Your home looks great! Is it better briefing or a bigger budget or a good designer?
Walls, being broken after they have been put up. A shade of paint you dislike. Your home, a mess for five months instead of the estimated three and then of course you find yourself spending way beyond what you had budgeted for. Clearly it is important to brief your interior designer right. But first, you have to pick the right person to work with.
Choosing a designer
You are going to be interacting with your designer almost every day for months so make sure you have get along well. Ask for some of his work, either in his portfolio or on site. Talk to him. See, if he understands what you want. How does he communicate his ideas?
Initial discussions are crucial to the final outcome. You have to communicate four things as clearly as possible. a) Who you are b) What you need c) Your ideas d) Your budget
Allow the designer to have an insight into your lifestyle, your likes and dislikes. This will help him design your home that truly reflects you personality.
Tell him what you really need
Make a clear list of all your requirements. Right from `space for a large easel` to `adjustable lighting`. Prioritize your needs. Discuss with family members. This gives the designer space to infuse your ideas with new colours, and to share his thoughts as well.
Be as clear as possible. Collect references from magazines and show them to the designer.
Stay flexible. Don`t turn into a walking talking manual of rules and regulations. Allow him to use his imagination. Brainstorming with your designer may trigger totally different and better ideas.
Decide on the Budget
Don`t hesitate to discuss the budget. Your designer is your professional, not a turnkey contractor, or the taxman. A professional will help you use your money wisely. Discussing your budget will help in better planning of your house.
Swear to yourself, and to your designer, that you will stay within your parameters and he will respect it. Lay down the terms and conditions right in the beginning.Trust your designer, help him unleash his creativity, and see your dream home coming true.