Trends in interior design
Probably the most difficult part to finding the right interior designer to work on your yacht, is determining what it is exactly that you want to achieve. Do you want your yacht to be modern? Would you like to have a touch of attitude portrayed in the décor? Or would you like the design to be simplistic and minimalistic?
Planning the interior design of a yacht
Once you have a range of ideas, the trick is to write this down in a way someone else would understand. Not always easy. A good idea would be to collect images from other designs you may have seen and create a collage. It is then up to the designer to work with you to create your perfect interior. Think about the sort of ambience you want to connote: cosy? Luxurious? Homely? Elegant?
In terms of choosing a designer, always ask for case studies. Christian Leyk, senior yacht designer from at Ken Freivokh Design commented, “From a designer’s point of view, generally having a portfolio is a must! Even when a client has a clear idea about what he/she wants, they should still ask to see what you have to offer, even just for inspiration. Portfolios should include a good mix of concepts and proposals, but also the work they have done. This way a designer draws 'the whole picture'. Often clients are well informed and do come to a certain designer particularly because they want this designer's style.”
What to consider in interior yacht design
When redesigning a yacht’s interior, maintaining the classification in which the yacht was built is another consideration that can, at times, lead to a major interior refit. With trends coming and going, and interior technology growing, there may be times in a yacht’s life when a large interior refit is needed. A large interior refit can be costly and time consuming, so it is important to ensure that this is really in the best nature of the vessel and of your back pocket.
In recent years, the superyacht industry has seen a move away from the traditional interior set ups, with more and more gadgets being released on a daily basis, superyachts are moving more to a futuristic and minimalist design and feel..
Matt Shelton from Cove Interiors commented, “In the new build and refit sector, we are seeing a move away from the high gloss ‘bling finishes’ on the interior of yachts. Owners and designers are moving to a more contemporary matt finish now. Natural washed effects and more exotic woods are also being used more frequently.”
Following this, Christian Leyk went on to say, “I’m not sure if it is wishful thinking, or indeed a trend, but I have the feeling that I’m seeing bolder interiors lately. On the other hand, there is a lot of playing it safe still going on within the superyacht industry. Nothing wrong about that really, because frankly, it’s easier to spend time in a relaxed and understood environment rather than in a place that shouts “hey, how cool is that!” all the time.”
When space is limited, there are many things on the market to help with storage problems. Smart foldaway chairs, hidden integrated features and clever neutral decoration can all help with this.
Check out this viral video of an expandable round dining table, a great invention for the tiniest of spaces: