These steps outline how we approach designing the “perfect space”. Although different spaces may require different steps (e.g. a kitchen or bathroom), this overview will give you an idea of how we approach each project.
Step 1: Determine the space’s function
When designing the perfect space, the first thing to do is decide on its function. Is this space a dining area? If so, how many people will be able fit at the table on an average day? Do you entertain guests? How often do you entertain guests? Or maybe you’re designing a bedroom. This will be the master bedroom? What size bed would you need? Is there enough space for you to sleep in this bedroom?
Step 2: Measure and Visual Implementation
Measure the space to create the ideal room. This does not just refer to the space’s overall length or width. This includes every nook and cranny, every bump out, and every spot that could take up space on the ceiling or floor. The space is then measured and entered into a computer program to create a 2D aerial perspective. AutoCAD and Revit are the most common software used by Interior and Architectural firms. We can see the finished floor plan and understand the spatial recognition, overall clearances, and volume/scale of the pieces.
Step 3: What inspires you?
The third step involves determining your inspirations, as a client. This step is usually broken down into two parts. Imagery. We let our clients pick imagery they like and those they don’t like. This allows us to understand why people like or dislike a particular space. These images are taken and we look for patterns in the images. Are there any common themes, colors or “vibes” in the images they have chosen? These similarities are then used to inspire the final design. Textiles. We complete the second step by doing a visual psychoanalytical session with the client. We show them a wide range of wallcoverings and fabrics in different textures, colors, and patterns. Then, we ask them to give us an immediate reaction to each one. Instead of asking them to choose which options they like, we ask them to tell us what their gut response is. We can understand their tactile and visual preferences by analyzing their reactions to each textile. This step allows us to help our clients trust their instincts when it comes down to design. They don’t need to choose where or how a particular textile will be used, but they can decide if they like it or not. Our clients are encouraged to trust professionals such as. We are responsible for determining which application is the best.
Step 4: Let us know what you’re working with – via your budget.
This step is as crucial as any of the others. We tailor the design to suit the client’s budget and comfort level. We choose furniture pieces, fixed finishes, lighting, and other items that are appropriate for the client’s needs. We choose furniture pieces that are in line with the price and quality. If the budget is not appropriate for the quality that they expect, we will not promise to create something unrealistic.
Step #5: Bring it All Together
We often begin at the bottom of a space to create a design. Then we work our way up. If we are starting in a family space, we choose the grounding force, which is the area rug. Next, we move on to the furniture pieces, which will be layered on top of the rug. Finally, we go to the wall, window treatments, and art pieces. A room is designed like a building block. This ensures that each piece fits together and every detail is thought through. The client wanted a space that could comfortably seat 4-8 people. First, we select a sofa design. Next, we choose the right size, fabric, cushion density, foot style, and finish for that sofa. Next, it’s onto the sofa pillows …. Which fabric combination is the best? How big will each pillow be? Each pillow will have a particular trim or detail. Once we have established these details, we can move on to the next piece.