I’d like to share a secret with you.

Posted by Peter Brooks in Design Tips, Interior design on Apr 7th, 2011

I’d like to share a secret with you

How do we start the design process:

When I’m commissioned for a new design project, it usually begins by presenting a story board of sorts to the potential client and although not set in stone, this is a basic idea of what I think the overall design will look like.
The potential client will look through our portfolio, our references and past experiences.  Then the call or email will come in hopefully saying that we are hired!  Fantastic!

 I confidently meet with the client to discuss the project further – budget, schedule – and all the while in the back of my mind I’m thinking, here’s my secret;  I have no idea what I’m going to do, not a clue.
My confidence comes from knowing with out a doubt that I will find ‘a take off’.
A take off for me is an inspiration, a starting point.
Whether it’s a corporate client; an office space, reception area, boardroom or a residential project; kitchen, bathroom, it doesn’t matter – there is always a ‘take off’ point.
Let’s look at an example:
A client has a large empty dinning room, a blank canvas. First direction will be to determine style, is it contemporary, traditional, transitional, goth?
Next, the list: large dinning table, chairs, carpet, side board, lamps and accessories, wall paper, paint colour and drapery and of course the layout.
Now that we know the style, it’s time to turn to the inspiration to take off from. The client may have dinner ware that they like to use that has a pattern or specific style to it, or maybe they have a favourite art piece. Now we have the tools to create the design – the hunt is on.
I like to start from the ground up, the carpet.  Once the carpet is chosen then we can pull colours from that for wall paper, drapery fabric, upholstery fabric and paint colours, even accessories and art work.  Armed with some clear photos of the carpet, the fun part begins, let’s start shopping.

Here are a couple of things to remember. Make sure you ask the store about their return policy. Don’t be afraid to take things out on spec. You’d be surprised by how sometimes things that look great at the shop may not work in the space when you get them home. 7
Have fun with it!  Remember if you need any help, be sure to visit our ‘Tips & Advice’ section on our web site and let’s see what we can come up with together!

Peter Brooks | Live Your Life By Design