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Good design is about so much more than the pretty pictures and decorations. Today, we’re talking about a few details about our design process.
As a design firm, getting to know your client well is essential in helping them bring their vision to life, and although each project is unique, there are a few questions we always like to ask before starting a project.
If you are working on designing or remodeling your own home, or looking to hire a designer, this post is for you!
Here are a few questions we suggest asking your client (or yourself) before starting a project:
How would you describe your style?
Pinpointing a style or aesthetic can be easier said than done, but we’ve found that it helps start compiling photos or sources that draw you in or catch your eye.
Once a few items of inspiration are gathered, it can be easier to find a common thread of design elements. Digging deeper into what you or your client is drawn to and why will help you start defining a style and selecting the features you want to include in your design.
What is the overall goal for this space?
“What is your goal for this project?” may seem like a simple question, but understanding the intention behind a project contains many factors beyond a room’s primary function.
We like to ask questions about everything from a day in day out use, to how our client envisions themselves living in this space. When it comes to where you spend your time, no detail is too small. Lifestyle informs every decision we make, from materials used to furniture layouts. Plus, these kinds of questions will help you start eliminating pieces or elements that may not work.
What is working for you in your current space?
Whether you’re remodeling or moving into an entirely different space, it’s important to consider which parts of your home you love and want to keep. It can be anything from your favorite furniture piece to a functional element that you want to be sure to incorporate.
What isn’t working for you in your current space?
Just as it’s important to consider what does work for you in your current space, it’s good to consider what doesn’t work for you. Maybe you need more storage space, or you’re dreaming of higher ceilings. Regardless, identifying what doesn’t work is another good way to start the process of decision making.
What are your main priorities for this project?
Everyone has to narrow down their priorities and decide what they love most and what best works in their space. For some, it’s natural light; for others, it’s a finish or material. It’s ideal to have a clear idea of what you want to prioritize in your project early so that you make sure to make room spatially and in your budget and timeline.