It’s so important to ensure you are ready to work with a designer. If you’re investing in this process you want to get the most out of it. A great working relationship means an open flow of communication between the designer and the client. Honest feedback, regular updates and respectful use of each other’s time will mean an enjoyable process with beautiful outcomes. So here are my top 5 things to think about when working with a designer:
Be clear on your goals
This will all make up the brief phase. Really think about the main drivers for your project. Are you creating more space for a growing family? Do you need more storage than your current home provides? Is your goal to try and make your home feel brighter and more spacious? There are literally thousands of drivers when it comes to re-working a space. Be clear on what you need and this will all get captured in the brief.
Be open about your budget
Right from the outset don’t be afraid to reveal your comfort levels in terms of spend. Your designer is there to both guide you on if your budget meets your expectations in the brief and then also to design to your budget level. We see a lot of costings through our processes so we generally have a feel for where your budget should sit.
Really think about your design style
I always have my client prepare an inspiration board in Pinterest or Houzz. At least 20-30 images depending on the size of the project and how many different rooms we are designing. Take your time to do this, and not every image has to be perfect. There may be an element of a room that you like. I use this tool to refer back to again and again as I’m pulling together the Moodboard at the beginning of my process right through to the smaller selections later on.
Keep things moving, be available
I find it so difficult if my clients aren’t available for review meetings, showroom visits and general feedback session. If a month or so passes between meetings in a process detail can get lost, you become less of a priority with your designer and your project may not be given the focus you would like. Up front your designer should communicate what is expected of you in terms of availability, number of meetings and timescales. Of course things come up, and life events can take over sometimes but if this is the case communicate it as early as possible. I tend to document ‘pause’ notes when a client needs some time out. This means when we’re ready to pick up again I have everything ready to go and nothing is lost from the work we’ve already done together.
Make decisions in good time
It’s always good to have a deadline for decision making. I find sometimes if my clients have too much time procrastination can set in and swaying between decisions can be a problem. Your designer should be able to support you through their process to have the confidence to make timely decision on finishes, floor plans, fixtures and furnishings. I like to think that my process is supportive enough to allow you to come to natural decisions that don’t feel rushed but do keep us on track. And if you can’t decide hand it over to your designer to do it for you!
I really hope that this helps, hearing from the other side of the fence on what works and what doesn’t. I love my industry and working with my wonderful clients, and so anything that makes the experience a great one is worth talking about. Reach out if you want to chat about your renovation, I’m here to help: [email protected].