SPOTLIGHT ON: An Insight into my Design Ethos

Fiona Barratt Interiors are leading designers and architects for luxury interior design with a portfolio ranging from luxury residential to commercial boutique for private, development and commercial properties both in the UK and spanning the globe.

All designers have a signature style and way in which they like to work. For me, it’s all about blending sophisticated neutrals interlaced with bursts of accent colour. My obsession is textures and unique layering, for which I am known around the world for. The perception of a room is influenced by the textures of adjacent surfaces, layering of varied materials to create interest and depth, as well as considered lighting application. For me, these various textures are inspired by the legacy of history and the infinity of the natural world. Contrasting textures and materials is also crucial to my design process. The contrast between heavy and traditional, such as marble and bronze, and lighter materials, for example, glass. Defined details, forcing the brave mix of finishes and texture, the experimentation of materials and textures run throughout each element of my philosophy. I like to use a lot of texture in materials and fabrics: rustic reclaimed wood, polished concrete, silk rugs, woven leather, to mention a few. My designs predominantly have a neutral palette, so the texture creates contrast and interest. I add colour and character to an interior through accessories and artwork, and by experimenting with different antiques, particularly 20th century pieces.

The world of interiors is fast changing; there are new challenges every day forcing me to constantly evaluate what defines luxury expectations and ensure to deliver the unexpected. Designing an interior is an art form and it is imperative to deliver this as a solid and engaging story with a narrative that is subtle. With our in-house architectural and design teams, we take a project through from conception to completion, bringing skills in both interior and exterior architecture and spatial design, bespoke lighting, furniture and accessories and space configuration together to create a space which delivers against the project ideality; time less luxury, yet functional.

When I think of design rules to live by, I do try to mix original architectural details as much as possible. For example, fusing cornicing and panelling, with modern luxurious interiors, always taking inspiration from the location that the building is in and considering that the design should be appropriate to its locality. Every project brief and client vision is unique. Although confidently contemporary, I take inspiration from many sources. Exploring the intimacy of the design process and craft drives the influence and narrative and helps the story of a space unfold..