How to Present Your Ideas to Your Interior Designer

Your vision of their space is the starting point of every project. From here, your interior designer will work his/her way to the finish line. For them to come up the best design solutions, they must understand who you are, what you like, and exactly what direction your project is headed. And to keep your project from going the wrong direction, you must present your ideas in a clear fashion.

Learn how to organise your thoughts before you present it to a design pro. Follow the steps below and you might get exactly what you want from a designer and the final design:

Collate design ideas in a board

Gather inspirational photos and put them all in a mood board. This will make the conceptual phase of your project more manageable. It will help you and your designer understand your personality, tastes, and the vibe you want to evoke. It will give the designer an initial idea of what will and will not work for you.  

Your mood board could be a physical board with cutouts of pictures and sample materials or a digital board like Pinterest or Houzz. Do what’s convenient for you.

Label the photos

A mood board can contain up to a hundred photos. Label each photo to help you remember why you liked a design in the first place. Take note of all the things that you admire in a photo in your mood board. Indicate whether it’s a want or a need. This is one way to communicate your priorities to the designer.

Write design brief

If you’re certain about what you want, write it down so it doesn’t get lost. Tell a story — a walkthrough of your home based on what you can imagine. Not sure how to begin? We have a guide to help you write a good design brief. Show this to your designer. We’re certain that the information you put in here will help him/her build your dream space.

Discuss your developing idea

If you still haven’t built an image of your space in your mind by now, do not worry. You hired an experienced and skilled designer. We’re sure that he/she will come up with a solid plan.

Let me tell you a story as an example. Once we had a client who had no clear idea of what she wants. She had this huge vintage decor that she doesn’t want to let go. So, our designer made it the focal point of her living room and decorated around it. She loved the results.

Learn how to let go

Not all the exciting ideas you have in the beginning will transpire in the final design plan. There are ideas that won’t work with the others. You will need to let go of them even if you completely fell in love with the idea.

Normally, it’s the interior designer who will suggest the best design move to do. Trust them. All they want is for you to live in an uncomplicated and comfortable space.

Maintain a positive and productive relationship

Always be polite and honest with your interior designer. If something is not gelling with you, tell them immediately. Don’t wait for the project to finish before you re-evaluate the work done!  

Email them if you’re not comfortable with approaching them personally first. Make sure that all the agreed changes occur in writing. It’s your insurance in case another misunderstanding happened. If the designer continues to push through the things you don’t like, chances are you haven’t been clear about what you want or if you have been misinterpreted (again).

You are the client and you are paying for the skill set and creativity of an interior designer, but the vision must come from you. Make your goals clear from the very beginning and you are least likely to drive this project in the wrong direction.