For many interior designers, the art of understanding how a room should or could be enhanced to be more aesthetically pleasing is a flare, a passion and most of the time a real gift. Not everyone can take a blank space, and achieve an environment that embraces a person’s taste, style, warmth and beauty.
Rob Lessmann, founder of contemporary interior design studio – Design’d Living – shares his top FIVE secrets that interior designers won’t tell you to achieve the look.
1 – They research their client
Residential properties take time to fine-tune and interior designs will often spend weeks studying their client to achieve the perfect space. Creating a vision that is aesthetically pleasing with the client’s tastes at the forefront of each design means every project is bespoke to that person. Taking the time to research who the person is, what their values are, where they’ve been, where they’re going and what their passion is are just some of the many elements to be considered before a designer will even consider drawing up various concepts.
2 – They plan everything
Planning a room as an interior designer takes time whether it be one single room or a whole home renovation. Although you may instantly know how it should look, understanding technical issues such as the placement of doors and windows is really important – as designs need to be considered not only for light but also access, footfall and interestingly, acoustics. Space planning is also important for the scale and size of large furnishings. The biggest mistake you can make is buying a sofa or dining table too big or small for the space. While space in a property is important to not feel too cluttered, you shouldn’t have your key furnishings looking lost. A drawn to scale floor plan can really help with ensuring you don’t spend money on items that don’t work.
3 – They use vision boards
Creating a vision board of styles that work is one of the quickest ways to see what a client likes and doesn’t like. An interior designer’s job is to see the space and bring to the table the client’s style and taste within that space, not the interior designers. Vision boards with contemporary or traditional style will quickly give you an understanding of where the drawing concepts need to go and what elements to focus on. Once you have your concept, the biggest task then is explaining how it will all come together.
4 – They know how to mix and maximize materials and finishes
Sourcing materials can be the most time-consuming part of the job, add to that creating bespoke woodwork, lighting or soft furnishings and sourcing the right people to create and fit them is even harder. Choosing the right quality materials will create a polished look that’s also timeless. Try not to follow trends too meticulously. Instead, focus on buying investment pieces that will add interest to the home and become more of a passion project over many years. Different finishes also add a luxe feel to a room, so rather than having a painted wall, look at different polished plaster finishes and add wooden textured slats to walls to enhance the room and its creativity.
5 – They know how to manage a project and multiple trades at once
Although interior design is a creative industry job, there is also a lot of long hours and juggling multiple projects with changing timescales and plans. Keeping on track of all partners and merchants involved is key to a successful project. If you’re to make structural changes to a space or install items that involve other construction trades, your project management has to be key. It is also important to have a firm understanding of construction and how each trade works with one another to ensure you understand the other elements involved such as health and safety regulations