Do you have a vision for your project? If you closed your eyes and imagined a new space for yourself, what would it look like?
How detailed can you see? What is the first thing you notice?
Are you aware of how the light fills the space? or not? Are you in the room? or are you looking at the room? If you are in the room, what are you doing?
If you are doing something in the room, is everything how you want it, are you comfortable in the space?
To design a complete space, there are so many factors involved. Some things in your space may already be working, so in your vision, you may not notice their importance. This is a good thing, to know what is working, because these are things that you can start with. These are things that can save you money… IF you are aware of them!
Jumping into a project to change what isn’t working can have an effect on what is already working, in a negative way, making that a replaceable necessity. This is one way, projects become money pits!
It is important to note what is working. The next thing is to, objectively, look at what is NOT working. When looking at what is not working, objectively, you may see, that it really does work, just not in the way you thought it did. It may only need some slight adjustment, enhancement or reuse. Sometimes, by just knowing what else REALLY isn’t working, makes what you thought wasn’t working, work! (I know that was a complex thought, but, I think you can follow me)
Many of us are crippled by our emotional attachment to our spaces, we can’t visualize them. As a designer, I sometimes find I reach a stalemate on my own projects. It is because of the emotional attachment to what is there, or what I think SHOULD be there.
A design professional will assist you in discovering the answers to the important questions and help you fill in the gaps that are missing for you in your vision. Every designer has a unique perspective on design solutions.
When hiring a design professional, you want someone who is going to share with you objectively, a vision. The vision is formulated with information YOU share. You are the person who gives the information to the visionary. It is important that you know what you like and what you don’t like. It is your responsiblity to tell the visionary (your designer) this information. This is how a partnership is created in design. You have a need. The designer….. DESIGNS… the solution. The solution is based on the information and the clarity of that information provided by you, then, partnered with the skills and experience of the designer, he or she can create a solution that supports your physical/physiological, mental AND emotional needs.
Expecting a designer to tell you what you want to hear or make your decisions for you is an unrealistic expectation. That is not their job. A good designer is being paid for the service to provide you with objective, unbiased information about your project. It is important that you select a designer that has the same value system as you do. A fun and enlightening process, surely will lie ahead for you.
So, go ahead, close your eyes, tell me what you see…….