A renowned multi-tasker, Beth enjoys juggling different projects and seeing people interpret the spaces she has designed, especially when they positively impact their lives.
Beth is a senior interior designer and has particular skills in higher education, student living and hotels. She is also highly proficient in Revit up to BIM level 2.
What are the key challenges that affect interior design, or are likely to in the next five years?
BIM and virtual reality. Advances in technology are constantly changing the way we work. We are now able to put on a headset and physically walk through a space before it’s built. I believe this will become the norm for signing off interior design, especially on large projects. It’s important we embrace these exciting changes. However, we need to be careful that designs aren’t constrained by what is possible to model on a computer.
What advice would you give your 20 year old self?
Believe in your own creativity and trust your gut instinct. If you think something isn’t right, then question it. If you think something will be perfect, then push for it. There have been times when I’ve looked back on a finished project and thought ‘if only I had tried a little harder to change that wall colour/get that feature light in/move that sofa’. Don’t be scared to ask why or challenge something. What’s the worst that can happen?
Stair nosings. As practical as they are, I’ve never seen a staircase that looks good with a nosing stuck on it!
If you weren’t in this career, what would you be?
I couldn’t be in career that wasn’t creative. I think I’d have to be a painter or photographer. Preferably travelling around the world in a campervan. That or a farmer.
What is the greatest invention ever?
Pinterest! I knew I should have bought shares… What was that thing I said about trusting your gut instinct?