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What is Interior Design? Interior design is the enhancement, improvement and redesign of the interior of a property or specific room to achieve a style and an aesthetically pleasing environment whilst making it functional for the people using it. Juby Design by Kirstie is an award-winning interior designer in Bristol. Interior designer near me yes we are based just outside Bristol in South Gloucestershire.

What is an Interior Designer?

An interior designer is someone who creates, plans, researches, coordinates, and manages the redesign and redecoration of a room or property. Interior design is a profession that includes research, conceptual development and creation, planning of the space and its use, site inspections and assessments, regular and ongoing communication with the stakeholders of the project, construction management, and execution of the agreed design.

A good interior designer will meet with you to review the rooms you are looking to change to discuss your requirements, ideas, likes, dislikes and possible themes and they will then come back with their ideas and mood boards until a design and theme are agreed by you.

Why would you have an Interior Designer?

You may use an interior designer if you have decided to redecorate a room in your home and you don’t have the inspiration or design skills to give it the look and feel you are looking for.

You may use an interior designer if you are redecorating or converting a whole property and you want a theme or style throughout, or again if you don’t feel you have the design skills.

You may need an interior designer if it is a big project which you don’t have the time to focus on and manage through. An interior designer will project manage it through from start to completion including, managing the decoration, purchasing the materials and furniture and dressing the rooms if that is the service you need and agree on.

What does an Interior Designer do?

Interior designers make interior spaces functional and beautiful. They will make recommendations for selecting furniture styles, colour schemes, wallpaper, lighting, pictures, paintings and window coverings, such as curtains or blinds. They will assess your space requirements, how you use the room and how you want to use it when the project is complete. They read blueprints and will be aware of building codes and inspection regulations, as well as universal accessibility building and safety standards.

What qualifications do you need to be an Interior Designer?

An Interior Designer should have a minimum of an HND, foundation degree or degree in Interior Design.

The Steps to become an Interior Designer would normally be:

  • Earn an HND, foundation degree or degree in Interior Design
  • Pass the National Council for Interior Design qualification exam
  • Build a portfolio of projects which enables you to demonstrate your skills your design flair to your customers
  • Ongoing Interior Design Training and self-taught training to keep up to date with changes in the industry, trends and designs

How much does an Interior Designer cost?

Best interior designer Bristol UKThe cost of hiring an interior designer varies a lot and will be based on the amount of work and input needed from them, as well as the size of the project. Some Interior Designers will charge by the hour and some for the whole project. You should always ask for a quote before signing a contract with them to understand how their charges are broken down. We would advise you to ask for a fixed quote for the whole project to ensure their costs don’t spiral out of control, although some interior designers will only charge by the hour.

If they only charge by the hour always ask for a weekly invoice detailing the hours they have worked on your project and what they have done within these hours. You will pay for their time in addition to the cost of furniture, accessories, artwork and any decorating materials, so again we advise that any materials or items are broken down on their invoice.

Interior Design Styles

A great starting point for an interior design project is for you to learn about styles and how they differ from one another. This helps you when you are describing the style you are looking for or vice versa when you meet your interior designer.

  • Contemporary
  • Modern
  • Minimalist
  • Industrial
  • Mid-Century Modern
  • Scandinavian
  • Traditional
  • Transitional

There are also many furniture styles and these can be mixed and matched with your overall interior design style.

  • Contemporary
  • Retro
  • Modern
  • Art Deco
  • Rustic
  • Antique
  • Traditional
  • Vintage

Interior Design Mood Boards

A mood or inspiration board is a collage of ideas that are used by interior designers to help you see the look, feel and style they are aiming for. A mood board will group together colours, fabric swatches and materials to avoid any misunderstandings that can result from trying to verbally describe a design concept. It enables you to see the colour and material combinations to help you see how they will visually work together.

Every designer has struggled with communicating their ideas to a customer at some point in their career, therefore, mood boards are very important to them. A mood board is a great way of presenting their initial ideas of colours and materials to get their customers feedback and input, which enables them to change or amend their ideas to get a final agreement on the project design. It also ensures their customers feel part of the project and their ideas and input are being listened to.

Interior design mood boards are also a great way of gaining insight into the thought process behind a designer’s decisions. It also removes the idea that designers choose everything on a whim. A good interior designer will bring a couple of mood boards with them with different designs and colours for their customer to look and feedback on.

A mood board will showcase a collection of fabric swatches, paint samples, and even inspirational pictures and they should show the customer what their end project will look like, enabling them to request changes and talk about their design ideas using a visual aid.

Interior Design Colours

Colour, like lighting, will make or break a space or room and choosing the right colours is such an important part of interior design.

Colour is divided into two categories: warm and cool tones. Warm tones are the reds, oranges and yellows and if used correctly can energize a space. Cool tones are the blues, greens and purples generally create quiet and more relaxing atmospheres.

When choosing wall and flooring colours always remember what the room is going to be used for. If you want to keep the vibe of the room and the people using it energised then warm tones may be something to consider. If you are looking for the room to feel relaxed and calm then you should consider cooler tones. Use colour to help you achieve an aesthetically pleasing look whilst making it easy for the people using it to feel what you need them to.

Our reactions to various colours are built into our genes and an experienced and good interior designer will know what colours will completely alter an experience of a room, use it in their designs and be able to talk to you about why they have chosen the colours that they have.

There are more than 10 million identifiable colours in the world and a computer screen displays around 17 million of them to create a full-scale image.

Interior Design Lightning

Lighting is very important in a room and getting it right will really give the room an ambience and feeling. Getting it wrong will change the look and feel of the room in an instance so lighting is a key part to interior design.

Lighting includes the use of artificial light; lamps and light fixtures as well as the natural daylight from windows and doors. Lighting is also a vital component for outside landscape projects.

Interior designers work with colour selections, room size, availability of natural light, lighting and furniture selection and these elements are all important and come together when lighting is right. Lighting will transform a room into a seamless combination of functionality and style.

Always remember that lighting in a home or room will change the mood and when right the perceived size of it.

One major role of lighting in the interior setting is functionality. Lighting needs to serve a purpose as well as looking aesthetically pleasing. Chandeliers are not only used in large, open hallways, entryways and rooms because of their centrally themed placement but also because they provide excellent light for the room.

The use of lighting should complement the colours and furniture in a room, always remember darker colours will make a room feel smaller whilst lighter colours and good lighting will expand the feel of a room. The illusion of space is defined by light reflecting off the walls and some lighting is better at this than others. Directional lighting can soften the wall colours so this may be something to think about. Recessed, downward glow lighting illuminates the floor and not the walls and lights hung from the centre of a room or wall lighting will provide ambient illumination. A good interior designer will talk to you in depth about lighting and will know the importance of getting it right.

Hints and tips when looking for an Interior Designer

It’s a good idea to meet with a few Interior Designers as you will always get a good feel for the one that will suit your project, needs and style.

An Interior Designer should always ask for your input and offer you different styles and colour schemes for you to choose from. If you like some aspects of what they present you but not others talk to them about it and what ideas they have that will change it to give you what you are looking for.

A good Interior Designer will do a thorough meeting with you to understand your needs and what you are looking for and meet with you several times until you have agreed on the final design to ensure you are happy with their proposal. Don’t be afraid to say if it isn’t what you are looking for as a good designer should be able to take what you have said and adapt it to give you the end look you are aspiring for.

Always remember a qualified and experienced Interior Designer will have customer testimonials and some will offer for you to go and see some of the projects they have worked on or for you to see photos of them from start to finish, so you get a good idea of their variation of completed work.

The History of Juby Interior Design

Kirstie first started in the design world over 25 years ago. Her experience has included working within a team for a large organisation which she then progressed onto managing a team of 5 designers for 22 years. Working for a large organisation she had the good fortune of working on amazing properties in the Bristol area and beyond, from celebrities to royal households and many more. Her most fulfilling projects have been seeing families falling back in love with their homes or rooms, changing just a property into a bespoke, beautiful and individual home or changing a business property into one that employees can’t wait to go to and love working in.

Kirstie started Juby Design after working for over 20 years in a large organisation which she loved, however, she started to face restrictions on purely profit based margins and she felt this then hampered her creative ability. She wanted to be able to be free to create designs and source products for her customers that would enhance and change their room or property that she was being asked to work on. Her passion for interior design and the freedom it needed resulted in her starting Juby Design who create beautiful designs to suit all pockets and budgets.

Why should you use an Interior Designer?

  1. You are more likely to meet your budget and achieve the result you are looking for
  2. You are less likely to make expensive mistakes with colours and accessories
  3. You will have an expert working with you, someone who will make sure the end result is exactly what you were hoping for
  4. You will save time, headaches, and money in the long run

Juby Interior Design will:

  • Help you find and enhance your style. We have the knowledge and expertise to help you pinpoint your style and needs. Our suggestions and designs will create a home or space that reflects who you are. There is a myriad of design choices and our advice will always guide you to what will work best for you.
  • Every design project, small or large presents challenges and we will help you with these and any indecisions you may have. We have the expertise to come up with designs and solutions that work for you, solving any problems as they arise.
  • We prevent costly mistakes. There are so many choices out there and it is difficult to know which colour, paint, wallpaper, window dressing is best for you and your room to create the style and look you want. We have the design expertise and experience and will guide you to make the right choices.
  • We will simplify your life and will always make the most of what you have and your budget by doing the timely research to find what you need. We will do the groundwork for you, and when your project is done your home or business will be beautiful and functional.
  • We make sure the job gets done. As designers, we work with some of the very best painters, decorators, installers and contractors. During a project, we will make sure everything is completed and all the agreed design details have been taken care of and on time.
  • We will give you access to resources that are unavailable to you. There is a world of furnishings, fabrics, accessories that are “trade only” and working with us as your interior designers give you access to these.

Juby Interior Design Services Bristol

We are experts in our field and know everything you need to know about interiors, curtains, flooring, lighting, paint, wallpaper and contractors. We will give you an exceptional and bespoke service to help, advise and guide you through your interior design project.

Interior Design in Bristol Step One:

When you first contact Juby Design we will ask you a lot of questions to help us initially understand what you are trying and want to achieve in your room or property.

We will ask:

  • The location of your property
  • If the property is a new build or is it being redeveloped
  • When your property will be accessible
  • How many rooms you are looking to redesign
  • Are we starting from scratch or do you have family heirlooms or furniture that you are keeping?
  • How you would best describe your style
  • Who will be using your home or room
  • What will the room be used for?
  • What colours do you like?
  • What colours do you really dislike?
  • Do you have pets
  • What is your budget

Interior Design in Bristol Step Two:

We will arrange a site visit to meet with you and discuss what you are looking for. We will take photographs, take copies of floor plans for new properties and take rough measurements to assist in pricing and designing.

We will discuss step one in a lot of detail so we can really get a feel for what you are looking to achieve. This is a detailed design brief and taking the time at this point ensures the designs we create for you match what you are looking for.

We will discuss your budget to ensure our designs can meet your expectations and you understand our costs and services.

We will give you a copy of my Service Level Agreement (SLA). This includes how the supply, make and fit process works, and our payment process. The meeting enables you to ask any questions you may have and that everything is clear, open and above board.

Interior Design in Bristol Step Three:

This is where we go away and start your designs which includes; colour themes, flooring, lighting, fabrics, paints, wallpapers and furnishings.

When all the samples for your designs have arrived, we will arrange a second meeting to show you our proposed designs, using samples and mood boards so you can visually see our design concepts.

We will discuss the designs in their entirety and will make changes from the discussions we have had. When you are happy with your design we then engage with our trade team to go to the next stage.

Interior Design in Bristol Step Four:

Our carefully selected team of trade professionals will arrange to measure, make, fit, and deliver what is required to complete your design.  We will be with them for some of the site visits to ensure your agreed design specification and time plan is met.

Interior Design in Bristol Step Five:

The trades come to your property to fulfil our requests. We will arrange this with them and you to make sure the times are suitable for you.

Interior Design in Bristol Step Six:

All work at this stage will have been completed. We do a final visit to your new beautifully designed home or business to ensure we are both happy with the result.

If you have any further questions, or you would like to make a design visit appointment for your home or business improvements anywhere in Bristol then please get in touch on 0117 370 6427 or you can visit us at

We are happy to create designs and work with you on any size project including single rooms if that is what you are looking for. Take your first step in making your home or business beautiful and usable by giving us a call today and instructing the services of the best interior designer in Bristol.

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