“I love everything about my job. From designing with 2020 Design to the ‘presentation movie’ I develop. It’s rewarding when clients see what their space could look like; their reactions to it are priceless.”Laura Giampaolo
Laura Giampaolo has been an interior designer for 35 years. She has won the 2020 Inspiration Awards two years running. Laura designed the Estate in Norway and the 45th floor of the Trump Tower in New York for the Ambassador of Saudi Arabia. She also did a home in Bahrain for his family.
Laura has been featured in articles for her designs and was named one of Kitchen and Bath Design News magazine’s “Top 50 Innovators” in design for 2018. She has been featured in articles about Cambria on their site and in the magazine.
What inspired you to become an interior designer?
I have always loved interior design and studied it in an independent study program in high school. Making ho-hum spaces beautiful and functional for clients is still a thrill.
What were some of your struggles when you first started off?
Learning how to get clients to trust in your vision and pre-qualifying them was a challenge in the beginning of my career.
What are your favorite design trends?
I don’t have a favorite design trend. I try to design using clients’ personalities and the many choices always coming into play to keep the spaces new, fresh, personal and comfortable.
What are some of your favorite paint colors?
Paint colors? There are too many great ones out there to have a favorite.
What do you like most about your job?
I love everything about my job. From designing with 2020 Design to the “presentation movie” I develop. It’s rewarding when clients see what their space could look like; their reactions to it are priceless.
What should someone starting a design career know?
Understand when you start in this business that it’s ever-changing, and the knowledge of products, design and your clients is key.
In your opinion, what will be the top design trends for 2019?
The top color design trend is “PANTONE®Ultra Violet” (Ultra Violet purple.) You can use it in designing a kitchen but in small doses and in accessories or a feature wall.
What are some of your favorite features in 2020 Design?
Some of my favorite features in 2020 Design are the ability to personalize the space by including personal items that the client has in the design.
Is there a 2020 Design trick/hack you can share with us?
When you have wood like Rustic Alder that has a lot of variations and knots, you can search it on Google images, download it and apply it to the “Global Attributes” for the catalog you are using in the design. Make sure to size it properly; it helps with the realism of the design.
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