Today on the AMR | Design Blog, we discuss some practical ways that you can prepare for your initial Interior Design Consultation.
This consultation is a necessary part of starting our relationship off right with transparency, clear expectations and great communication.
The design consultation is an important part of our process because it allows you to see Brenda as her authentic self and how she works. She will go with you room by room and give you advice on how to best reach the goals you have for your home. Every project that AMR takes on begins with this Design Consultation.
What does a design consultation include?
Some things we discuss during our design consultation are:
- Your goals for your home
- Preliminary budget
- Project schedule
- Space planning and layout
- Products and finishes
- Using items you already own to create a new look
- Recommendations on our preferred vendors
7 Ways to Prepare for Your Design Consultation
1. Know Your Goals
If you don’t know what your goals are for your home, we can help you figure that out but it is a good idea to start thinking about why you are hiring an Interior Designer in the first place. Do you host friends and family in your home often and need more space to entertain? Are you looking to create a serene hideaway in your master bedroom? Do you need more storage and organization?
Whatever your goals are, we can help you get there.
2. Come with a Budget
Having an idea of what you want to spend before meeting with an interior designer is a good way to start the relationship off with complete transparency.
You wouldn’t go and buy a house with no budget in mind, so why renovate that way?
3. Have a Process for Decision-Making
Are you making all the choices yourself or will you be making decisions with someone else as well (spouse, children etc.).
If possible, it is a good idea for all decision makers to be present at the meeting so their voices are heard and we can eliminate extra costs associated with having to communicate the same information twice (or three or four times….)
4. Open Your Awareness to Your Daily Routine
Living in your home with intention and mindfulness will help you figure out what works and what doesn’t.
Do you have a spot to put your keys when you walk in the door? Does the layout of your kitchen allow for intuitive workflow? What do you love about your space and what bothers you?
Being mindful in your home will help you create the “must-have” list for what needs to be changed and what needs to stay the same.
5. Be Honest in Sharing Your Habits and Needs
The relationship between designer and client can become quite intimate… so it’s okay to share with us some of those inner workings of your life that will help us design the best home for you. This is personal and we offer a judgement free zone.
Need a magazine rack in the bathroom? Or a space to grab your coffee before even getting out of bed? No problem (we are coffee addict ourselves…)
Let’s get a solution that works for you and your habits.
6. Discover Your Style Preferences in Advance
Do you know how to define your style? Chances are, you’re not quite sure or you wouldn’t be here.
Humans are visual beings and pinterest.com can be a great place to look for inspiration. You can search through pictures of all different styles of interiors and save pictures you like to share with us at our design consultation.
You can also go and look at builder show homes in your area, take pictures of your friend’s homes or public buildings that inspire you. All of these are great ways to start narrowing down a style that will fit for you.
7. Bring an Open Mind!
An open mind in interior design is absolutely essential.
We can’t tell you how many times we have had a client on the fence about a particular element of our design plan, only to have that be their favorite part when the design is final.
Interior designers have the ability to see the WHOLE picture and it is important to have faith in our ability. We would never leave you with a home you were not satisfied with- our goal is always to wow you when you walk back into your completed space.
Bonus Tip: Eliminate Distractions
We live in a world that is full of distractions – facebook, instagram, text messages, emails, phone calls… It can be helpful to try and keep distractions to a minimum during our design consultation.
After all, this is a service you are paying for, so let’s get your full money’s worth!
Beginning an interior design project is an exciting time and we love helping our clients create their dream homes.
We hope you find these tips helpful and that you feel prepared to make your design consultation the best it can be.
Can’t wait to get your own project off the ground? Click here to schedule your design consultation!
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