Once all the frivolity of the festive season has died down, if you are anything like me, you will be sitting there thinking of all the New Years resolutions you will be making, and most likely breaking!
If you have a busy life, as most of us do these days, then generally Christmas time is the only time of year we may be at home, allegedly relaxing! Historically, it as this point we start to make plans for the year ahead, whether it is holidays or home improvements.
If you have a home improvement project planned for 2012, then it is never too early to start contemplating the types of furniture and finishes you intend to incorporate. As an Interior Designer, I see the same mistakes made time and time again, where Clients have not planned early enough in advance.
When designing a lighting scheme, it is vital that you know what you will be lighting and where it will be positioned. For instance, in a Dining Room, usually one would position the decorative and task lighting directly over the dining table, then the decorative and mood lighting positioned accordingly. If little thought goes in to this aspect early on, the electrician will automatically position the lighting cable at first fix stage, in the centre of the ceiling. The table may not require a central position once the storage and other furniture are included, so floor layouts play a huge part in design, even at first fix electrical stage.
We encounter this kind of oversight on a daily basis at Controliss blinds. Our 240v remote control blinds require a switched fuse spur to be installed remotely, from the window. The feed from the spur then runs up to the top of the window reveal, for connection to the roller blind motor on installation. The introduction of this fuse spur and feed should be done pre-plaster stage to avoid consequential damage by having to install retrospectively.
If you have the facility within your project, it is well worth considering how you can conceal the roller tube and brackets. Many of our customers, particularly Architects and Designers will make provision to recess the blind tubes within the ceiling recess, or within a stud wall cavity.
If you are fitting our 240V electric blinds at a later stage in your project, we are able to offer a very stylish concealed headrail system, called a Contour Cassette system. This system houses the roller blind, and conceals the fixings within, so the result is streamlined and sophisticated, the epitome of design finesse!
Our customer service team are always available to offer advice on fabric choices and methods of integration.
So if you are currently sitting back, full to the brim with turkey, contemplating your interior projects for 2012, spare a thought for not simply what you wish to achieve, but how!