An Interior Decorating Consult can be kind of scary because it’s uncharted territory, I know. Your house isn’t the condition you’d like it to be, a stranger is coming into your home, your head is swimming with questions to ask and things to remember to mention! I know how difficult it is because I’ve been there too.
Let me put your mind at ease now, this is why I’m here and why I created KH Home Design and Furnishings! Because let’s face it: If your house was in perfect condition, you wouldn’t need an Interior Decorating Consult. In fact, your house being in the condition it is allows us the foundation to make it into your dream home! You have questions so I’m here to answer them.
In case that isn’t enough, I’ve come up with a guide:
3 Steps to Prepare For Your Interior Decorating Consult!
There are a number of things you can do to prepare for your Interior Decorating consultation.
PLAN YOUR TIME.
Clear your schedule for two hours of time. While most projects will only require one hour, larger Interior Decorating Consult will take much longer. All homeowners or decision makers should be present at this time. Our consultations are into broken into five sections. No matter what Interior Decorator you’re working with, these five aspects will likely be covered in some form.
- Introductions: General pleasantries, getting to know you better, introductions, information about the Interior Decorator including credentials, about their business and themselves, etc.
- Contact: Gathering general information such as project address, best ways to contact you, appointment availability, etc.
- Project: Scope of work to be complete, rooms to incorporate, what purpose each room will serve, how it will be used, people who use the space and style of those rooms, etc.
- Design: Your vision, specifics of design style, formality, favorable colors, colors not to be used, preference of patterns, where to source from, furniture staying/purchasing, etc.
- Space: Walking through the space, point things out of notice, taking pictures and measurements of the space, etc.
MAKE A LIST.
You can’t go wrong having a list or many at that! Take a few days, walk through your space and note the changes you would like to make. Be sure you write down what you like and what you don’t like about the space as it exists. If you have ideas about certain things that you would like to see incorporated, write them down too. And probably one of the most important things to note are your list of questions! It’s a lot of homework, I know but I can guarantee you that any Interior Decorator will ask you all of these questions and having them prepared ahead of time will do you both wonders!
If your Design project is an addition, renovation or new build and you’ve already begun the process, bring a copy of your floor plans, as well as your Contractor or Architects contact information.
IF YOU DO NOTHING ELSE, DO THIS!
Pinterest is your Interior Decorator’s best friend, I promise you. Create a separate board and pin away! Go on Houzz and save some pictures! Tear through magazines and put sticky notes e v e r y w h e r e! You know how they say a picture is worth a thousand words? Well that applies in the design world too.
As Interior Decorators, we’re trained to see the commonalities amongst several pictures. I can see 5 pictures or 500 and know what finish of wood you like, color palettes, design style, window treatments, patterns, subtly or boldness, your personality and so much more! Searching through images will show you, as a homeowner, what you like and what you don’t like if you’re struggling or uncertain of your design style. Your Interior Decorator will thank you for doing this.
Following these three simple steps will help you feel prepared for your Interior Decorating Consult, run smoothly (but on time!) and help your Interior Decorator with your design going forward.
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