What we Do Full Service Interior Design

From the earliest feasibility study to the creative direction and the detailed tender and construction packs, we support you at every stage of your project and offer a fully customisable suite of professional interior design services.

Combining our creative, multi-disciplinary work style with our extensive hotel, residential and workplace interior design experience, we work with you to deliver stunning interiors that meet your aspirations, timescales and budgets for the project.

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Interior Architecture

Specialising in the technical design and structural alteration of building interiors, we place a strong focus on spatial hierarchy and adjacencies during the design process, delivering the optimum layouts for your project.

Interior Design

Combining the art and science of interior design and layering this with the decorative arts, we get to know your plans & aspirations, so that we can build a unique creative direction, interior style and character for each of our hotel, residential and workplace interiors.

3D Visualisation

Bringing your project to life long before it’s finished, we create photorealistic CGIs, 3D renders and animations of your design, turning your vision into augmented reality. Our super-accurate visuals are often used for design, marketing and funding purposes.

FF&E Specification

Leveraging over 20 years of industry knowledge and a global supply chain, we source, quality check and specify all the lighting, furniture, finishes and equipment for your project, working with over 300 brands, suppliers and manufacturers to suit your budget.

Furniture Design

Balancing innovation, style and functionality, we design & develop bespoke furniture, case-good and shopfit items, from initial concept sketches and prototypes to full manufacture and installation, in a variety of materials and finishes.

Interior Styling

Layering our interior designs with decorative accessories and professional styling techniques, our team delivers the finishing touches to your interior, adding character and personality, while also styling for a variety of lifestyle interests and events.

interior design expertise Sectors

We are specialists in hotel, luxury residential and workplace interiors, completing projects for global hotel groups, individual hoteliers, property developers and managers, as well as private clients and family offices

Occa Interior Design Frequently Asked Questions

What is interior design?

Interior design is a complex and constantly changing discipline that is the art and science of planning and creating internal spaces. It’s an environmental design profession that influences the way people live, work, rest and play. It also influences things such as how children are educated and patients heal. Interior design involves the design and coordination of internal spaces such as a house, hotel, office, school, shop, restaurant, hospital, church, boat, plane or transport hub. Interior design includes the selection of materials and finishes along with furniture, fittings and equipment such as sofas, chairs, tables, beds, headboards, table lamps, window dressings, wall art, accessories, etc. for these spaces.

What does an interior designer do?

Working with space, scale, proportion, lighting, colour, textures, materials and furnishings, interior designers visualise and create environments that are functional, aesthetically pleasing and safe to occupy. Interior designers develop designs for internal spaces that meet the aesthetic, regulatory and commercial requirements of their clients. An interior designer also works closely with their client and the wider design team of architects, engineers, project managers and consultants to deliver projects. They require a blend of aesthetic, technical, numerical and management skills to deliver successful projects.

What is the difference between interior design and interior architecture?

Interior design and interior architecture are terms that are often intertwined. However, in reality they are quite different. Interior design, which developed as a distinct practice from architecture as far back as the Renaissance, is the art of planning and creating internal spaces, often after the structural and construction phases are complete. In its purest form, it involves the design and specification of all the furniture, fixtures and equipment along with materials, finishes and lighting. Interior architecture, on the other hand, is a more recent profession, best described as a field of architecture that specialises in the architectural and structural aspects of internal spaces that might include engineering, heating, plumbing, ventilation, electrics and ergonomics. It is the science behind planning and creating internal spaces. Architectural interiors is the fusion of both these fields or professions to deliver a fully integrated approach to interior space design.

Do I need an interior designer?

Hiring an interior designer brings numerous benefits to your project. By paying an interior designer to advise you and deliver your project, you will save both time and money while gaining the invaluable experience, supply chain and project management skills that a professional interior designer will bring. An interior designer will help you quickly identify your brief and requirements, as well as your preferred design style. They will then bring their trained and experienced eye to your scheme, and zone into your requirements. Leveraging all their industry knowledge and expertise they will ensure that your project is completed without abortive costs, on time and on budget, leaving you to get on with your day job!

How long does the interior design process take?

The length of time the interior design process takes depends on the size of the project. For an average residential project, the design process can take as little as 6-8 weeks and the installation is determined by the construction programme, as well as the lead time of the products chosen, often between 6-12 months on a new build. On a new build hotel project, the programme is more complex and takes longer. On a smaller mid-scale property, the design process can be as little as 3-6 months. Installation in that case is dependent on the construction programme which is often 40-50 weeks at least and frequently a lot longer. For up-scale and larger properties, this can increase by 50%. See our 9 key work stages of the interior design process for more information.

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