expert advice on getting your interior design project off to the best start
Where Interior Design is concerned though, our designers know a thing or two about getting the ball rolling, and helping you to clarify what you need and want from your project in order to make it a success. So if you are overwhelmed by ideas and are not sure what to prioritise, or are feeling a little intimidated by what is ahead of you, read on and by the end of this article you should be able to give your project the direction it needs.
form follows function
A UNIVERSAL TRUTH
When beginning an interior design project, this is the most important thing to remember if you want to create a liveable space that will support your lifestyle and be enjoyable to be in.
It is all too easy to be seduced by glossy images in magazines, or inspirational Instagram shots, and set out trying to recreate a look in your own space. More often than not, you will find that maintaining the appearance that initially drew you in will not be sustainable or the reality of living in the space will take far more energy than it brings.
That doesn’t mean that you should forget about aesthetic styling all together. Just take care to think about “will it work?” first and “what will it look like?” second.
STYLE VS. TRENDS
We would recommend letting your sense of style take the lead when making decisions around investment pieces that need to stand the test of time, or those with a higher price tag attached. If you have a particularly strong sense of style, or are focused on achieving a timeless design, you can skip the next section…
a sign of the times
If you are considering purchasing a higher priced trend-led piece, it is important that you have considered how you will feel about it in a few years’ time when fashions have changed. For most people, it is best to focus on using smart styling, where the investment level is typically lower, to keep your space on trend.
IDENTIFY YOUR KEY ASPIRATIONS
Some key points to consider are:
- What do you want the space to be used for?
- Who will be using it?
- What features are the most important to you?
- What are your stylistic aims?
- What do you want to keep and what do you want to change?
It is a good idea to write these down and refer to them throughout the design process to help you keep track of the things that really matter.
Decide on the level of investment you want to make
Considering this question, alongside your proposed budget, will help you to establish how best to spend your money. In some areas it may be worth spending a little more in order to get a great, high quality, result that will last – short term pain for long term gain. In this situation, it is often a false economy to scrimp on the budget, and it would be more cost effective in the long run to invest in a higher standard of design.
On the other hand, if you know that the end result has a limited shelf life, there may be savings to be made by selecting a more affordable option that is not designed (and priced) to last far longer than you will need it.
Tip: You don’t need to be too picky about this, as by gathering a wide range of material you may discover common factors – or details that appeal to you, that you didn’t recognise before.
Collating your images into moodboards will help you to refine your stylistic ambitions. They are also a great tool to help you commincate your vision with any collaborators or professionals that you work with.
Need a little help? Why not see if there is anything in our Project Library that catches your attention.
WHERE TO GO NEXT
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