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Sarah Ward, Reigate - Surrey's best interior designers

PUBLISHED: 08:27 21 December 2010 | UPDATED: 18:17 20 February 2013

The introduction of a sweeping staircase can make a dramatic statement in either traditional or modern properties

The introduction of a sweeping staircase can make a dramatic statement in either traditional or modern properties

Glamour, along with a healthy dollop of practicality, is what's at the heart of Sarah Ward's style. JANET DONIN meets the Reigate-based interior designer

Originally published in Surrey Life magazine November 2010

Glamour, along with a healthy dollop of practicality, is whats at the heart of Sarah Wards style. JANET DONIN meets the Reigate-based interior designer

Translating clients ideas into stylish, elegant but practical designs is the priority for Sarah Ward and nowhere is this more important than in the kitchen and bathroom.

For the kitchen, I love a mix of timbers combined with stainless steel and granite, which always looks inviting, says the Reigate-based designer. And the bathroom has to be sleek with one large or two good-sized, counter sunk basins.

Sustainability is also important, she continues. So, I look for showers and toilets with water-saving programmes and washing machines with water recycling capability.

Creating a design thread throughout the house is also key. Sarah, 47, achieves this through a neutral backdrop, livened with accent colours from a golden palette.

I like to leave my clients with the ability to change the look using a few moveable accessories, she adds.

In my view...

How would you describe your preferred design style?
Classic/contemporary. By that, I mean classical features with contemporary furnishings.

Whats the best thing about your job?
I love the challenge understanding and then delivering exactly what the client wants.

How do you like to relax?
In a lovely bath with all the trimmings.

What couldnt you do without?
Music anything from opera to Nek, Seal to Tina Turner I have the IPod on all the time.

Which is your signature colour?
Aubergine because it mixes with so many other shades.

What design style has influenced you the most?
I was brought up in the Far East so I love the clean lines and warm colours of the Orient.

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