Wanna know how I get things done? While there’s definitely creativity involved, there’s also a system behind it all. Creating a custom interior design concepts is a lengthy process that involves a million decisions but it begins with:
I begin with the details; room type, dimensions, door and window placement and existing furniture and fittings. Once I have this information I can sketch a floor plan and begin to visualise……
I give my clients fun and easy homework to complete using a specifically designed questionnaire. The answers help me determine the clients priorities, style preferences and expectations.
I also create a secret board on Pinterest for my clients and ask them to pin images that appeal to them adding comments about why. Pins are definitely not limited to interiors, I ask that they include any and all subjects that capture their attention.
These are my starting points to begin planning the project and working towards supplying the advice that enables the client to implement the design concept on their terms, budget and timeframe.
The next step is refining the ideas and creating an Inspiration/Storyboard of images that provides colours, textures, patterns and styling ideas that will mentally stimulate the feeling or idea for the space. I normally give clients a glimpse at this point to ensure we are on the same page. I then move onto creating a detailed list referencing design elements, principles and styling tips that can be put into practise to transform the idea into reality.
The Storyboard alone is perfect for those who are confident in their ability to decorate but need both style ideas and boundaries. Do you regularly walk into interior stores and love a multitude of things but walk out with nothing because you can’t decide how to tie it all together?
Using an inspiration board as a design tool provides you with clear visual direction. In addition, creating a room this way means you will end up with a space that is distinctly yours, a room that reflects your choices and one that evolves over time.
There are many more aspects to creating a complete custom design concept but this is the starting point……..