Olivia's Insiders X Emma Martin Interiors

Olivia's Insiders X Emma Martin Interiors

Tell us a little bit about yourself, what inspired you to work in interior design?
Hello there! I am Emma Martin. I am the founder of Emma Martin Interiors. I am an interior designer based in Nottingham and I work on residential and commercial projects across the East Midlands and Spain.  I had worked in HR for a few years and realised that I had always had an interest in interior design so it was time to pursue this passion. You could say that my first project was as a child when I decided to revamp my bedroom. I painted the door and window frame in black and matched a set of shelves also in black so that there would be a coherent look in the room. I finished off the design with a huge flower that I painted directly onto the wall. Thankfully my parents gave me total freedom to decorate! 

What is your signature style


I don't really have a signature style as it evolves all the time but as I grew up in Spain I do feel drawn towards soothing colours against white walls to maximise natural light and I love all the options you can have with tiles.

Key trends to look out for in AW'20
  1. Authenticy: integrating old and new to create your own uniques space.
  2. Botanicals and biophilic design: still going strong especially in the current climate as it supports our well-being
  3. Multifunctional spaces: again due to current climate there will be an increase in spaces needing to be multi-functional to accommodate a lot of people working from home. This is a trend which is going to be in place for a long time.
What are you working on at the moment?
I have a few projects I am working on including a lovely family home, an apartment needing a complete revamp and a transformation of a kitchen/living space.
Quick fire questions!
  • Rug or Lamp:  both! a floor lamp allows you to enjoy your "winding down" moments and with a rug it's usually the bigger the better
  • Pastel or Bright: depends on the space, I naturally go for a few colourful accents to add interest
  • Texture or Pattern: can I choose both?
  • Wood or Glass: natural wood
  • Minimal or Maximal: maximal of course!
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