Dean Keyworth
Armstrong Keyworth Interior Design
  1. What inspired you to become an interior designer?

    There was a 1960s cartoon called “The Jetsons” with people travelling in flying cars and living in gadget filled houses. It inspired me to make plans and sketches to turn my parents’ Victorian house into a riot of floating coffee tables and robot butlers. My design style is a little more classical these days!


  2. What areas of art and antiques are you interested in and how does this influence you at work?

    I have pretty catholic tastes in art – my own collection ranges from 19th century portraits in gilt frames to my most recent acquisition - an installation of painted margarine tubs by Persian artist Hani Njam. I usually love the challenge of incorporating a client’s own art into an interior scheme, although I have had to find room for some howlers! My preferred period for antiques is Georgian, but anything from Elizabethan to Art Deco has been known to catch my eye. I love it when braver clients let me add any of the above into an eclectic mix.


  3. Are there any specific sources, trends and historical eras that you often draw inspiration from?

    The clean lines and emphasis on proportion of the Georgian period are a constant inspiration, even if I am aiming to create the same sense of harmony with modern furniture. I think the Georgians were pretty good at colour too and often use historic colours in a contemporary scheme.


  4. There has been a trend towards mixing old with new in the past decade, has this helped you in your advice to clients?

    Mixing old and new has always been the design philosophy that is dearest to my heart and I am glad that it has become more of a mainstream trend. One very ornate piece in an otherwise quite minimal scheme can really bring a sense of drama and stops your home from appearing too clinical. However, I always advise clients that there has to be some sort of visual connection between old and new pieces in a room, whether it be colour, scale or texture.


  5. What top tip would you have for those interested in sourcing and adding antiques to their home?

    Consider much maligned Victorian ‘brown’ furniture. It is comparatively cheap at the moment and with clever placement can work really well with contemporary and oh-so-trendy mid-century pieces.