Most of the time I feel confident tackling home design projects. The task of choosing paint, scouring stores for the perfect accessories and pulling a look together is something I really enjoy. But sometimes, in certain rooms, it can feel a little overwhelming. Our dining room is the perfect example of this. Currently full of cracks on the walls, dirty paint, lacking in natural light and acting as a storage spot for more bikes than there are people in our home, it needs a serious overhaul to make it feel loved again.
Thankfully there was a solution to my problem. Late last year I heard about the new offering from the popular paint folks at Dulux - the Amazing Space interior design service. I went along to the launch event where the team talked me through creating my own project, ready for a consultation. The process is so simple and is a case of working through a few pages of design preferences and room details. There are different room images which you can tick to say if you like them or not, and why. There's also the option to upload photos of your space along with a floor plan, so that the designer can clearly see the space they are working with.
While previously I may have wanted to hire an interior designer, I was always put off by thinking I'd need a bigger budget to make it happen. Usually our renovations and redecorating has to be done a little at a time, and on somewhat of a shoestring budget. The Amazing Space service costs £75, which for a room I was really struggling with feels more manageable. Plus, along with the video chat it also includes an interactive shopping list to work from, a personalised style guide and a 3D render of the redesigned room (see mine below).
Once you've worked through the initial brief stage, you then book a slot for a video consultation with the assigned designer. I was booked in with Gemma, and only had to wait a couple of days for my consultation. The chat works via Adobe Connect, and an email prior to the event clearly explained what I'd need to do to ensure this worked on the day. I was happy to see my Macbook had everything I needed, so I set myself up on my sofa ready for our chat.
The screen to the left was where Gemma talked me through her plans for the dining room. With each aspect (wall colour, lighting, furniture, accessories etc) Gemma asked my thoughts on what she picked, as this all could then feed into my final project plan. Once I'd got over my initial 'oh golly I look pale and ill on video camera' I really enjoyed our chat, and was so happy to see the plans Gemma had drawn up were really in line with my style. The beauty of this service was that it took everything into account. Where previously I've been more than happy to pick wall colours for a space, the 'pulling together' of the whole look and feel of the room has proved trickier. So having someone else source lovely accessories and lighting was brilliant.
As you can see, Gemma suggested quite a bold look for our dining room. Using three shades of Dulux paint - Sapphire Salute, Highland Falls 4 and Polished Pebble. I was amazed at the mix of the colours and how well they work together. While I had already been contemplating a similar shade of soft green, I would never have been brave enough to team it with grey and a navy. But in the render below, the room looks beautiful. Especially teamed with the different accessories, textiles and lighting that Gemma suggested.
As yet, I haven't quite decided whether or not to go with the Dulux advice I was given. I do love the scheme, and can see how well it all goes together to create a calm and welcoming space. But, I think I'm still a little too in love with pale grey and can't quite let that go yet. So unchanged the dining room remains. But I'm so glad to have had a good dose of inspiration to encourage me to make the most of the room, whatever changes we decide to make.
What do you think of the scheme? How would you decorate my dining room? I'm always open to more ideas! Let me know in the comments below.
All screenshots taken via the Dulux Amazing Space website
I was gifted a complimentary interior design consultation with Dulux for the purposes of this review, but the words and opinions about the service are all my own.