Transforming Your Home With a Designer That Understands You
Collaborating with an interior designer can be an exciting and fulfilling experience. It's a chance to see your home in a new light and bring your vision to life. But what happens when your designer’s ideas don’t quite align with yours? It's important to remember that a designer’s role is to bring their expertise and fresh perspective to the table. However, it’s equally important to ensure that your personal style and preferences are reflected in the final design.
“The first meeting with your designer can be a lot of fun, but it is also your most important. We take detailed notes throughout the meetings and Kate reimagines those spaces based on the parameters we are given.” says Timeless Design project manager Joshua Towber, “We often joke that we can only assume a client is of sound mind when they are expressing their goals for a project. So, it is important that the client is transparent from the get-go and that all decision makers are present to stay on the same page in real-time.”
One way to merge your ideas with your designer is to establish clear communication and set expectations from the start. Share your vision, likes, dislikes, and specific requirements or constraints. Be open to feedback and suggestions from your designer but also communicate when you disagree or feel strongly about something. A good designer will listen and incorporate your input into the design.
“I am there to 'get' the client - understand their lifestyle, challenges, likes, and dreams for their home.” says Kate FitzGerald-Wilks.
Another approach is to find a middle ground between your ideas and the designer’s. Compromise may be necessary to achieve a balanced and cohesive design. Your designer may suggest alternative options that still align with your vision but also address practical concerns, such as budget, functionality, and space limitations. Remember, the goal is to create a space that reflects your personal style while also incorporating the expertise and creativity of your designer.