Annie Bowen is a Sydney based interior decorator, colour consultant and interior design consultant with a passion for colour
“I don’t believe that just one look is right for all spaces, more that each home or building should be considered for it’s individual merits, along with the needs of those who use it. My natural design aesthetic tends to lean towards clean lines, but I’m not afraid to use colour and prefer to avoid a ‘matchy matchy‘ look. A home should have soul, a personality, and feel welcoming for those who live there.”
What design myth would you like to bust?
That interior designers just fluff cushions at the end! There are so many things we take care of, from floor planning, kitchen and bathroom design, paint colours, flooring, window treatments, furniture, tiles, tapware, lighting, rugs, artwork…. the list goes on. The creative element of making a space look beautiful is just a small part of what we do, so much detailed planning and coordinating with suppliers and trades is required to get a project to the end.
What questions do you ask clients before working with them?
Tell me about your home and who lives there? What do you hope to achieve? It’s important to understand the needs of the people who will be living in a space when approaching a new project. Oh, and I recently started asking why they are looking to hire an interior designer. A new client answered “time poor and colour blind”, which made me giggle. Pretty much a perfect reason to be hiring someone like me.
What is the one thing you wish your clients knew before you engaged them?
The process takes time. People often come to me saying they want to complete their house in 6 weeks and can I start next week. I’ve learnt over the years not to agree to a time frame which is impossible for me to meet. I approach each project in a systematic way and I’m pretty good now at estimating the time I need for each stage of the process. I also try my best to schedule my jobs so my team and I can give each one our full attention.
What is your favourite part of the design process?
The development of a beautiful colour scheme. I love this phase, it’s when the concept starts to come to life. A good colour scheme will ensure the entire home, both inside and out, reads as one story. You might not have the same wall colour in one room to the next, but all the choices make sense together. For me, the colour scheme includes not only paint colours, but flooring, joinery colours, tiles, etc.
What is your design superpower?
Using colour to create atmosphere in a space, and understanding what the colour will do in a particular space. How colour can make a room feel is really interesting, and is the foundation to creating a home with soul and personality.