by : Caitlin Stevenson | Interior Designer, Tailored HQ
The first consultation with your Interior Designer is the most important stage in the Design Process, as it establishes the foundations for the project and how both parties will work together. If you were to think of your project as similar to a good book – you want to make sure the first chapter tells us all of the important details about Who, What, When, Where and How.
If we are able to get a clear understanding of these elements, the process is so much smoother for both parties. So, here are a few things to ponder and jot down in a notebook (over a glass or two of red wine) to ensure you get the most out of your consultation.
The most important part of any design is to ensure that it WORKS for the people who use it day-to-day. In your consultation, we will ask plenty of questions to get an understanding of who is there, who visits frequently and generally, who we are accommodating in the design. We will also establish who is the main contact for the design (if there are multiple people involved)
Things to note down:
The What’s & Where’s
It might sound obvious but writing as many answers that you can to the question “WHAT DO YOU WANT US TO HELP WITH?” is extremely helpful to the process. It is very easy to use up all of your consultation time jumping from room to room, so to maximise what you and your designer will get out of the conversation a short, summary of each space and WHAT you want to happen is Key.
Things to Note down:
The When’s and How’s
Now that we’ve spent some time establishing the scope, the remaining items will be a discussion of
When: Including expected timeframes, Turnarounds for design elements.
How: We will discuss the budget and any other parameters that may impact the design and a brief chat of HOW we intend to bring the design to life. You will also receive a SCOPE OF WORKS document after the meeting more detailed notes on the whole project so don’t worry if you forget something or if we’ve run out of time.
Things to Note Down:
These five items will drive the direction of your design so they are worth discussing with all involved parties, prior to your consultation to ensure everyone knows what the expectations are that we can give you the absolute maximum value possible for your money.