Best 20 interior designers in Britain

3 msmonro.co.uk: Chelsea-based, this is Britain’s longest-established interior design consultancy, will design gardens as well as homes.

4 ashtonhousedesign.co.uk: Seven-person design consultancy with large showroom in Ashburton, Devon.

5 fisherid.com; Kent-based with 30 years of experience in high-end residential interior design.

6 suzannetucker-interiors.com; Has handled very high-end London and south east residential design.

7 simshilditch.com: Has a mission “to make everyday living comfortable, engaging and inspirational”. Based near Bath.

8 siobhanmooney.co.uk: Edinburgh design team handling room layouts, electrical plans, soft furnishing, fabrics, sourcing of antiques.

9 carolynparker.com: Mother-and-daughter team, Yorkshire based but operating across UK and in Portugal.

10 kellyhoppen.com: Kelly is a celebrity interior designer (she is a Dragon’s Den dragon) with her own range of fabrics, paints and furniture.

11 pascoeinteriors.com: This Chichester firm specialises in blending vintage furniture into contemporary surroundings.

12 infinitedesigndevon.co.uk: Interior designers operating mostly in the South Hams.

13 suedanninteriors.com: Buckinghamshire-based firm offering full design service but specialising in bespoke kitchens.

14 marybarberfray.co.uk: The website offers design tips and the firm offers services from designing one window to refurbishing a whole house. Birmingham-based.

15 cloudstudios.co.uk: This Oxford firm has worked on country house interiors as well as modern urban homes.

16 wilkinsonbevandesign.com: A Birmingham-based firm that has worked on ski chalets, Caribbean villas and British homes.

17 juliettebyrne.com: High-end London interior firm which also offers property management services.

18 woodsinteriordesign.com: Based in Harrogate the firm specialises in country houses across the UK.

19 lizaevans.com: A central London firm which also offers to source antiques for clients.

20 mccalldesign.co.uk: This London team has worked on high-end clubs, sporting premises, offices and homes.

How to choose an interior designer:

– Decide exactly what rooms and ideas you have before commissioning a designer.

– Collect fabric samples, photographs and colour charts to focus your ideas.

– Ask friends and colleagues for experiences and recommendations of designers.

– The British Institute of Interior Design posts a list of members on biid.org.uk.

– Most designer offer a free first consultation, so try several to assess attitude and competency.

– Check rates (many charge circa £75 an hour, others up to 15 per cent of project cost).

– Ask whether VAT, labour, materials and project management are included in fee.

– Encourage your designer to source and buy materials (they will get trade rates).

– If you directly pay interior design labourers, budget for £500 to £1,000 per room.

– Secure a firm schedule from your designer, especially if (s)he is project managing.

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