We caught up with Deborah Fitz to talk all things interiors – lighting inspiration, interiors tips & advice.



Deborah Fitz Interiors

 Q: We’d love to hear a little bit about your background and how you came to work in interiors.


Purely by accident as my dream was to become a fashion designer from a very young age, but I was told at the end of my college course I was far too soft and  nice to survive the fashion industry. I was broken hearted and went to work at Laura Ashley and totally loved dressing the windows and doing room displays. I then fell down a trap door in the stockroom and badly damaged my back, and couldn’t work for a year and a half, so studied a degree in interior design whilst off sick. I then started my own business at 21 alongside part-time hours at Laura Ashley and gradually grew my business until I could sustain full time.

Q:  What inspires you?  How would you describe your style?


Nature inspires me, the colours and textures all around us.  I would say my personal style is modern traditional,  but when designing for clients I will work with what ever style suits their home and taste.

Q:  What is your favourite part of the interior design process?


Fabric is my favourite element of interiors, I always start with this when designing a room, as it sets the stage for the rest of the design, colours etc.

Q:  Why is lighting so important in interior design?

Lighting is hugely important in interior design and can bring a room to life. Both the lighting fixtures and the light itself can create so many difference effects and bring another dimension to your space.

Q:  What should you consider when choosing lighting?

Always layer your lighting to create different effects and practicalities. Good lighting should allow you to alternate between reading a book and having dim chill lighting. 

Q:  What one piece of advice would you give when choosing lighting for a room?

Add a dimmer, this way even if your room only has one source of lighting you can create different levels of light.

Q:  What trends do you see in the next year for interior design?


I’m not a huge one for trends as I feel that if you research this topic is t is so broad it pretty much covers everything. Trends I do love are  Sustainable design choice, with more people becoming mindful of choosing environmentally friendly options. Indestructable fabrics, I mean  who doesn’t love the idea of this , especially when they are not just indestructible but also sustainable as mostly made from recycled plastic, and made to look like linen and cotton. Another trend I really love the idea of is dedicated Listening rooms as vinyl becomes more and more popular. 

Q:  What is your best piece of interiors advice? 


I always ask clients to select a collection of interior photos they love.   This will instantly show your


taste and allows you to narrow down your choices and hone in on your look.



Q:  Which is your favourite project that you have worked on?


That is very hard to answer, probably a complete house I worked on for a client relocating from Hong


Kong.  It was lovely to transform a dated home into my clients dream home.  The client had beautiful


taste and was very lovely to work alongside, which always helps.



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