You’ve spent time and money renovating your home, so it’s natural to not want someone coming into your space to help you decorate it. But experienced interior designer is not there to overstep, rather to make your home and beautiful and as perfect as it can be without compromising your taste, personality, and budget. Here’s Cheryll Gillespie’s take on it.
Trust means everything
The most important ingredient in any relationship is trust. If you’ve hired an interior designer to help you decorate, renovate or build your dream home, then you have obviously done your due diligence, confirmed their abilities and track record within the industry.
You’ve started to build a relationship and trust has to be the glue that binds the two of you together. I’m not suggesting blind trust, but I am making the point that you need to let them take the lead. A designer should push you out of your design comfort zone, and ask you to take a risk or two. If they’re not suggesting ideas that surprise you or excite you, then you probably could have done the job yourself.
Don’t fear creativity
Creativity is about pushing the limits, doing something that hasn’t been done before and this takes trust- a leap of creative faith. As we work through the planning process with our clients, we keep them informed consistently and collaborate on all the important decisions, but every job has at least of moment or two where the designer is telling you to trust them, it will look great- have faith and let’s do it. This is the item, this is the chair, this is the ceiling detail or the wallpaper that will likely bring you the most joy and satisfaction when the space is completed.
You also have to trust yourself when you are designing. Whenever you second guess a colour or a piece of art or furniture you usually end opting out of an incredible creative opportunity and instead settling for the safe, less exciting and ultimately predictable choice. It will undoubtedly be nice, it will look compatible, but you won’t be saying wow! Trust your instincts, trust that gut feeling its usually bang on the mark for what the room needs.
Go for the wow factor
It’s the “wow’s” that we strive for, it’s the ‘wow’ that make us proud of our design talents and ensure that our homes are personable, unique and absolutely fabulous. When we are designing for our clients, we ensure we’ve installed at least one statement or signature element in every room, one unexpected moment or treat for the eyes, an unexpected pattern, colour or even a juxtaposition in style or genre, maybe even a piece that makes everyone laugh, or start a conversation.
Personally, I love listening to folks tour our personal home and exhale with enthusiasm as their eyes feast on an unexpected treat or something they have never seen before. It doesn’t always have to be something grand, it can be small in stature but it’s the surprise and unexpectedness that brings the greatest joy to us in our spaces.
To create remarkable spaces, it’s imperative that you have trust in yourself and in your design team. You won’t regret taking those leaps of faith- they will offer the greatest reward and ultimately create the most dynamic and interesting rooms that reflect your personality and nurture your spirit.
Are you ready to take a leap of faith and hire an interior designer to transform your home? Visit our directory to find dozens of specialists. Use our wide variety of tools – reviews, image and video galleries – to learn about the contractor(s) you’re about to hire. These will help you determine who you’ll feel comfortable working with, and help establish that trust before the itneriord esigner even walks through the door.