Colin Wong’s top interiors tips
“I was born in Scotland of Asian descent but curiosity took me back to my roots in Asia where I entered the shop-fitting industry and worked for European fashion houses including Gucci and Prada. When I returned to the UK, I worked for a developer sourcing the best companies to undertake the kitchens and bathrooms. I soon realised that there was nothing out there that ticked all my boxes so I launched Development Direct as a design focused kitchen and bathroom studio.”
What do you love most about your job?
I love the buzz of transforming a drab box into an uplifting haven. Kitchens are central to a great home life and it’s no coincidence that all parties end up there. I’m lucky to work with so many diverse clients and to win awards for doing something I love doing.
What’s your signature style?
I don’t have one. I believe every room has an optimum spatial layout and it is my personal quest to uncover it. Everything else should fall effortlessly into place.
Your favourite room in your house?
My kitchen – and it was my hardest and most argumentative client. It has an industrial shabby chic vibe with a giant swing facing a big floating fire.
Tell us something different about you?
Computers and cad programs baffle me. I use scraps of paper and a stubby pencil.
In open plan living, never let one element overpower anything else. Everything should work in harmony so don’t over clutter or over accessorise. Look at how art galleries work – there’s always a feeling of space and an understanding of the focal points.
Be individual and never follow current trends. Nobody wants a kitchen or bathroom that dates quickly. A great design should be timeless and show the real personality of the owners.
Tell your designer how you want to feel in your new space. The design is all about creating a feeling that is capable of altering your mood in a positive manner. Design to enjoy and never to impress.
To find out more on Development Direct visit www.developmentdirect.co.uk.