Meredith Clements of Hamford Interiors
What led you to become an interior designer and when did you become an interior designer?
Although I’ve always loved art and design, I never originally wanted to go down that route as a career. When I was a little girl, I wanted to work with animals because I loved them. As I got older, I decided I wanted to pursue a medical career instead, specifically cardiology consultancy. Upon taking my A Levels in Sixthform, a medical career started to appeal less and less to me. I began to think a lot about what I really wanted to do in life--what I’d thoroughly enjoy doing for the rest of my life and realised it was definitely something creative. I left sixthform at the age of 17, and I tried my hand at freelance Interior Design, much to the horror of clients when I’d walk in to their homes to assess a potential job practically still a child! It was a success, despite my age often making clients apprehensive, and I set up a company specialising in residential Interior Design.
What is your favourite aspect of being an interior designer?
I think there are many different aspects to my being an interior designer that make it thoroughly enjoyable, but the best is definitely seeing the job completed and having everything: the colour scheme, the textures, the surfaces coming together in harmony. I love seeing the client happy with the end result, too!
What have you learned most from interior design?
I think what being an interior designer taught me is that, fundamentally, you should always pursue what makes you happy in life. I’m so grateful to be in a career that I thoroughly enjoy. Life is definitely not to be wasted being unhappy overworking yourself in a job you dislike: this I cannot stress enough.
What tips and ideas do you have for others who would like to be an interior designers?
Find your signature style and colour; mine is a mixture of traditional & contemporary. The colours I favour working with are neutrals with soft undertones as anything with a heavy undertone tends to date quickly. You want your designs to be timeless and opulent--not to look outdated after a year!
What is your favourite aspect of interior design?
Definitely the getting to work with different styles of furniture and fabrics: they’re all so stunning and encapsulating! Whether it be fine silks from Italy or a dated leather each has its own beauty.
What is at the heart of your interior design that you want your clients to take home?
I think it’s paramount that your home is a place you can find solace and comfort, the design of a space has a direct impact on our happiness and the way we feel overall so I think it’s extremely important that a home should be a reflection of the people that live in it, and that it should hold a certain presence that’s both beautiful & encapsulating, inciting happiness and joy in all who see it, this is something I always strive to achieve.
Photo 1 and 7 courtesy of Meredith Clements of Hamford Interiors.
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