So, here they come:
- What is the function or purpose of the space to be designed? The answer may seem simple if you’re redesigning your kitchen, but even then the designer will want to know if both you and a partner cook together, or if you’re a solo cook. Do you entertain? What do you cook often? (e.g. pasta dishes, baked goods, three course meals, etc.)
- What do you love about the space/room you’re changing?
- What do you dislike about the space/room you’re updating?
- What colors do you love?
- What colors do you dislike?
- Is your space multi-functional? If so, how do you want it to function?
- How much traffic does your space get?
- Will other adjoining rooms be affected?
- Will there need to be a new lighting design?
- If the answer to #5 is yes as it often is, then how will that effect your current electrical in your home?
- Are there special elements that you must have in the plan? If you want to create a media room, then you’ll want your designer to know your expectations regarding size and sound of pieces. If you have a collection of antiques you want featured, then be certain to explain that to your designer.
- Do you want the space to be expanded, to remain the same. or contracted?
- Do you want to create a certain mood or feel in the room? Often people like lots of different styles, and they have to narrow it down to what will work with their lifestyle. While you love modern minimalist, you really want a Spanish Revival feel in your home.
- Is there a picture or something you’d like to use as the inspiration for this new space? If you have a piece of art, a fabric from a favorite chair, a picture from Houzz that you love?
- What’s your budget for the space? Home owners tend to want to hedge on this, but it’s vital that you’re honest and forthright with this question. It’s very easy to get carried away and exceed spending limits. By discussing your budget with your Interior Designer you will have someone else in your corner to help you plan accordingly so you can get the end results you desire.
Communication is imperative. Hiring an interior designer can be one of the most rewarding decisions you will ever make. When the designer and client know what to expect from each other from the onset, the results will be nothing short of spectacular and enjoyable. Effective communication is the cornerstone on which you are 100% satisfied with your finished project.
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