joinery details

Joinery Inspiration 

When it comes to joinery its the little details which make all the difference....

It’s essential to find out how our clients imagine their dream wardrobes or bookshelves would look and what exactly their requirements are before the design team can start putting their ideas onto paper. Our experienced carpenters then bring these concepts to life, creating stunning one-off pieces that last a lifetime.

After all, nothing finishes off a beautiful home like a well-designed and well- built piece of bespoke joinery.

 Check our our Pinterest board for some inspiration https://uk.pinterest.com/ThomasWestPS/joinery/  

Analyse your space

 

Analyse your space

Looking at the space in your home is the first crucial step that should be taken before any build works, design alterations or any new furniture layouts you may be considering.

In order to understand your space you need to consider your survey or plans, the structure, its qualities and the connection this space has to the rest of the building.

Function – What will be the main function of the space be and how do you intend to spend your time in there? The shape, height, or light in the space may determine the function. Don’t be too concerned about what each space will be named, ie, dining room, children’s playroom, living room etc, once you have chosen the functions for your spaces the names can follow. 

Users – Who will be using this space and why? Consider what age the people using the space are so it can be best adapted to their needs. For instance, you wouldn’t want a young child with sticky fingers to use your best white dining space where you entertain guests! Will there be multiple people in the space, and how often or at what time is it likely to be used?

Mood – How does the space ‘feel’? Even if it is empty you can normally gage an atmosphere or mood, light often plays a big part in this. Check out whether the space has natural light and consider what time of day it is brightest, also look at how it is it artificially lit. You need to decide what type of mood you want to set for the room in order to make it function efficiently. Remember that the mood of the space can be created through decoration; furniture layout, paint colour, lighting and fabrics (to name a few).

Changing the space – The space could be changed architecturally, for instance a wall could be knocked down to allow two rooms to become one or a window or archway could be added. Don’t underestimate how dramatically the use of decoration, and furniture layout can change a space. 

Whatever plans you have in mind for your current or new property this year don’t forget these three points when analysing your space; function, users and mood. 

How does light affect us?

How does light affect us?

We do not draw enough attention to the importance of light in the interior space and how it affects us physiologically. On a daily basis the spaces we inhabit affect our mood considerably. For instance, there is nothing worse then having a romantic meal in a restaurant with harsh, bright, strobe lighting – it just doesn’t set the right tone!

Firstly, it is crucial to understand the importance of having good natural or artificial light in an interior space; the colours we put into the room will only be as good as the light reflecting on them.

Lighting in the interior comes in lots of different forms, to list a few there is, ambient lighting, picture lighting, perimeter lighting, wall lighting, concealed lighting, task lighting, downlighting, and uplighting.

Light can be used as an interesting decorating tool. It can be used to define spaces, to manipulate levels, to highlight artwork, furniture or architecture and to increase the functionality of a space. We can also model and layer with light.

Why don’t you experiment with different lighting sources in your home to see what difference it has to your mood? Or use it as a decorating tool to highlight your favourite artwork, or architectural element.

Painting your home; what to consider

Painting your home; what to consider

Choosing a paint colour from the vast choice available seems complicated enough without deciding on the finish or how to apply the paint. We figure there are several important elements to consider before you start a paint job; the light in the room, choosing the right paint colour and finish, and how the paint should be applied. 

Colour

As individuals we hold different opinions about colours, whether its down to an our history, culture or experiences. The colour choice you decide on may also depend on the location of your home and the culture you live in. A bright yellow kitchen may fit right into hot Spanish kitchen but the same colour if in a dark, rainy and cold winter the UK may not fell right.

The function of a room is also an important feature to consider as colour will make an impact on how you use a space. For instance, a vibrant red in a bedroom could make it hard for you to relax and sleep; the colour red is lively, full of energy, and is associated with anger. Therefore be conscious on how certain colours make you feel before picking a colour which someone else likes or which is currently ‘in trend’.

Light and paint

Light is always an important element to consider when choosing your paint colour, tone and finish. Natural light may enter your room and depending on the time of the day will change the colour of the paint and cast shadows. Similarly, artificial lights can have an impact; do you have strong spot lights, lamps or wall lights?

Finish of the paint

There is a vast choice in the finishes you can choose for your paint, your choice will often depend on what surface you are painting. You can ask expert advice from your decorator or supplier to get the right finish but as an overview matt paint will absorb the light and shiny will reflect it. Also note that the finish will affect the colour of your paint and how it will feel in a room.

Paint effects

There are a variety of paint effects that can be achieved by applying paint in different ways. For instance, the paint could be dabbed on and layered up with a sponge to create a textured look, or a special vanish can be applied to create a crackled or peeling effect.  A faux marble effect could be used or  a decorative wallpaper could be painted on. An experienced decorator will have the skills and knowledge for applying paint in a variety of ways and should be able to give you advice suited to your project.

Paint can be used to create interesting and fun features in an interior space.  Tromp’l’oeil, is one of these techniques (the french word means to deceive the eye). This technique creates an optical illusion and transforms a two dimensions image into three dimensions. Commonly Tromp’l’oeil is used to paint panels on to a flat surface to add grandeur and elegance (it is also a cheaper option!).

If you have any questions or would like some expert advice on decorating your home, please get in contact and one of our experienced decorators would be delighted to help you.

Inspiration for 2016

Inspiration for 2016

Inspiration is an ongoing process in the creative industry, whether its through images, films, architecture, interior design, books or just conversations.

Keeping an eye out for new trends, products and technical advancements is crucial to ensure we are ahead of the game and give our clients the best of whats new (and old!).

Whether its for a new build, strip out, refurbishment or just helping our clients choose the right paint colour.

We have put together a Pinterest board for our top ”Inspiration ideas for 2016”, featuring interesting architecture, interiors we love, and home decor ideas. 

Please see our pinterest board for all our images:  https://uk.pinterest.com/ThomasWestPS/inspiration-for-2016/

100% Design Show

100% Design Show

We headed to 100% Design Show, to check out some new design talent and get inspired for upcoming design and build projects.

This year we saw natural materials trending in furniture design, new, advanced technology for electrical and hi-fi systems, and an array of vibrant colours and geometric patterns.

A few of our favourite finds from the 2015 100% Design show…

Recently completed: Beautiful home for modern living

Recently completed: Beautiful home for modern living

Working closely with the architect’s vision and the clients requirements we were able to deliver this contemporary, airy, space-saving apartment located in Shephard’s Bush.

The team first had to tackle some major structural repairs, which included working on the internal layout and fitting a new roof. Following the main construction works a new bathroom and kitchen was fitted.

Our favourite part of this project was creating the unique, bespoke, space-saving staircase. The craftsmen at Thomas West worked with great attention to detail to refine the design of this staircase and hand make each section. By fine-tuning the design of the staircase extra space was saved for a larger, airy, double height and open plan kitchen and living area. We think it’s transformed this apartment into a beautiful home for modern living.

Our design team: conception to completion

Our design team: conception to completion

Our team of designers are highly experienced when it comes to delivering our clients wishes, which is not always an easy  task!

Alongside the client brief and budget our team guide our clients from start to finish in order to deliver stylish and functional interiors. The process will often start with some informal brainstorming conversations about style, functionally and budgets, an interactive shared mood board is then drawn together which continues to evolve throughout the project to adapt to any changes in plan or incorporate any sudden flashes of inspiration.

The design team will then work closely with our build team to transform those concept ideas into reality, and all within budget.

We have built up an extensive contact list within the industry over the years which means we can offer our clients top quality products at extremely competitive prices.