Anyone who has participated in an interior design project knows that there are hundreds of choices along the way! For instance, choosing carpet in favor of tile is just a beginning. Thereafter, follow all the subsequent choices for that carpet from multiple materials, textures, patterns, colors, under-treatments, coordination with other components, availability of all of those and then, cost, manufacture, delivery and installation. And that is just one element, the carpet, quite possibly for only one area!
Because the decisions are many, the choices myriad and the elements numerous (in any interior design project) your design team must have the important advantage of insight to their client’s preferences. That insight is gained and fine-tuned, over time, by getting to know their client’s tastes, favored color schemes, responses to materials and textures, etc. – and the budgeting parameters.
Concerning any imminent choice, your designer or team will make various selections from a vast library of options and present you with combinations and possibilities most likely to your taste. And, because there are so many options in today’s marketplace, there will always be more and more to choose from.
Your skilled professional will present you with targeted options that directly relate to your conversations, field trips, declared preferences and/or mandates of the site itself. Often a particular site contains characteristics that drive some choices. (For instance, a site with few windows offering natural light might indicate lighter color selections for that interior, and special lighting treatments to compensate.)
Especially in the beginning, but also throughout the project as well, your interactions with your design team will include a lot of inquisitive, exploratory dialog that is directly related to future choices. Your designer knows that time is money. When selections are presented to you for choices, they need to be relevant possibilities that offer you a variety of choices.
Too many choices -- or not enough? It is a balancing act that involves the best guidance of your professionals, with your likely preferences as the driving force. Striking that balance with wise suggestions -- as opposed to presenting a flood of far-flung-shots-in-the-dark – is part of the expertise you pay for!
Robert Boccabella, B.F.A., Certified Interior Designer
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Collaboration & Writing: Ms. Zoe Tummillo