Home design is not always about trends and styles as each of our homes has different needs and functions.
Style catches up with interior designer Vicki Andrews, who highlights how interior spaces are as unique as those living in them.
Vicki Andrews has worked in the interiors industry for over 25 years; she has several national kitchen design awards, and is known as one of Christchurch’s leading kitchen designers.
Over the years Vicki has seen fads flourish and fad. “I don’t follow trends as such, in fact I have seen many of these come and go over the years. I prefer to work with my clients to understand what it is they need and what suits the design of their home, the way they live and like to work, as well as their budget.”
Speaking with Vicki it is easy to see there is no one-size-fits-all layout that works – even the kitchen triangle might not be the perfect answer for all. “Gone are the days where there was just a sink, oven and fridge to make up the triangle of work space. Now there are so many more appliances. Cooking and preparation can be much more sophisticated, or simple; I prefer to work in zones in the kitchen,” says Vicki.
Vicki works with all other areas of the home, too. Her designs are practical, stylish and have stood the test of time. “I spend a lot of time with my clients and get an understanding of how they want to use a space, from there I design to suit. That may involve moving walls, creating windows and light, as well as incorporating all joinery aspects. I work in with other consultants, architects, interior and lighting designers and builders.”
Vicki’s top kitchen design tips:
1. Know the space you want to change. For example, if incorporating a scullery, do you want to use this area for storage and hiding mess away from dinner guests, or is this an area you would want to prepare meals in? It’s important to ensure you are not just following the fashion trends of having a scullery.
2. Do your research. Check a designer’s website before commissioning any work.Does their style suit yours?
3. Meet the designer. You need to be able to communicate well and feel comfortable with her/him. Your designer needs to be someone who will listen to your needs, and take into consideration all the factors of design that make a kitchen or bathroom work within the individual space.
4. Always allow a realistic budget. Have a good look around at appliances, and work with an independent designer who will give you the best advice for you, not necessarily for the business she or he works for.
5.Enjoy the process! The end results will speak for themselves.