It’s time for a brand new edition of our Design Insights Interview and this week we are super-pleased to welcome fab interior designer and blogger Susanne from SBZ Interieur Design! Let’s take a look at her top styling tips:
What inspired you to delve into interior styling and how did you get started? From a young age I was fascinated by what you can do with a living area. As a child I was already a creative person and liked to regularly change my room into a new style and colour. Despite my passion for home and garden design and styling, I have a second passion for travel and world knowledge. That’s why I studied tourism and for 7 years, worked as a travel agency manager. Three years ago I had a career change and decided to give it another direction. I still had the dream to work as a self-employed interior designer and stylist and during a sabbatical I studied interior design. I also did additional courses in styling, design and colour. I already had certificates in the fields of plant and floral art, something I also really love to do when it comes to styling. This year I started my own company, SBZ Interieur Design, and in addition I am also professional blogger.
My blog Stijlvol Styling is about home and garden styling and is full of handy tips and interior design trends. I also give party and season/holiday decoration ideas. My blog has grown tremendously over the past year with lots of enthusiastic visitors. It started as a hobby but now it’s an important part of my company and something I am very proud of! To inspire and advise others and help them to create a personal interior that really fits them well, that’s the most important reason that I blog but also why I love my job as an interior designer and a stylist so much.
How would you describe your interior style? I love nature and the four seasons. Great basic colours inspired by nature, combined with natural materials such as wood, textiles and metals. Also the right plants and flowers in a interior are very important to me! In addition, I am also crazy about the Scandinavian interior design trend.
Where do you seek style inspiration? I get inspiration from everyday life, travel, nature and by visiting home and garden fairs. But also I get inspired by my fellow home and garden bloggers, interior designers and stylists throughout the internet.
Which room in the home do you enjoy styling the most and why? I actually find all rooms good to style but if I had to choose one in particular then I would go for a nursery. To create a special space for a baby or child, a private place for him or her, that is so special to me. It must be peaceful and suitable to his or her world but practical at the same time for the parent. I find it such rewarding work!
Can you tell us about the most outlandish room makeover you’ve styled? Basically my entire home! I live with my husband and daughter in a charming apartment which is located in the roof of a small apartment complex. Because it is situated in the roof, it means that we have a lot of oblique walls throughout the apartment. This makes the setting up of the spaces difficult and the styling also asks for a really professional insight. We have spent a lot of hours choosing the right colours for the walls, getting the right atmosphere, interior decorating and styling. Because it was a newly built house all of this was based on just having the drawings and my own homemade moodboards. But it was really worth all the time we had spent on this personal project.
Which trend are you most excited about working with this year? Pastel colours! You see pastel colours very often in wall paint trends but also in home accessories too. For example, Brabantia’s Mineral Retro Bins! In particular, I find mint-green a really nice pastel which you can combine with a lot of colours and styles. In interior design, you see a lot of influences from nature this year and in terms of home accessories, Scandinavian design is very present. I often style with (coloured) glass vases and bottles in combination with home accessories made of wood and/or knitted textiles.
Which colour combinations are your favourite to work with? I love colours inspired by nature. For example, earth tones, metals such as copper and pastels such as mint-green and powder-pink.
Which 3 objects do you believe have the ability to completely transform a room? The right colour paint or wallpaper on the wall makes your room spacious but at the same time cosy, the right home accessories that suit your personal style and finally, the right lighting!
What advice would you give to our readers looking to refresh their interiors? Don’t go for trends if it doesn’t suit your personality, lifestyle or taste. Look closely at the shape of the room and the amount of natural light when you choose which colour paint or style of wallpaper for your walls. Why? Because this can greatly influence the atmosphere and spaciousness of your room. Keep in mind the style you eventually want to achieve, which colours suits this style and which kind of materials fit in terms of furniture and home accessories. Finally, create a moodboard for every room you want to change before you start. This will give you a good overview of what does and doesn’t fit together. My top tip for a healthy living space: don’t forget to have an eye for ‘green’ in your home such as beautiful plants and flowers which can bring a lot of warmth and cosiness.
Do you have any upcoming exciting projects? At the moment I am busy expanding my company SBZ Interieur Design, working on different projects and collaborations. I am also working 7 days a week on new items for my blog!