I’m currently working on Hotel bedrooms, and although this sounds good, it a little frustrating as budgets are very tight and trying to push the boundaries and create a different feel to the normal hotel bedroom is proving more difficult than I thought! ie not being able to use a funky fabric on the chairs as it will probably date as the refurbs don’t happen that often. Someone please find me a hotel group that want something that’s not the norm and have a decent budget! I know a lot to ask!


Anyway, take a look at these pictures, they are from the Firmdale group of hotels and one of my favourites. I love the way everything is mixed up but still comes together as a scheme. Just because you have a desk in a certain style it doesn’t mean you have to have matching side tables and that goes for the fabrics too. Another way is to go darker on the walls, people are always a little afraid to do this but trust me, by the time you have added pictures and lamps the darker tones really work. Go on try it it’s only paint! 



And mixing colours also is a great way to get that individual look and this can be done without spending lot of money.


Right back to designing this hotel bedroom!

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Mixed up interiors

Iv’e been working on designs for a cafe/bar concept. I really wanted to mix up the scheme and make the dining experience a more comfortable one, I think that when you feel comfortable in a eatery you are more likely to spend more time in the venue and spend more money!.

To create this interior in my opinion its about zoning the areas and creating moods with wall coverings and paint colours, I have been in so many cafe, restaurants and bars where the space has just been filled with chairs and tables and no thought has gone into the ambiance of the place, which is a real shame as this is key to making the business successful especially in these economic times. Design is so important and often this is not considered when starting this type of venture, I believe it’s more important now than it has ever been. People aren’t spending as much money so when they do go out, they want the experience to be the best it can be. This doesn’t mean you have to spend oodles of money, it may just be an initial couple of days for a designer to look at the overall concept and point you in the right direction, or a designer can also be very useful as they will have a great supplier base and you could buy through the designer and get the expertise with it.

Take a look at my mood boards, I love mixing colours and just because you choose one bright colour this doesn’t mean you have to stick with the one colour throughout the scheme, mixing colours creates a much more interesting and eclectic look.

interior design bristol for cafe, bar

Plan showing zoning the areas


I think the above rules also can be used when designing residential projects, take a look at the below picture. The great thing about these interiors is that it’s very evident that the owner has collected pieces over time and mixed them in so well with the interior, this gives the room an instant personality and looks totally lived in, love it!

eclectic living

Living room – James Lumsden


Texture in Interiors!

I thought I would start me first blog with textured wallpaper. All of my schemes for a few years now have featured this type of wall covering. For me it’s a great way of adding texture into a scheme but not only that, it gives walls an extra dimension and can really finish off a room. While bold wallpaper prints have been popular, sometimes a more subtle approach is called for. There are many on the market to choose from, grasspaper, silk, linen and there are now some great vinyl papers which are easier to fit and washable! Try the Elitis range from Abbott & Boyd.

Take a look at some picture to see how it can be done.

Silk wallpaper

Textured wallpaper

This is one of mine, we added a silk wallpaper behind the chest of drawers it blends with the paint colour but instantly lifts the furniture as a great backdrop. If you want to add colour or go darker in your scheme adding textured wallpaper is a great way to start. If the correct covering is picked it bounces off light which allows you the risk to go bolder, take a look at this as it’s a great example.

Bold and brave

And if you have an interesting collection of art or framed prints, take a look at this picture as it really works. If you prefer neutral schemes you can still add interest without going to dark!

Neutral textured wall with art

So go on get a bit of texture into your life!