The most important aspect of good design is to not get overwhelmed with the decisions. So here are a few tips that hopefully can help.
Take it at your pace. Some people are capable of doing a whole house in a day and a half. Others can get “glazed” over after just one room. Stay in tune with your stamina. Poor decisions are made when you are stressed or fatigued. Take it one decision at a time. Often each decision can be an inspiration and or a catalyst for the next decision.
Choose your designer carefully. Have conversations about the overall project to make sure you and the designer are seeing “eye to eye” on the scope of the project. Make sure you communicate your thoughts and that they are being heard. If you are making decisions as a couple; make sure you communicate to one another and are “on the same page” before you work with a designer. Otherwise your designer will feel more like a marriage counselor rather than your decorator. Pull pictures from design magazines that capture the essence of the look you both want. This will aid the designer in seeing the mood you want to create.
If you are a person that likes change, select neutral colors for your large pieces. The foundations of a neutral palette enables you to change it up with bold colored accents, such as toss pillows, lamps and accessories. This is an inexpensive way to give your room a quick “face lift.” Some people will even do this seasonally.
Lastly, don’t be afraid of custom ordering. Although it is nice to receive products quickly, to create that real custom look, custom ordering is a must. Don’t forget the old saying: “all good things come to those who wait.” After all it is being made especially for you.
By all means… have fun with your decorating project! Collaborate with your designer to create a design that you love. It should be visually stunning and reflect your personality, but also comfortable for your lifestyle.
Thom Lockhart, Design Consultant