How to prepare for a fruitful Interior Design Consultation?

Interior Design Consultant

A Residential interior designer carefully balances a mix of natural textures with unique and well-blended textiles, curating vintage finds with contemporary elements. Modern interior design encompasses much more than determining which pillows and drapes bond the room altogether. Even though these selections still matter. Interior design is both science and art! It is all about how our brains and bodies respond and react to the space around us. And the work of an interior designer in Annapolis is to mould those sensations or feelings in an optimistic direction that makes someone want to devote time in a room. Here are some tips on how you should prepare for a fruitful Interior Design Consultation.

1. Telephonic Conversation

You can start with a phone conversation to gather initial information and determine if DCID may be able to meet your design needs. If both you and the interior design company agree to move forward, then schedule a site review. This is generally an in-home or virtual consultation to assess your needs and provide direction for your project. There your wants, needs, wish list, goals and budget are discussed.

2. Preparing before the meeting

Before the meeting, have an open dialogue between household partners. Discuss the scope of work, priorities and goals and ensure there is agreement on the points that are important to each partner. Make a list of questions to discuss with me to ensure all of your questions are answered. It’s not essential, but collecting visuals of rooms, design elements, colors, or pieces that you like or are drawn to is helpful. Pinterest and Houzz are both great tools for capturing ideas for your project. You can also pull ideas from magazines and books. Sharing these with us during the meeting is beneficial.

3. Consultation

Once a consultation has been scheduled for your preferred service, you will have to meet the interior design consultant at your home or via video conference (depending on the service selected) to discuss the details of your design needs and determine how they can help bring your vision to life. Be in touch with the interior design consultant to confirm the consultation and request any additional information needed in advance.

4. Design Concept

Once they have all information needed including floor plans, inspiration photos, Pinterest boards, budget, etc. they will schedule a design kick-off meeting with you to discuss your preferences and goals for the design. From there, they start with the layout and design direction. Then, they bring the layout to life with design boards and renderings that include options for color palettes, furnishings, finishes, fixtures, etc. (depending on the scope of your project). It is important that before selecting materials and purchasing that everyone is collectively aligned on an approved concept for every space they are designing.

5. Project Details

Once a design concept is approved, the interior design company will detail out the design and pull together finalized quotes for your approval. This includes specification of furnishing/decor and selecting the construction materials that bring the approved design to life. This could include sourcing and purchasing flooring, slabs, paint, furniture, lighting and plumbing fixtures, window treatments, appliances, etc. To ensure all projects are executed as intended, they purchase and make arrangements for all materials associated with the design on your behalf by partnering with a host of trusted vendor partners. Upon the completion of this phase of work, they will be ready to prepare for construction and/or final install (if applicable).

6. Project Execution

Once all details are finalized and all items are ordered, they will begin executing all aspects of the installation and final styling. On renovation or new construction jobs, this will include overall construction project management and coordination with your contractor.