Interior Design Before and After

15 Sep 2015

I love looking at before and after pictures. I graze Pinterest, DIY sites and Instagram for inspiration from incredibly creative and talented people- not just Creatives who are upcyling a plethora of unambiguous objects into marvellous creations., but also from Architects and fellow Designers transforming mundane spaces into something incredible.

At Thomas Haycock Interior Design we love a great Before and After shot. It's great to see just an image of the finished spaces, but to see the real transformation from a Before shot gives a real sense of joy and satisfaction whatever the budget.

On the surface, the Before and After shot may look like the space has been given a lick of paint, some gorgeous curtains and cushions to add the all important final touch, but these are just the final touches - the tip of the iceberg! Beneath this tip is an in depth design process that takes you from concept, detailed design, lighting design, technical drawings, building specifications, specialists and building contractors on site to the finished scheme - and the 'After' shot. The results always put smiles on our faces - hope you enjoy these Thomas Haycock creations…...  

Before- Entrance Hall

After - Entrance Hall


Before - Master Bedroom 

After- Master Bedroom


Before- Master Ensuite

After - Master Ensuite


Before - Home Cinema

After - Home Cinema

Before - Dining Room

After - Dining Room





Andie Haycock

Top tips for Designing Long Corridors

15 Oct 2014

There are always tricky spaces in Interior Design, one of which is the long corridor. Whether it is in a home or an hotel, getting it right is key as it forms the crucial transitional space from one area to another - it needs to be designed as a 'room' in it's own right. The key is to create focal points to draw the eye away from the length of the space. To help get it right, follow these tips:

1) Create a feature at the end of the corridor - this gives a focal point, something to aim for that draws the eye forward 

2) Play with scale and perspective - e.g. Paint wide vertical stripes to offset the expanse of long horizontal lines found in a corridor or try something completely different like this fabulous light installation - you can also achieve this with coloured tape or paint in a lighter space 

3) Break up the expanse of wall with evenly placed artwork (to give a rhythm to the space, giving the feeling of progression) alternatively, pepper the walls with artwork (but ensure you keep the frames identical, or the artwork similar - e.g. all black and white)

4) Create a feature of the floor by washing with lighting - this can create a stunning effect

5) Hang numerous statement pendant lights to create a feature of the ceiling - either hang in a simple line or randomly place at different heights

Andie Haycock

September Interior Design Shows

29 Sep 2014

Wow what a fun September! -  the best time of year for Interior Designers to get out and visit all the fabulous Design Shows all over London. It's a great way to catch up with suppliers, friends and see the all the new trends in the interior world, so much to see, so much to do…... 

We certainly made the most of it, checking out all the new products from established suppliers at Decorex  and 100% Design as well as seeking out some exciting new suppliers at the slightly quirkier Design Junction. Here are a few of our favourite picks from the shows:


Stunning textural crochet pendants that come in a variety of shapes and colours by Naomi Paul

Gorgeous Deco wall light by Copper & Silk, elegant, stylish and beautiful!


Bright and colourful formaica covered furniture by Surface Designer Lucy Turner

The unusual detailing makes this sideboard really stand out from the crowd! By Coucou Manou


Vibrant colourful cushions by Claire Gourdion, add a real punch to any room

These beautiful tiles by Story Tiles would look lovely individually or as part of a display

Finally, there were so many fabulous new fabrics on show - these palm prints are divine

Andie Haycock

Colour Trends for Spring/Summer 2014

27 Mar 2014

Does Interior Design follow fashion or Fashion follow Interior Design? How do the colours we see floating down the catwalk find themselves into our interiors almost instantaneously? Who decides what colours will be trending, and how do fashion houses, product designers fabric houses and interior accessories companies manage to have similar colour palettes at the same time - do they call each other up and say "Hey, next season lets do pink"?

So many questions, but the reality is that colour forecasting is big business and starts 2 years in advance, taking into consideration global economies and events, political moods around the world and much more. A panel of colour experts from leading International paint, textile and colour companies meet twice a year to predict and agree on colour trends. The decisions made influence the way we live, the clothes we wear, the colour products we buy and (most importantly for us at Thomas Haycock) Interior Design.

So what do colour forecasters have in store for us for Spring/Summer 2014? 

One key look is soft pastels - with an abundance of pale minty greens and chalky pinks mixed with blues, yellows, greys and off white. This colour direction is quite feminine, with a nostalgic look at the 1920's

To use these soft pastel colours successfully in an interior and keep the look current and contemporary, team with a darker colour and use sleek simple shaped furniture and accessories. The dark colours play an important role in grounding the scheme and bringing it all together, especially if used in a living room.

This living room scheme uses some of the key colours of Spring 2014.

Sourcing: (1) Minty table lamp online at Graham & Green; (2) Wall colour Dulux Grey Steel 2; (3) Tin Tile Wallpaper at Abigail Ahern; (4) Designers Guild Savine Fabric in Graphite; (5) Floor Lamp online at Graham & Green; (6) Footstool online at Claire Anne O'Brien; (7) Spring 2014 key colours; (8) Sisal fFlooring by Alternative Flooring; (9) Print and Cushion by Ferm Living available online; (10) The Margot Sofa by in Rose House Viscose Linen.

If you like to stay on trend but can't stretch the budget to buying all new furniture etc. a great cost effective way is to paint neutral colour walls and accessorise with cushions, throws, rugs, lampshades etc in the latest colour trend, or up cycle tired old furniture by painting in one of the key colours.

Thomas Haycock Interior Design

Transform you home with Curtains, Carpet and Paint colours

03 Feb 2014

We have recently moved into a new house where we need to change everything to make it into our home. It's an exciting new project and will take time to get it exactly how we want, to express the way we live and work as a family. Although we are going to have to wait a while before we can do any structural alterations, we can start on the simpler things that will make a real difference - things like Curtains, Carpet and Paint colours.

It can be daunting, not knowing where to start, not knowing exactly what you want to achieve in a room, what colours you want, what fabric to choose, what style of carpet……....but fear not, here are some tips to get started on transforming your new home (or even one you have been in for a while)

A light lofty relaxed feel is created in this Designers Guild interior

1) Take a step back. Think of all the places you have been, what makes you happy, is it a smell, a holiday picture, a piece of art, pictures from magazines (not necessarily interiors related). Collate a pile of images and words of all these bits and bobs and look to see if there is an underlying theme - a colour perhaps?

2) Think about the mood and overall feel you are trying to achieve (which you may also glean from the images bits and bobs) - do you want calming and relaxing (blues and greens) stimulating (bright and bold colours) glamorous (metallic greys, darks etc) ? This can also help with fabric choices (e.g. silk is glamorous, Linen is more relaxed etc)

3) Collect samples of fabrics you like, put them with paint colours you like to make sure the scheme will work as a whole - whittle down to a final selection and you should have a comprehensive scheme.

If this still all seems too daunting still - we are of course here to help

One of the services we provide is curtain making. If you are struggling with knowing what fabrics and style of curtain would work in your home, we give expert advice and provide you with fabric samples to look at in the comfort of your home. If you have odd shaped windows, small windows that need to look larger or even windows that look out onto an unsightly view, we use our professional experience and knowledge to design the best window treatment that will be in keeping with the desired style of the room. The fabric samples we supply are carefully selected following in depth discussions with you - we don't overwhelm you with books and books of fabric to make it even more daunting!

This Interior has a warm, relaxed vibe

Thomas Haycock Interior Design

Victorian Interior Design

26 Jan 2014

What a way to spend an afternoon, having a tour around a truly remarkable Victorian B&B in the heart of Tunbridge Wells, being taught how to fold napkins by an ex Butler, and having afternoon tea with the most delicious cakes to finish off!

There is of course nothing out of the ordinary having a Victorian B&B in Tunbridge Wells, but 'The Victorian Bed and Breakfast' run by Mr Harold Brown (an ex Butler) has taken the authenticity of Victoriana to a completely different level. Sheer passion and patience to find the right pieces to furnish and accessorise the interior has resulted in a truly unique historical stay. 

As soon as you walk through the entrance door you know you are in for a treat with a complete explosion to the senses. I could have spent an hour in the hallway alone. It was dark, with limited lighting, as it would have been back in the day. The chandelier was exquisite. A roaring fire warmed the hallway, fresh orange peel sitting by the fire to give off a delicate perfume. 

The Victorians were masters of trompe d'oeil and Harold has used some of their techniques to incredible effect in the hallway. Rag rolled walls with hand painted grout lines give the effect of large brickwork. Wallpaper painted with chevron parquet covers the ceiling. It looks hand made, exactly as it would have in the 19th Century. It honestly feels like a step back into the past. 

The Drawing Room below is a feast for the eyes and incredibly welcoming

The downstairs rooms have bold patterned papered walls, decorative over mantle mirrors, an abundance of sumptuous fabrics, reds, golds and greens, and, typical in the Victorian era, every surface has been covered in an ornament. 

I love that the ceiling is covered in the same wallpaper as the walls with the glorious chandelier taking centre stage in the dining room (below). Harold's top tips for napkin folding put us to test when we were presented with beautifully starched Victorian napkins (more like small tablecloths to be honest). Harold talked us through folding them into truly regal Fleur de Lis designs. Mine did stand up. Promise!

The Dining Room

The portraits on the walls (in their ornate frames) are all descendants or relatives of Queen Victoria, collected by Harold on his auction and antique fair sourcing trips.

Why share this with you? - well, Interior Designers are constantly looking at historical influences for design inspiration, giving it modern twist. Archived wallpapers are constantly being used, whether it is the same pattern in contemporary colour ways (as seen in Farrow & Ball's new parquet wallpaper) or used as a base to create completely new designs. Victorians also loved novelty, as do we - look at Abigail Aherns dog lamps with frilly lampshades. She is a great advocate for using lots of objects/ornaments to create interest in an interior, but getting the right balance is what makes it work in today.

If you love Victoriana, I would really recommend a visit to Harolds B&B, something completely different in the sea of boutique hotels and standard B&B's out there.

Thomas Haycock Interior Design

London Art Fair - Art for Interiors

20 Jan 2014

What a brilliant way to spend a Sunday, a visit yesterday to the London Art Fair in Islington, to soak up and be inspired by all the talented Artists. It even proved a great place to take children who's eyes were opened to a huge variety of Art.

In and Interior, a piece of art often acts as a starting point for an entire scheme, subtly extracting the colours to pick out fabrics, paint, wallpapers, furniture, accessories etc. The piece of art can also set the mood or tone of the room, for example, this Photograph by Dan Isaac Wallin has an earthy ethereal feel. The beautiful grain of the wooden furniture picks out the texture and colour of the grasses, the soft crumpled grey linen chair cover and grey accessories and wall colour pick out the misty quality, and finally, the dark flooring and seat covers highlight the dark tree trunks and also ground the whole scheme.

Hanging Artwork

There is a real tendency to hang art too high and completely ruin the desired effect. The ideal height is for the centre to be at eye level (but of course we are all different heights) - As a guide, hang your art 145cm from ground level to the centre of the picture. If you use this as a base to hang all your art work you achieve an overall unified look. 

Hanging a collage of pictures is slightly different, in this scenario is is a good idea to cut our brown paper of all the sizes of pictures you want to hang, lay them on the floor to get the order as you want it, then use masking tape to stick the paper to the wall., stand back, take a look and adjust as necessary. use these template to work out where to put in your picture hooks.

London Art Fair

A few of my favourite pieces:

The green tones in this Paper Collage by Casey Ruble look are stunning (Foley Gallery)

I loved The Connor Brothers twist on the Mills & Boon books (Pertwee Anderson & Gold Gallery) comical and gorgeous colours. It would certainly spark a conversation

This Artwork by Oliver Marsden (Vigo Gallery) was so hypnotic, I was completely drawn into the dark centre.

One particular piece that my son was mesmerised by was a film of a man standing against a black background, dressed in a black suit holding a black bucket filled with white paint. He would pour this white paint from chest height into another black bucket on the floor, resulting in huge splashes of white paint everywhere - my son thought it was brilliant!

Look out for the Affordable Art Fair at Battersea 13-16th March - everything is under £4K


Thomas Haycock Interior Design

Furniture screens for Interiors

14 Jan 2014

Flicking through various Tomes at the weekend I came across numerous interiors that had used furniture screens and thought, wow, they completely transform a space by adding not only a design feature and focal point but are also completely functional in many different ways (see end of blog).

The folding screen originated in China and was a great way for artists to showcase their work. They were imported from China to Europe in the 17th and 18th Centuries and were exceptionally popular in France. One such famous collector was Coco Chanel who owned 32 screens, 8 of which were housed in her Paris apartment. She said 'I've loved Chinese screens since I was eighteen years old. I nearly fainted with joy when, entering a Chinese shop, I saw a Coromandel for the first time. Screens were the first thing I bought.'

So there you have it, high praise indeed, and, the screen is a trend to watch this year with numerous Designers giving us their take on this ancient piece of furniture.

I love this simple statement screen by Deborah Bowness

This stylish screen by Ligne-roset captures another key trend - wood

This screen by Driade doubles as a photo holder

Ways to use your screen

As a screen (radical I know!) - Hide away unsightly areas

As a headboard - flat against a wall behind a simple bed will add wow factor to a bedroom

As a room divider - make space as flexible as you like, create different zones in a room when required, then move back against ta wall when not in use to work as a piece of art

As artwork - stand against a wall for a concertina piece of artwork, or stand behind a sofa, or console in a hallway to add depth and interest.

Thomas Haycock Interior Design

New Year - Fresh White Interiors

06 Jan 2014

I love Christmas, decorating the house to make it festive and cosy, but by January 6th, I'm really ready for it all to come down and expose the walls and surfaces again. Once down, what a great excuse to rethink the colours, the styling or even the space as a whole. It's like starting with a blank canvas ready to create a fresh interior for the New Year.

I adore colour and adding surprising pops of bright everywhere, but after Christmas, I'm feeling in an all white mood. Here are a few stunning all white interiors for you to be inspired by. Remember the absolute key to all white is texture, texture, texture!

This white bathroom is fresh and welcoming.The texture of the antique armoire and wooden floor add depth, whereas the softness of the voile and towels add the welcoming touch. The view from the window and pop of pink hydrangea also adds to the light fresh feel. Who wouldn't want to bathe in here

This hanging white chair is textural enough as it is, but by adding the Loddskin makes it far more welcoming, the added rustic texture of the basket and contrast colour of the vases makes this a cosy area to relax.

This gorgeous white hallway is a warm welcome to visitors. The layered cushions, sheepskin throw and items hanging from the hooks shows how to style using texture.

This Antiqued white washed display cabinet housing blue and white crockery creates a great focal point. The rustic dining table again adds that all important texture.

I feel like I need to say texture again, just to bang home the point a bit more.

Happy New Year

Thomas Haycock Interior Design

Interior Accessories for Advent Part 2

16 Dec 2013

We are still excitedly counting down the days to Christmas. Claire has been continuing her search for beautiful things and has been looking for all things glass, she has come up with some great finds that will add a style to any room. So if you are still stuck for ideas for loved ones, take a look below.

This beautiful King Edison Pendant by Rockett St George inside a pendant gives a great contemporary twist to a traditional chandelier

I love these glass display boxes from Nkuku, keep horizontal and store colourful costume jewellery, or stand vertically as a display case for your favourite ornament, or stuff full of faux flower heads….

Use this fun glass dome from Not on The High Street to display your treasures, anything from shells found on the beach, to vintage bobbins with red thread…

The black and gold wine glasses from Bouf are so opulent and would look stunning gracing any Christmas table scheme 

This stunning glass flagon from Graham and Green would make a great gift for the hard to buy for male in the family, it's elegant and a bit quirky from Graham & Green

Such stunning accessories, more to follow in our advent countdown next week

Thomas Haycock Interior Design