De­signs on in­te­rior joy

The Weekend Post - Real Estate - - Real Estate - JANE PINDER

EM­POW­ER­ING your in­te­rior designer can make the dif­fer­ence be­tween a home that looks good and a fin­ished project that is spec­tac­u­lar.

Designer Alex Honey, of Ster­ling In­te­ri­ors in Bris­bane, said work­ing with a pro­fes­sional could prove the dif­fer­ence be­tween a project that was well done and one that ended up on the scrap heap – and it was no dif­fer­ent in her in­dus­try.

Ms Honey said a home­owner “let­ting go” of a project and trust­ing the designer’s cre­ativ­ity and in­stincts was of­ten the hard­est thing to do, but es­sen­tial in get­ting the best re­sult.

“A designer is go­ing to take into con­sid­er­a­tion things that a home­owner prob­a­bly won’t know to do,” she said.

“I call them ‘un­seen’ things, such as pro­por­tion, con­sis­tency of line–things you know through ex­pe­ri­ence and train­ing. Things that make a room feel good to be in, that you don’t no­tice un­less you an­a­lyse it.”

Ms Honey said a designer had a new way of look­ing at things and the abil­ity to add con­trast and edge into a room.

“It’s re­ally easy for peo­ple to get stuck,” she said.

“They want some­thing, they are un­re­al­is­tic or life gets busy and it doesn’t get started, or fin­ished, and the en­ergy goes out of it, and it be­comes like a mas­sive task.”

Her ad­vice to any home- owner pre­par­ing an in­te­rior designer brief was to fol­low the 80/20 rule.

About 80 per cent of the brief should be about func­tion­al­ity, with de­tail on how the space is used and who uses it.

Only about 20 per cent should be a home­owner’s de­sign in­spi­ra­tion.

Ms Honey added that it was OK to keep de­tails gen­eral such as lik­ing “warm and smooth, or cosy, or lots of drama”.

She said a home­owner did not have to know what they wanted be­cause a good designer would take note of their per­son­al­ity and use that to in­form the de­ci­sions they made.

“One of the com­mon mis­con­cep­tions is that if you use a designer, they are just go­ing to rail­road ev­ery­thing you want, and just take con­trol and do what they want,” she said.

Ms Honey said home­own­ers of­ten ex­pected to have an in­stant re­ac­tion – ei­ther like or dis­like – to a new de­sign, but she said it was im­por­tant to give them­selves time to ab­sorb the in­for­ma­tion.

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