How To Get the Most Out of the Interior Design Process

Each decorator or designer has a different process, but the basics are the same. Your decorator asks you lots of questions about what you like and want, they present you with a few different design schemes based on your responses, and then they start decorating! That sounds pretty simple, right?

I love that drawing floor plans and coloring them are part of my job. Kid goals = complete.

I love that drawing floor plans and coloring them are part of my job. Kid goals = complete.

It is, and it’s lots of fun! That being said, I know it can also be a little scary. Even though you have chosen someone that you know is awesome and “gets” you (read about choosing a decorator here), you still might have some hesitation and fear about what they’re going to create. After all, this is your home we’re talking about, and you're the one who's going to live with the decor every single day.

So, what is the best way to get a design you love that’s totally you?

Be Real!

This is probably one of the most important things you can do during this whole process. You gotta be you, friend. You’ve got to reach down deep inside and pull out those secret things you love, and tell your decorator all about it. Consider your decorator to be a bit of a "design psychologist", and open up! For instance, share your real favorite color. You don’t have to share only “safe” colors, in fear that your floors, ceilings and walls will be painted some cascading rainbow of crazy. That's not gonna happen when you've got the right person on your side!

There are so many colors, and so many ways to use them tastefully! Which one is your favorite?

There are so many colors, and so many ways to use them tastefully! Which one is your favorite?

Your decorator wants to make the design reflect your personal style, in a way that satisfies you and is livable. This means they take your taste, lifestyle, habits, hobbies, etc., into serious consideration. To do this well, most decorators will ask you questions about your favorite styles, but even further, your lifestyle. Some of them might feel pretty personal, but those are the questions that help us learn as much about you as we can! It’s lovely to design a living room with no television, but if my client admits to having a Netflix addiction, you can bet they’re going to want a living room that allows them to lounge about. They'll need lots of surfaces for snacks (and drink of choice), cozy places to chill, and a big television as the focus of the room. And I get to make it look good, too!

You Should Be Able to Trust Your Decorator

Remember, your decorator knows what they’re doing, and a trustworthy one isn’t going to make a circus out of your home. Your decorator will know how to incorporate your favorite colors, patterns, and textures into a cohesive design that reflects your taste. Whatever your style, from soft and neutral to bold and colorful, make sure you share that with your decorator.

While it’s really important to communicate what you want in lots of detail, it’s no fun for you to do all the work. Your decorator knows their stuff, knows where to shop, knows the tricks to saving money in the right places, and knows how to make everything come together. You’ve hired them for a reason, so let them do the work for you! They take the pressure off of you in coordinating everything, from how things look, to timing of purchases, delivery and installation. There’s A LOT of work that goes into designing a room, and I’ll talk more about that next week.

I love a table full of furniture catalogs! Here I've got (clockwise from top left) Juliska, Dmitriy & Co., Francesco Della Femina Furniture, kate spade new york home, another Dmitriy & Co. postcard, and House of Hackney London. I'll take something from each one, please!

I love a table full of furniture catalogs! Here I've got (clockwise from top left) Juliska, Dmitriy & Co., Francesco Della Femina Furniture, kate spade new york home, another Dmitriy & Co. postcard, and House of Hackney London. I'll take something from each one, please!

Ask Lots of Questions

Trusting your decorator comes from choosing the right one for you, but it also comes from asking questions. It's really likely that you’ll have some questions about the design and the process – and that’s totally normal. Honestly, good design challenges you to stretch your imagination; your decorator wants to give you something that says “Wow!”. And from that come lots of questions! Don’t be afraid to ask for an explanation about the process and design they've created. And if you're really uncomfortable with something, by all means, let them know!

A good decorator is a good listener, passionate about giving you something you love, and will always take you seriously. So be open, honest, and ask questions. If you can do that, you’ll have a great experience decorating your home!

Thanks, friends, for stopping by to chat! If you have any questions about the design process, or you're looking for a decorator, send me a note! Don't be shy - I'm so excited to help you on this journey to great design!

xoCarole