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Small, bespoke interior design company specialising in working with people who may not have used an interior designer before. Offering a number of structured, fixed price design packages that keep costs under control and the client fully in control of the design direction.

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M
20 October 2019

Excellent and outstanding planning and completely outside the box thinking and delivery .. always willing to listen with a balance perspective between client and contractor and supports well . .. excellent choice and will commission again ! More...

Thank you so much Michael, really appreciate your kind words. Looking forward to enjoying a cocktail at Escape bar in Crystal Palace!! Shameless plug there! ;-)

T
25 May 2018

I can’t say enough great things about Vicki! She listened to my concerns and was able to bring creative ideas to solve my design dilemmas! Working with Vicki was such a wonderful experience. The consultation with Vicki was like a lesson on colour, fabric or design. I enjoyed ever consulation. We have more rooms to finish and I am looking forward to finishing with Vicki. More...

You're very kind Tomoko! It was a bit of a puzzle sorting out what needed to stay and what to be replaced, but once we had that worked out, then everything began to fall into place. Onwards!

T
25 May 2018

I can’t say enough great things about Vicki! She listened to my concerns and was able to bring creative ideas to solve my design dilemmas! Working with Vicki was such a wonderful experience. The consultation with Vicki was like a lesson on colour, fabric or design. I enjoyed every consulation. We have more rooms to finish and I am looking forward to finishing with Vicki. More...

S
17 May 2018

Vicki was great from start to finish. She took a huge amount of hassle out of the whole project. I wanted my entire house refurbished to bring it together as a whole with a colour theme and style running throughout the house - Vicki discussed ideas with me, sourced products to save me schlepping around all the shops, and also sourced builders - obtaining 3 quotes. She project managed the refurb, chased up deliveries and negotiated discounts on my behalf. I'm sure she more than paid for herself as a result.

I liked Vicki's ideas, found her easy to work with, and felt she 'got' me and what I wanted as well so she wasn't just imposing things on me that didn't feel right. She was approachable if I didn't like something or wasn't sure when I saw it in situ rather than just on paper - we changed paint colours early in the process for example.

She also sourced some unusual items for me on my request - such as a bidet loo! It was a bit of an experiment on my part, and we laughed over it, but she found a reasonably priced one and I must say it's been very popular! She tolerated my love of gadgets and incorporated my smart home ideas into the brief when I added that in half way through.

There were some difficult moments along the way because I stayed in the house for most of the refurb and having builders in your home for 4 months is inevitably stressful, but Vicki did her best to smooth over those moments as much as possible.

I love the finished result, and I wouldn't hesitate in recommending her.
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Thank you so much Samantha ... it was a pleasure working with you and I learnt so much about bidet loos! xxx

S
17 May 2018

I hired Vicki to refurbish my entire house to bring it together with a common style and theme - I've lived here for 22 years but had only decorated each room in a piecemeal fashion as I went along over the years and therefore nothing matched. Vicki understood what I was trying to achieve and came up with some fantastic suggestions; I learned a huge amount from her.

She took some of the boring legwork out of the project by sourcing furnishings for me to choose from - all of which fitted the overall design theme. This was a hugely enjoyable part of the process. It's also where her knowledge and expertise was invaluable and saved me enormous amounts of time and money.

Vicki also project managed it for me, sourcing and dealing with the builders and negotiating various discounts for me along the way. This was a huge relief for me as I didn't want to deal with this side of it.

Vicki also helped with the garden - she brought the themes of the house into the garden, toning down a bright yellow wall to a more calming pale pink and replacing orange decking with a more classy grey. This also helped bring the house and garden together.

I asked Vicki to find me some unusual items - a bidet loo for example, which has turned out to be a terrific buy! And a 'cat tower' for the cats to sit on in the garden. She had ideas for things I'd never heard of - an LED strip in the living room totally transformed the space by adding a soft uplight for example. She also focussed my love of colour into bright 'splashes' amidst calming neutral backdrops.

She was always reliable and did her job brilliantly well - she was very easy to work with and we got on well. I would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending her.
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S
18 August 2015

Vicki's brief was very broad. We are renovating our large semi-detached house and wanted some professional advice regarding colour schemes, lighting and flooring options.

Vicki was happy to tailor her service to our needs and spent over 4 hours going over the house. She had an answer to virtually everything we asked and I was really surprised to be able to choose colours with Vicki's help by the end of her visit. We won't necessarily stick to those exact colours but is is really helpful to have a good starting point.

She is also prepared to be a sounding board for additional queries and has already responded to a couple of questions I forgot to ask while she was here. It's the first time I've ever paid for design advice and I think it was money well-spent.
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W
21 July 2015

Vicki truly is very in touch with her clients' needs. I am so pleased with the design, selection of furniture and décor. She managed to find all furniture etc in a small budget . She proofs once and for all that interior designers are not just for the rich and famous! And as a bonus she explained the concepts so well, that I was able to use it through out our house. Now that is what I would call extreme value for money. Thanks Vicki! More...

H
15 July 2015

I wanted Vicki Wharton to prepare a design pack for my kitchen sitting room
The style I requested was for a non fussy modern ,plain furniture,but with a sumptuous feel over all. Vicki listened attentively to my ideas and showed a passionate ,positive and honest attitude for the design process. Throughout the process Vicki was always very accommodating and adaptable
I was excited to see how the chosen paint pallet ,along with the different textures and shapes were expertly pulled together to meet all my requirements . A very happy customer
Highly recommended
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O
2 July 2015

We invited Vicky because we wanted to renovate the house but did not exactly know what we wanted :). And had no idea about the colour scheme we wanted. She exactly understood our style and implemented it through our house. Even though as it was done i had my doubts i am really happy i trusted her. More...

N
1 July 2015

I was very pleased with the contemporary art deco design, that Balance Design created for the bedrooms in my 1930s home. The colour scheme, furniture, and fabrics chosen, work very well together, and definitely provide the 'wow' factor that I was looking for. Vicki often went out of her way to accommodate me, as I couldn't always meet with her to discuss ideas within working hours. More...

D
22 June 2015

Vicki worked with us on from the start of our 12 month 6 bedroom house renovation project. From the start she patiently worked with us through the seemingly daunting process of agreeing a theme and colour schedules through out all areas of the house and then put into action where we needed souring the various materials including paint, wallpaper and curtains. Would highly recommenced Vicki to anyone who is looking for a professional interior designer More...

J
18 June 2015

Vicky is very good indeed. Her designs are very good a skilful and she does not force them on you, allowing you to amend them as you wish. Her project management is excellent and she takes all the strain of running a big project off your hands. I used her both for my mother's flat and for my own house and she was excellent. More...

A
18 June 2015

Vicki helped us to achieve a lovely colour scheme and furnishing design for the open plan living area in our converted stables. Her ability to inspire us with new ideas as well as to build on our own has been an invaluable asset. She has sourced some excellent furnishing items with an eye for good value for money. More...

P
16 June 2015

We received a very personal service. Vicki listen and cared about our wishes. She was aware of our budget and was sticking to it and at times even was under. As a result we are able to have much nice home then expected. More...

B
16 June 2015

I contacted Vicki a few months ago after moving into a our first home. We were both stuck for ideas, whilst we knew what we didn't like we were not sure on what we did like. Vickie has been amazing helping us with ideas colour schemes and bringing our home to life in a style that suits us. In addition to that Vicki has an amazing eye for detail and has found amazing products and furniture for our home. She will work at your pace so no rush ( I am planning a wedding and trying to get the house done at the same time), she has taken away the house stress so I'm happily focusing on wedding planning.
We are still happily working with Vicki would recommend her in a heart beat.
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A
16 June 2015

Friendly and polite service. Took into account all my tastes and opinions. and gave accurate estimates for the length of time each stage would take. Very pleased with the design.

A
10 June 2015

I have worked with Balance Design Ltd for the past 6 years, installing Vicki's designs with a number of clients. She is easy to work with, organised and professional in her approach to both clients and trades people. Before a design installation is costed by myself, Vicki walks me and the client through the design so that we can assess any difficulties and work through solutions before the quotes are produced so that costings are accurate and time scales understood and agreed before work is begun. Time and budget plans and an order of work are agreed at the beginning of a project so that the client knows what is happening and when at each stage of the job. Sites are cleaned at the end of each day and together we strive to create an atmosphere of friendly cooperation on site so that any unforeseen problems can be quickly and efficiently resolved with minimum stress to everyone. We are fully insured, as is Balance Design and have been professionally assessed by Dulux, as well as additionally by Check A Trade and Trust Mark on Balance Design's side. More...

S
9 June 2015

I am a Senior Property Manager, working for the second largest managing agents in the UK. I first hired Balance Design Ltd in 2013 through a recommendation and have since this time worked with Vicki Wharton on a further 4-5 interior design projects. I have always been extremely satisfied with the service and with their designs, as have my clients. I would highly recommend this company to anyone looking for high quality interior design services. More...

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I normally start by phoning the client and outlining how I work and talking through what the client wants so that I can work out the best package for them. This is normally followed up by a briefing meeting on site where we work out a colour palette,a list of items the design should incorporate, an overall design style, room measurements and any other issues that need to be noted. This brief is then confirmed in writing and approximately two weeks later three design concepts are presented to the client for their input and preferences. The outcome of this directional meeting usually forms the backbone of the final design scheme, which is presented approximately two weeks later via electronic mood boards and hard copies with prices, samples and room layout attached.

At this stage the client can either decide to install the design themselves or commission part or all of it to be supplied and installed by Balance Design Ltd.

Anything the client can describe and that I can imagine!

Every job is different and what I love is seeing a design emerge from the directional meeting. Its very satisfying seeing a client move from being confused and unsure to feeling confident and happy in the choices they are making for their home.

I've always wanted to be an interior designer and have dabbled in property renovation whilst working in public relations in the interiors sector. Having a child and looking to develop a career where I could work from home gave me the push I needed to retrain in interior design and then work with Dulux as part of their interior design service for seven years before branching out on my own.

I'm a great listener and really work to ensure I'm using my skills to create the interior you will love. You won't get any theatrics, attitude or ego with me - I work in partnership with my client to make the whole process of creating their home as hassle free as possible.

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Fixed price interior design service helping clients to select a style, colour palette, fabrics, furnishings, flooring, artwork and other items to make their house a home.