Specifying a colour or pattern is not always the right start. Colours tend to reflect your mood, up or down depending on the individual, and a combination of different colours can be tricky. Astounding Interiors use layers, and tactile materials to lift your spirits, forming talking points for the customers.

Styles and “Looks” Date Quickly

Styles are not only what is in the ambience, it is the structure as well and a very important part of the project is making sure that you achieve a design that is not going to be out of fashion in 6 months. Astounding pride ourselves in not following the crowd and create visually stunning interiors that are timeless but still in vogue.

Confidence in Your Contractors and Tradesmen

The tradesman you choose is the keystone of your project. Knowing that they implement all your design ideas to the exact detail, on time and budget is vitally important. Our tradesman have decades of experience in achieving our goals.