René Dekker – The Success Story


When René Dekker moved to the UK from South Africa (originally from The Netherlands), he was thrilled with his career choice in interior design and the considerable experience he had already gained as an interior architect. “Although I had a two-year higher diploma, I had made some wonderful contacts in the industry. At the time, I would have said that this tenacity would get you everywhere, but that was 20 years ago. Now a qualification is paramount,” he says. “There are a limited number of jobs with far too many people applying, so the more qualified you are the better.”

As René started to climb up the industry ladder, it soon became clear that his skills and ambition were going to need a large arena in which to grow. “I had been employed as Head of Residential Interior Design for several years at a large architectural practice, and although the role was challenging and the environment was great, I wanted to own my own future. My business partner, the Financial Director, had suggested a few times that I go solo but I resisted. Eventually I faced up to the fact that the move would be for the better.”

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Coral and how to use it

Coral and its close relation, orange, is often seen as a hue that offers emotional strength in difficult times, an optimistic and uplifting colour that can rejuvenate our spirit and mood. 

Sandwiched between vibrancy and pastel shades, its enthusiasm for life relates to physical confidence, competition and independence. In its strongest form coral is seen as an extrovert shade, but knowing how to use it successfully is a skill a top interior designer will have mastered.

The beauty of coral is that it is a surprisingly versatile hue when it comes to pairing it with other shades and materials. It’s not as strong as an obvious orange or as pale as a pretty pink, but somewhere in between.

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