Maximal minimalism. An ethos, not a style.
Many designers like to define themselves in terms of style. We like to define ourselves in terms of ethos. The starting point for our designs is Scandi-inspired simplicity. To that we add a colourful twist, as well as pattern, to make the space more personal to you. Ultimately, we work with your style.
Beautiful, functional, sustainable and healthy spaces
It’s not just our love of colour that makes us Bright. We believe that Interior Design is about more than how the space looks, but how the space works and what impact it has on its users. We strive to create spaces that are designed but comfortable; in keeping with the architectural style of the property yet fit for contemporary living. The aesthetics are important, but our starting point for every design project is functionality and practicality — we want to make your space work harder for you.
With up-to-date supplier knowledge, we curate the huge amount of available materials and products for your needs. You will also benefit from our access to, and trade discounts with, a range of like-minded suppliers. Not the least, the Scandinavian Miinus Kitchens, which we are delighted to represent in the UK.
We have a special interest in sustainable and healthy design practices, and would love to apply these principles to your space too. A new interior need not be taxing on the planet, nor on the health of its users. We adopt a multi-faceted approach to sustainability. Importantly, we determine the best way to integrate it into your specific project rather than taking a blanket approach. To us, sustainability is more than just a word.
Founder and Creative Director Maria Gratsova has an Interior Design HE Diploma from the renowned KLC School of Design. Prior to setting up Bright Designs, Maria obtained freelance design experience in the high-end residential and commercial sector with established design practices. She will soon complete her MA in Sustainable Design at the University of Brighton.
Maria had a previous life in Investment Banking, having spent her 20s working in Emerging Markets Equities at Citi and Bank of America Merrill Lynch. She also holds a BSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics.
When her interest in interiors turned into a slightly unhealthy obsession, Maria decided it was time to officially change careers. All this means that Bright Designs’ projects are conducted systematically and efficiently, both with regard to time and budget. Maria brings the professionalism and pace of Investment Banking to the world of Interior Design.
Maria loves nothing more than getting to know her clients, and bringing their vision to life in an interior. And if they’re not sure, then she helps them refine that vision. She steers clear of monotonous and generic schemes, ensuring that every project is unique and tailored to the client’s taste and circumstances. You can read reviews from clients who have enjoyed working with her on Houzz.
As much as studying floorplans and obsessing over colour schemes, Maria loves to write on all things to do with her design work. Primary topics of interest include sustainable and healthy interiors and kitchens, use of colour in interiors, and the ethos and philosophy behind the practice of interior design. She also presents on these topics at industry events.
Maria speaks several languages, having lived in five countries. She loves to travel but nowadays mostly resists the urge on sustainability grounds. For a break from interiors, she mainly does sport and outdoor activities with her two young sons.