Need design inspiration for your apartment’s interior?
Then you seriously need to consider working with an interior designer.
Our team of interior designers can help you plan, design and coordinate the renovation of your apartment’s interiors and personalise it to your taste.
They can also help style your home so it is more functional and ensure it matches your lifestyle.
Revamping your interiors is also a practical option for apartments, where structural works are either too expensive or simply not possible. It is also a cost-effective alternative to more involved structural works, like a kitchen or bathroom renovation.
But first, let’s clarify what an interior designer does…there is some confusion to what they actually do.
What exactly does an interior designer do?
Interior designers do so much more than make your apartment look pretty. Depending on the project and agreement they have with you, an interior designer could be responsible for any or all of the following:
- Meeting with builders and architects and/or builders to discuss your project
- Developing designs for your project according to a brief agreed with you
- Creating plans, working on drawings or 3D visuals of your project
- Researching materials, finishes, lighting, and soft furnishings
- Helping to select materials for your project
- Inspecting and supervising the work of tradespeople to ensure workmanship is up to standard
- Ensuring project budgets and deadlines are met
What to expect when working with an Interior Designer
Like any professional, it is good to know what to expect when it comes time to work with an interior designer. Here is an idea of what to expect from the relationship:
- The first step is a meet and greet where you get to establish a relationship with them and identify what design elements you like – and don’t like.
- It is important they know your taste so you need to be honest and open with them otherwise, you could waste time in the design phase of the project.
- They will then do a walkthrough of your apartment and talk through your project.
- They will also use paint and fabric swatches, and catalogues to get an idea of what you like.
- From this, they will create plans, sketches or 3D visuals of your project, which you provide feedback on and then approve.
- An interior designer will then help you select everything from paint colours to fabrics, window treatments, furniture, accessories and much more. They could even have exclusive access to trade items and be able to get you a discount.
- They will then liaise with our team of tradespeople to ensure everything is installed and carried out to the project brief.
It’s important to keep an open mind when working with an interior designer. You may not like all their ideas or choices, but when the whole project comes together you will appreciate the vision.
Modern apartment interior design trends
The interior design of your apartment is personal – so you should always select materials and colours that you like rather than follow trends.
But it is good to know what is happening out there, and you are then free to cherry pick what elements suit your apartment and style.
Apartment Interior Design: Kitchen Trends – Think Function, Design, & Clever Storage
In the kitchen, interior design trends are changing and moving away from all white, gloss kitchen cabinetry.
Today matte finishes replace the gloss, and warmer, natural tones – like grey, olive, and green – are replacing the more neutral palettes.
Apartments, where kitchens tend to be smaller, are hiding appliances like the fridge and dishwasher, behind cabinetry. This makes the space look less cluttered, and also makes it easier to clean up.
For kitchen benchtops, there is also a trend away from neutrals to more textured and industrials surfaces. Here market leader Caesarstone’s Metropolitan collection is a good example, incorporating ‘textural effects, aged patinas, and oxidized accents’ – for a distinctly earthy, industrial feel.
Taste in kitchen splashbacks is also changing, with tiles – especially subway tiles – making a comeback behind the cooker. People are also running the benchtop surface – often a quartz stone – up the wall, for a seamless look.
In terms of kitchen design, the trend is to layouts that make accessing food, cooking and cleaning up afterward easier.
Ergonomic and easy to reach locations for your dishwasher, microwave and any other appliances you use regularly – are a must.
Kitchen designers are also maximising storage by making sure every inch of space is utilised, by taking your cabinets to the top of the ceiling to help maximise storage space, or by installing a larger bulkhead where the existing room cornice can wrap around seamlessly.
Apartment Interior Design: Bathroom Trends – Think Comfort, Easy Cleaning, & Style
Your bathroom is a retreat from the world, where you go recharge – so it needs to be a comfortable, stylish and practical.
The current trend is to incorporate natural materials like timber into the bathroom. Terrazzo – a mixture of cement, marble and pigments – as well as marble is also popular for vanity surfaces and walls. Like quartz, it is very durable and easy to clean.
Colour palettes are also nature-themed, with forest greens and light greys popular.
When it comes to fixtures and fittings dark polished black or navy add visual contrast, interest and look very stylish against plain white or neutral tiles.
For basins, the double trough is here to stay, while a freestanding bathtub is also a must have – though this may not always practical in an apartment bathroom.
Mirrors in the bathroom are another trend that never seems to go away. For smaller apartment bathrooms this is a must as they can help reflect light and make the room seem much bigger.
Lighting is also important in a bathroom, and here the trend is for energy efficient LED that covers all your general and task lighting needs.