Homes have a visual story to tell and designers have been trained to help create that vision. When you’re starting to research your own personal wow factor for your home, some may find it easy-while others may struggle.
It is very easy to feel over whelmed by the amount of choices one needs to make within a single room, let alone an entire home. So instead of tackling the many elements and layers alone or asking your neighbors and distant cousins what they think. The best way to start off any project right-is by consulting a designer.
In today’s do-it-yourself, and “I-got-it” standpoints we feel that we can do it all and without any outside help from others! I understand that there is great amount of satisfaction that comes from completing projects on your own. But there can be just as many reasons that you may also need to have someone step in and give you that OBJECTIVE opinion. There is a BIG difference between just placing the sofa in the usual location with the appropriate adjoining chair: versus creating a presence or an atmosphere within that same given room.
The philosophy of design is more than creating a basic pretty room. The end result should be a room that feels like it was pulled together with time and a discerning eye. So many people are needing design direction but once that information is given they totally disregard it. Yes, I understand that there’re many variables that come into play when designing a room. Such as each other’s personal taste, or perhaps having a preconceived idea of what you thought the room should look like-then the designer taking you in a totally different direction. But what you really need to do is be able to do is TRUST!
So how can you as a potential client get the best design direction when working with a designer on a design project?
By being OPEN and stating the budget up front is the most important piece of information to share. A designer can help you at all budget levels, just be open to the fact that if your budget is on the smaller size that the designer might only be available to help you on a consulting basis.
Mutual RESPECT for all ideas shared by both the designer and the client. Especially knowing that time has been spent researching fabrics, frame styles and room layouts for each room assigned.
Be REALISTIC, so many times people have unrealistic ideas of working with a designers and what their money can buy. If your budget is tight then start with the basics…bed, sofa, chairs…etc. Then with time layer in the accessories and art.
We as a designers have the ability to visualize because we have designed hundreds of rooms. So TRUST is something that must occur. If the design is good…but you do not like a specific aspect of that design such as the colors selected…that can be changed. But as much as we have our finger on the pulse of design. Each room must be to your own taste and direction. There have been times when the client has insisted on a certain look over-riding the designer, only then to question something when completed.
The last one is we help you to SAVE TIME and MONEY. We work as your liaison between contractors to save you money and aggravation. We shop a global market place to bring you the buying power to bring and the best price. The goal is to make the entire experience be as smooth as possible, but because we are juggling so many moving parts, patience and understanding is needed.
As you can see you are the one that has total say and control over a given design project. A designer’s job is to be OPEN to hear your needs and wants and hopefully you as a client can be OPEN too. OPEN to hear about new ideas that you might not have considered for your given design project. When the words “I would have never thought of that”, is spoken during a design consultation that is music to any designer’s ears. That’s when we as designers know that we have done our job.