Isn’t it every homeowner’s dream to have his home designed by a professional? Yet the opposite almost always becomes his reality as the designing becomes a DIY project. The worst thing happens he realizes that his chosen design elements did not fuse to create a harmonious look.
Believe it or not, it is not difficult to pull off a designer project and you do not even need to spend a lot of money.
Making a Professional Concept Design
Licensed interior designers begin their tasks by having a brief meet up with their clients. From the ideas that they gather, then can begin conceptualizing the design based on the client’s preference.
Concept design is all about creating a vision and making this vision turn into something more concrete. Apart from your personal taste, you can also deepen your interior design know-how by perusing design websites and books. You can also look at images that you love such as pictures of yachts, galleries and hotels.
Familiarize yourself with the various interior designs that you see. Do you swoon over Art Deco, postmodern or contemporary design? Pick a theme that excites you keeping in mind that you are not limited to a single style.
The last part of conceptualization is setting the budget. While this is painful, you need to go through it nevertheless.
Create Dimensional Floor Plans
Go to your laptop and draw plans for each of the rooms in your home. This should save you from return trips to furniture shops just to ask for a replacement. Don’t think that floor plans can only be done by interior designers – with the right attitude and ka correct set of tools, you, too, can do it.
Begin by measuring the windows and walls then recording the measurements in a notebook. As soon as you have all the dimensions, key them in to a design software like SmartDraw or SketchUp then watch your floor plans materialize!
Creativity in Colors
Choosing the paint color that will be used on your walls should be your personal choice. Just consider if the color you choose will be used for a long time or just for a season. Paint can also be versatile enough to go through the changing design trends.
Color is probably the first element that visitors notice in a home so it becomes doubly difficult for homeowners to pick the most suitable color. Playing safe means using basic colors such as beige, white or black. To balance any of these colors, find colorful décor that matches your chosen theme.
Playing with Textures
Even when you have the most beautiful combination of colors, lack of texture could still spell a disaster. Wide open spaces such as a bare floor or blank wall could be used to liven things up in your home.
Use framed photos or paintings as creative displays on those bare walls. As for your bare flooring, just throw in a unique rug or runner and you will instantly change the ambiance in your home. Make sure that you do not exceed your creativity, though.
The next step is now to execute the designs that you created. Make a document which you need to call your project timeline. Professional designers come up with spreadsheets but you can also use pen and paper.
Down one side of this sheet, you need to put in the costs and the things that you need to do to achieve those costs. Fill in the gaps in order to create a deadline for every stage. Religiously follow the sequence of tasks such as finishing the wall paints and floor finishes prior to the delivery of furniture.
Factor in lots of time when you order furniture or when booking painting contractors. The final date has to be the most comfortable schedule for you or the designer to look at the finished project and still have ample time to do some last minute touch ups.