Designs on interior joy
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.