Clients hire interior designers to make their spaces both beautiful and functional. The design isn’t always picking paint colours and pretty fabrics; most often it is about creative problem solving and helping clients find real solutions to their needs and wants. There can be many problems with interior design and as the designer understands what the client is looking for, we will often ask ourselves some questions to make sure we are staying on target.
How will this space be used primarily? Will the solutions offered to the client fit within the budget and scope of work? Will the design enhance the user’s overall experience in the space?
Never is a project without its headaches and dilemmas – that is job security for those in our profession! Recently, we have faced a real-life dilemma with a client’s spare room. The design brief is as follows:
Much like Tetris, space planning is a game of making all the units fit together perfectly. We are often tasked with challenging space planning and adore it, everything from a room with only one window to how to fit in an extra bathroom.
The room before had struggled to cope with all the tasks it needed to simultaneously complete. Meaning that the owners often felt like it did none of the functions very well.
Problem solved and everyone is ecstatic! Right?
We do our best to address every doubt and worry that comes our way, but what happens when space is mid-project and the client is unhappy? In this case, the cabinet doors on the bed are not as visually appealing when opened, but because of the strict space constraints, options are incredibly limited. What steps can we take to make sure the client is going to be happy with our services and advice?
Example: There were specific measurements for the desk area and adjacency to the window was incredibly important. Other options for the layout were explored but not without sacrificing items the client was clear about needing
Example: The room’s first priority is to act as an office area. Since the bed is only being used for a small fraction of the time, the idea to keep it hidden away provides a more open layout for a larger majority of the time.
Example: By not having all the elements in the room, it is understandably hard to visualise the final project. As a designer, we are trained to look at the space and know how space will be taken up. Additionally, it is important to explain to the client that the photos of room designs seen online and in magazines exist only because of the extensive hours of styling and restyling a shot; very rarely does this perfection exist in real, everyday life.
By setting expectations, realistic goals and providing our clients with the knowledge of what goes on behind the scenes, we take every step to ensure the homeowner that their money and time are incapable and trustworthy hands.
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