Interior design top tips from Loughton-based RK Signature Interiors
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RK Signature Interiors is the latest offshoot of the Loughton-based RK Group and is headed up by top interior designer Rebecca Edmunds, who here tells us all about the type of service clients can expect
First off Rebecca, can you tell us a bit about yourself, your background and how you first got into interior design?
Like many creatives, I ended up working in commercial roles for years. As a senior director in marketing agencies, I was responsible for bringing together multi-disciplinary teams to deliver against the client brief. About five years ago I made the leap to follow my passion and set up my own interior design business. My commercial background has been a huge advantage. The ability to take a comprehensive brief, develop detailed project schedules, effectively manage budgets and a focus on client communication is every bit as important as the design.
How did your association with the RK Group come about?
I was introduced to the directors at RK Signature Living through a mutual connection. It was clear from our first meeting that we shared the same ethos: to deliver quality, attention to detail and a first-class service.
Whose idea was it to start an interior design branch to the company?
The RK Group of companies has expanded over the years to provide high-end construction and joinery services, so incorporating interior design within the group was a natural evolution. We are now able to offer our clients a seamless experience from inception to completion.
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What services and skills do you provide exactly and are they available to anyone?
RK Signature Interiors provides a turn-key service, which includes: floorplans and layouts; lighting plans; colour palettes; design concepts; kitchen and bathroom design; sourcing of furniture, lighting, soft furnishings and accessories; budget and project management; and installation and styling.
Is there a singular design ethos and/or aesthetic that runs through RK Signature Interiors’ work?
We do not have an ‘in-house’ style. Time is invested at the outset of every project to gain a deep understanding of our client’s lifestyle and vision. Our designs are tailored to reflect each client’s individual tastes and personality.
Can you tell us at what stage in a construction/development do you tend to become involved?
The earlier we are involved, the more value we can add. Once planning permission has been received we work in collaboration with the architect to refine internal layouts, plan lighting positions and input into fixtures and finishes to ensure the overall look and feel is consistent and aligned to the client brief. Concept boards and kitchen and bathroom designs are often developed before construction begins. This allows us to plan effectively, ensuring that all decisions are made ahead of time and clients do not rush important choices.
How closely do you work with your clients, and how does the relationship usually evolve from start to completion?
The relationship between an interior designer and their client is key to delivering a fantastic project. We often work with clients for 12 months or more, therefore we get to know them extremely well and there is a high level of trust between us. Collaboration is extremely important to us. We are designing for our clients, not our portfolio, which is why we seek input and feedback at every stage.
If I was a potential client, wavering on whether to employ your services, what would you say to persuade me?
Commissioning an interior designer will save you a huge amount of time and ensure you avoid making costly mistakes. Our wealth of experience allows us to anticipate requirements that you may not have considered and that often have a big impact. There is an enormous amount of choice available to consumers, this can make it hard to decide upon one specific style direction. We provide guidance and inspiration to ensure the final scheme is cohesive.
What makes RK Signature Interiors stand out from other interior design companies?
We combine creative flair and attention to detail with a commitment to exemplary service. Our online portal RK Connect provides clients with on-demand, real time information including project schedule, photographs, design specifications, budgets and a feedback mechanism for comments. We value relationships, and our collaborative approach allows us to explore options together and ensures our clients are very much part of the process.
How does the connection with the RK Group benefit the clients?
With the addition of RK Signature Interiors to the group, our clients benefit from a full turn-key solution. Working together as part of a wider team means that the interiors and construction teams are completely aligned in our commitment to unparalleled design and exceptional service.