5 things to prepare before meeting an interior designer, Lifestyle News
I remember my first meeting with an interior decorator (ID) in her company. I hadn’t given it much thought except for a quick Google search of potential companies to work with.
All I knew then was that my Build-to-Order apartment would be ready in a few months, and it was time to start planning renovations if I wanted to move in as soon as possible.
And as an enthusiastic first-time owner, I walked into the meeting with no expectations and no prep work.
Fortunately, the representative I spoke with was kind enough to walk me through the process, and I came away with a better understanding of what was needed to make future discussions more productive.
If that sounds like you, there’s no need to make the same mistakes I did. Consider preparing the following items in advance before the first meeting to get the most out of them!
1. Create a mood board
If a picture is worth a thousand words, imagine what a collage can do.
Whether it’s Instagram posts, a Pinterest board, or just old scrapbooks full of magazine clippings, start compiling all the interior looks you love.
It’s also helpful to categorize them by space – think bedroom, living room, bathrooms and kitchen.
By the end, you’ll probably figure out what your favorite themes are, and it’ll also be easier to convey your ideas to IDs.
2. List your needs
Take the time to think about your lifestyle and how your future home will best serve it.
For example, do you need a lot of storage space and prefer a dressing room concept? Or do you cook a lot and enjoy entertaining guests?
Prepare a long list of these things and prioritize them for your ID, so he or she can come up with a thoughtful design that speaks your language.
3. Study your floor plan and bring it
Now that you have an idea of your preferences, it’s time to carefully review your floor plan and think about the feasibility of the ideas for your living space.
Will it require a complete overhaul, extensive carpentry or minimal renovation? These are just a few things to keep in mind when discussing your plans with ID.
And be sure to bring a printed copy and an electronic copy of the floor plan for your meeting – it provides useful information (such as the location of load-bearing walls) that IDs can work with.
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4. Budget and schedule
This is the part that gets a little boring, but it’s still important.
There are two things to think about here – your budget for the project, as well as the timeline for it.
Letting ids tell how much money you’re willing to spend helps them come up with a workable proposal; and by advising them on your ideal move-in date, they will also be able to advise you on the possibility and work with you to establish a realistic project schedule.
5. Keep an open mind
That said, the one thing I did right was keep an open mind.
After all, the whole point of hiring an ID is to tap into their professional expertise, so go ahead and bring your ideas to the table and see what comes of it.
For all you know, you might end up gaining new insights and falling in love with clever design changes or themes you hadn’t considered before.
All the best for your renovation journey!
This article was first published in wonderwall.sg.