One of the most important things a designer can do in the first meeting is listen and observe.
Smart designers follow your direct requests for your project, and then do a little reading between the lines too. The more information you can give us about your wants and needs, the better. However, we do like a little “creative freedom”.
One of the most important things you can do before meeting with a designer for the first time, is determine the scope of your project.
There will always be a little massaging/adjusting here, but if you know up front what areas you want to focus on, and if you’ve determined a realistic budget, then it becomes a lot easier to describe the outcome you want.
Ask yourself questions like: What is the purpose of this space? Do you want to entertain in this space? Does everything need to be pet and child friendly? What colour palette speaks to you the most? What style would you enjoy seeing in this space?
Every designer can tell you a story about the time they attended a design consultation where the client didn't provide any direction at all. They want us to come in and tell them what’s wrong with their space and how to fix it.
Without knowing what you want to achieve, and the parameters of your project, in fairness that is really an unrealistic expectation. The designer may suggest that you should gut the place and start over. Or, they may recommend painting the house, when you’ve just finished a paint job.
Having an open discussion and sharing ideas is a good thing, but producing the design direction right there on the spot, is really not the best way to design a project. Thoughtful consideration and careful planning make for the best end results.
It’s a much more successful meeting for all parties concerned if, instead, you are prepared with your scope, your budget, and your goals, and the designer does a lot of listening.
That being said, there’s a fine line.
It’s important not to get too hung up on every little detail you want in your project, your grand wish-list. If you get too specific, too attached to each element and detail you’re requesting, then you might as well not have a designer.
In order to take advantage of the design direction and creativity you are expecting from a designer, and will be paying for, and to benefit from the ideas that you wouldn’t have thought of yourself, you need to provide a little room for the designer to do their thing.
If you’re getting ready to call a designer, the more info you can share about what you want, the better. Just remember that the real value in hiring a designer comes when they have some room to create something unique, just for you.
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The Queensland Interior Decorators Association (QIDA) has a dynamic group of members who are available for either commercial or residential interior decoration and/or design services. They have acquired the art of decorating for commercial or residential environment, using colour, texture, paint, fabric, furniture and fittings to fashion a desired home or work environment.