Once you’ve decided you could do with a little help from someone (link to How do I know if I need an interior designer) who knows their way around Interior Designing, and you’ve convinced yourself this doesn’t have to be an expensive proposition (link to Think interior design is only for the wealthy?), it’s a good idea to get down to the bells and whistles of the job on hand, and one of the most frequently asked questions, right at the outset, is “How long is this going to take?” and the only honest answer I have for this is, there is no fixed answer. Here’s why.
It’s hard to arrive at an average duration because the time taken over the interior design process depends on so many different factors. Most obviously, the size of the space and the scope of the assignment. Maybe you just want to redecorate a small room? Or maybe you want to entirely do-over your entire home. By nature, these are two jobs of vastly differing complexity and therefore each call for an entirely different approach. This will consequently have an impact on the time it takes.
A typical Interior Design project broadly includes the following stages, starting with an initial meeting where I like to get a brief in as much detail as possible, to generating concepts and finally execution. Within these stages there maybe multiple smaller steps and action-points, depending on the scope we’re working with.
The initial meeting setsthe tone for what is to come. I usually like to take my time right at the start, to get to know not just what my clients are looking for, but also to get to know them. Like my brand name suggests, I believe in building Spaces WithPersonalilty, and one of the key ways or me to do that is to get to know my clients, understand their individual tastes, their personalities, what makes them tick, what excites them and what would be a functional practical output best suited for their lives. This helps me make the right concept, keeping in mind the client’s ideas as well as my inputs.
One of the definite requirements to smoothen the process of generating concepts is clarity in thought and ideas about the requirement. I have seen, and known this from experience, that the clearer the client is about what they want, the easier it is to generate a concept that brings that to life. Of course the expectation isn’t that you have a full-fledged plan worked out to the T, because that’s where I come in. But, it definitely helps if as a client, you are able to give me a clear sense of what you need and why. Tell me everything you can about the kind of life you will live in that particular space, what is important to you and why, and how you think redesigning it can make a difference to you. These are key elements in generating a design that is not just beautiful, but also functional and to your taste.
There are instances where clients may not know what they specifically need. In those cases, it’s likely that we may go back and forth, have several chats about it, till they and I both have a better sense of clarity. This is crucial to do at the outset so we are on the same page, as this enables me to deliver the best output. If we skip this step or rush into execution, it may lead to unnecessary redoing, reinventing the wheel and a lot of waste of time, effort and money for us all. This could also unnecessarily delay the design process. And quite frankly, it kills the joy of creating a space that is infused with positivity.
If, for whatever reason, you do not have a clear sense of what you need, I can help you arrive at it. Through a process of conversation, question and answers we can cull out that clarity. That’s where my expertise in working with clients looking for beautiful spaces comes in. However, this requires that you trust me, my capabilities and recommendations. It would be ideal if you are open to my suggestions, allow me the pleasure to stretch my creativity and skill and together we can arrive at the best solutions for you.
With these essential ingredients in place – clarity, openness and trust – generating concepts becomes very easy. From then on, execution depends on scope and complexity. But having a clear blueprint to work with, a solid concept from which to move forward on, is half the job done.
If you have a desire to bring in your personality into your living or work space, let’s chat about it and see how best we can make that a reality. I promise we’ll have fun!