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Rosie Ridgway in Banstead - Surrey's best interior designers

PUBLISHED: 18:14 13 May 2010 | UPDATED: 17:09 20 February 2013

Rosie Ridgway in Banstead - Surrey's best interior designers

Rosie Ridgway in Banstead - Surrey's best interior designers

If hiring an interior designer conjures up images of outlandish colour schemes and wacky furniture, then think again. JANET DONIN meets Banstead-based designer Rosie Ridgway, who effortlessly combines both the classic and contemporary

Originally published in Surrey Life magazine April 2010


If hiring an interior designer conjures up images of outlandish colour schemes and wacky furniture, then think again. JANET DONIN meets Banstead-based designer Rosie Ridgway, who effortlessly combines both the classic and contemporary


Name: Rosie Ridgway
Company: April Hamilton Interior Design
Location: Banstead
Tel: 0845 052 6750



Walking into the living room of Rosie Ridgways Banstead home, you enter a haven of comfort and elegance with more than a hint of glamour.


Its a classic style brought bang up to date with contemporary accessories, which pretty much typifies the ethos of this gifted interior designer because although her designs are anything but old-fashioned, 51-year-old Rosie is perhaps a traditionalist at heart.


Ive always loved wallpaper and carpet. To me, despite fashion, they have never gone away, says Rosie. In our climate, a carpet is so much more comforting than wooden floors. I particularly love deep pile velvet cut carpets that spell luxury and warmth.


And, given her own devices she will always opt for a neutral colour scheme.


Its timeless and sophisticated and ideal for any style of home, she says. Colour can be introduced through accessories, allowing for seasonal changes. In spring and summer, green or pink cushions will bring freshness, while lovely warm tartans and throws add comfort and warmth in autumn and winter.


With a background in property development and 15 years as an interior designer, Rosie has built up an enviable clientele from London to Cobham.


"Most of my work is residential, which I prefer, says Rosie. Theres more emotional involvement with home-owners. I get to know my clients really well and I enjoy injecting aspects of their personality into the scheme.


After an initial consultation, Rosie presents her client with one of the most impressive mood boards Ive yet to see. Complete with watercolour room sketches, fabrics and furniture, its a work of art. Additional drawings for builders and lighting layouts are also available.


Im always aware that my clients may not be able to visualise my ideas without specific drawings, says Rosie. A common mistake is to focus on individual aspects and lose sight of the total look, so presenting them with a mood board and plans avoids any costly errors.

Going for glamour
Whether shes designing bedrooms or hallways, living rooms or libraries, Rosie always likes to bring an element of glamour into her schemes. In her living room, theres a beautiful chrome and crystal chandelier, a mirrored console table and elegant chrome curtain poles.


Metallics always give opulence to a contemporary classical look, she says. And its a look that always seems to appeal to my clients, too.
Rosie also believes that lighting is a key element to any scheme. In short, if you get it right, everything else will sit perfectly. To this end, she will create a computerised lighting system thats configured to various scenarios.


At just the touch of a button, you can have any form of light, from intimate romantic to party mode, says Rosie. Even table lamps can be worked into the system and operated from a wall switch.


Whether your home is a mansion or a modest semi, it will invariably incorporate odd corners or quirky architectural details that pose furnishing problems, which is where an interior designer can be particularly useful. Rosie also has a host of suppliers and skilled craftsmen at her fingertips who can interpret her designs for bespoke furniture.


Its important to get the scale of furniture to match the surroundings, she says. For a large property, High Street furniture is never big enough and in a smaller home the furniture needs to be multifunctional.


Solving these problems, and the multitude of others that arise, can be a nightmare for individuals, but with an interior designer on board its all part of the service.

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