To put it simply, you and your team need to get along, communicate clearly, be good mutual listeners and respect each other's perspectives and opinions. It can take a little time to arrive at a place of balance where a client's vision is interpreted successfully to their Interior Design team. That investment is time (and money) well spent.
The front end of your project time line is where everything about your project vision – from the pragmatic and obvious to the nuanced and aesthetic ‑ needs to be thoroughly discussed. It is that raw, essential information and insights that give your Interior Design team what they need to synchronize what you have in mind. That’s where they start! That’s the platform from which they develop the design concept that your design vision evokes.
Everything, from style and thematic considerations to the forces of color, light and textures, begins to converge. You and your Interior Designer begin to formulate and finalize the scope of the project and the spirit of the design that will become your interior environment – be it an all-new design creation, an existing site transformation or a simple site enhancement.
It’s best to honestly and openly explore early concerns or doubts about interpersonal comfort zones. Your Interior Design team will be sensitive to typical “red flags!” In preliminary discussions they will be observing the manner in which you proceed from choices to decisions. They will be sensing the personal dynamics between business associates or partners and among family participants. They will be noticing the interplay between executives and staff – all, of course, where relevant to the project process.
Personalities do matter to your project process when it comes to communication styles, focus, continuity, follow-through and consistency. Those personal disciplines all have ripple effects when your Interior Design team evolves the project and becomes clusters of sub-teams! If the water at the top gets rough, it works its way all the way down the line – and can create a tsunami. True, nothing is perfect, but let’s strongly strive for reasonable!
Getting along as mutually invested professionals with a common interest and goal – like any successful coalition –is a conscious commitment and a vital component of your project plan.
Robert Boccabella, B.F.A., Certified Interior Designer
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