As part of our exciting new Talking Design series, we’ve interviewed Hayley Gilbert – a freelancer Interiors Journalist with over two decades of experience in the world of interior design…
How did you get started in interior design?
I’m going to show my age now but I started out as a sub-editor on KBB Magazine 22 years ago and soon realised that I loved the interiors world (having previously worked on a music magazine after my Media degree). It was a great way to learn all about the industry and get really stuck in. I still work with a lot of the PRs that I came into contact with back then, which is lovely.
What’s your favourite design trend right now?
I’m a sucker for the reclaimed, vintage, industrial look that’s still popular in interiors. As much as I love a bit of luxe, it’s not something I’d personally go for so I’m always drawn to timber, metal and anything upcycled and well worn.
Describe your personal style
See above – well worn! Wardrobe-wise I’m very much a trainers, jeans and t-shirt kind of girl; less is more in my book so it’s usually natural and casual rather than fussy and dressed up. On the home front it’s lots of white and grey with pops of colour here and there and the odd charcoal painted feature wall.
What’s your number one tip when it comes to starting a new decorating project?
Go with your gut. As much as it’s fun and wise to do all the research and planning, especially for larger projects such as kitchens and bathrooms, when it comes to décor, trust your instinct and pick a theme, colour or material that you love instantly. You can always change it later.
What are your trend predictions for next year?
I think metallics will go on – rose gold and copper especially; as well as matt black and the new matt whites that are coming onto the scene in terms of small kitchen appliances.
Do you have a favourite design show?
I do love 100% Design, as it’s a great platform for up and coming designers and new talent, as well as tried and trusted brands.
What’s your favourite range from Walls and Floors, and why?
I adore the Bijou Herringbone Mosaic Tiles as herringbone is such a big trend in timber flooring right now, so I love the idea of taking this traditional patterned design and using it in a contemporary way in porcelain tile form. And they can be used on walls and floors too, making them extremely versatile.
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We’re thrilled to have interviewed Hayley Gilbert! Go and take a look at her very own website, HayleyGilbert.co.uk