Make the most of expert help
The biggest challenge for interior designers is not how to make a home look spectacular, but dealing with clients. A good interior designer knows how to transform a client’s idea and turn it into reality. Designers spend considerable time with a client to come up with a design that takes into account his taste, needs, wants, lifestyle and budget.
But conflicts can arise due to personality clashes and poor communication. Here are some common issues that designers report:
As strange as it sounds, some people will hire an interior designer to give advice on a building or renovation and ignore the recommendations. “It’s almost as if they want you just to give approval to their own ideas,” says Wendy Salamon, a designer at Nygaard Interior Design. “If you are going to hire a designer, let (her) do (her) job.” Homeowners seek out designers because they feel a professional can help them with their interior designs. But if they have any doubts, the projects can end up being futile exercises.
“People have to be totally open to give,” says Dimitri Maekawa, principal of Axis Designs. “But they should also be totally open to receive.”
To avoid disappointment, Maekawa, who has more than 20 years’ experience in interior architecture, suggests clients initially work together with a designer on a small segment of the project in order to foster the necessary trust in the relationship.
“Canadians are afraid of colour,” says JC Scott, senior design partner of JC Scott Design Associates. “They frequently judge - and reject - a colour based on a paint chip or a small test patch on a wall. I encourage clients to reserve their judgment until after the room is finished and art is hung.” Scott sometimes uses feng shui to arrive at an appropriate colour for a room.