Cameron Woo On Designing The Ideal Reading RoomIllustrate the essence of the experience you would like..

7 Apr 2017 by | | with No Comments

7Apr 2017


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A frequent request I receive from lady clients is for me to design a special, private place for them in their home to retreat to, such as this Reading Room I have designed above. In this room, my client wanted to read and relax, listen to music in solitude, or spend quality time with someone in private enjoying tea or drinks.


To help your Interior Designer understand what you want for your ladies’ retreat, gather as many images from both online and print sources. Some good places to start are Houzz, Pinterest, Elle Décor, Architectural Digest, Trends, Tatler Home, and Design Anthology to create an Ideas Book that you can share with your Interior Designer as part of your design brief.


Your Ideas Book should contain examples of what you like in terms of Fixed Décor (elements in a space that are fixed such as the architecture, cabinetry, walls, ceilings and floors) and Loose Décor (elements in a space that are moveable, such as loose furniture, soft furnishings, window treatments, artworks and accessories; and applied, such as wallpaper) including any technology and/or equipment to be installed in the space. Ultimately, you need to illustrate the essence of the experience you would like your Interior Designer to create for you.


Share your brief with your Interior Designer. Your Interior Designer will respond with the initial Design Concept. This is an interpretation of your Brief translated into your space, showing a space plan with sketches and impressions, mood images, materials and finishes to convey the experience to be realised.


By Cameron Woo
Cameron Woo is the founder of Cameron Woo Design. He appeared as a Guest Mentor & Judge on The Apartment: Rising Stars Edition.
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