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How to Talk About Your Design Style With Home Pros

When you are preparing to work with a specialist on a home job, whether it's an architect, landscape designer, interior decorator or another design professional, properly communicating your preferences in a clear and concise way can help your designer in perfectly understanding exactly what you're looking for out.

By correctly gathering inspiration and thoroughly assessing your own likes and dislikes, you will be better equipped to have these essential conversations with your designer.

Make a Love List and a Not-for-Me List

You may have already heard that it is generally a great idea to gather images and ideas of things you enjoy whenever you are preparing to meet with an interior designer -- but have you ever thought about making a list of the situations that you do not appreciate? Perhaps surprisingly, these dislikes can be just as crucial.

Attempt to Get Visual

A majority of interior designers' job is highly visual, so it makes sense that the best way to communicate your likes and dislikes is through images. This keeps things clear and concise. As an example, if you think of"desert fashion" as being southwestern with a good amount of natural wood and colorful textiles, but your designer is envisioning more of a Palm Springs midcentury desert type of feel, conflict is likely to happen.

But once you can point to a photo and say,"I love this," or"I really don't like this look," you and your design pro can get on the same page almost instantly. .

Include Images Which Directly Relate to Your Project

A great place to start is collecting images for your likes and dislikes lists with examples of the specific kind of project you are planning on. If you are going to be working with a landscape designer or landscape architect, for instance, be on the look out for photographs of landscapes.

If you are trying to hire an architect for a home remodel or custom build, our interior designer suggest you hunt out photographs of exteriors and whole-house designs. If you are redesigning your kitchen, then look for more kitchen photographs. We think you get the picture.

However Include Some Less On-Topic Photos Too

Don't be afraid to include a few images that don't directly relate to the sort of job but are nevertheless a great example of a specific style you love -- or hate, as the case may be. Lifestyle, food and garden images can be wonderful examples of color palettes and can offer your design expert a better handle on your overall personality than just the job photographs.

Practice Being Picky

When you first start filling those idea books with photos, give yourself an chance to have free rein to pick as many photos as you want. Enjoy it! However, once you're ready to go back in for a second appearance, it's time to get picky. Try and focus on narrowing down each list on the best 10 to 20 finest examples.

As a result, not only can this give your design pro a more manageable amount of images to examine, but it is likely to give you practice making design-related decisions as well. The more you flex that design power, the easier it's going to be to talk about your likes and dislikes.

Attempt To Get Specific

Being able to point to an image you love or hate is helpful, but confusion and miscommunications can nevertheless arise if you don't specify exactly what it is about the space that you enjoy or do not enjoy.

You could be thinking about the color palette, but your interior designer may focus on the furniture design -- and they unfortunately won't know if you do not tell them!

To make things much easier a note beneath each photo on your idea book that explains keywords exactly what it is about the space that made you include it.

Use the following checklists as a guide, and see just how many you can include in your personal lists.


Favorite color or colorsColor palette or combination of colors that appeals to youFurniture you loveA room where you love the disposition or general vibeIf you are looking at architecture, a house or overall space that appeals to youIf you're Taking a Look at landscapes, a complete yard that captures the general feeling you are afterSpecific features you definitely want to add

NOT FOR ME Checklist:

Specific colors or shades of colors that you have a strong aversion toMotifs or finishes that are not your cup of teaPet peevesColor combinations that you do not like togetherA room where you do not like the overall mood or vibe However Stumped?

If you have gotten this far, you deserve a huge pat on the back. It's not easy to pin down your design -- and remember, you don't have to completely nail it. Usually, your design pro is there to walk you through this whole procedure. However, the more thought you have put in on the front end, the easier it's going to be for you and your designer to have a fruitful working relationship.

To that end, if you have gone through these exercises and are still having trouble determining your personality, you may want to think laterally: Are there any restaurants, brands or stores that exemplify your loves and hates?

As long as the places you have selected are ones your designer is familiar with (or can easily find images of), this can be a helpful addition to your style information.

Always bear in mind that although it is c crucial to be able to communicate your preferences to your interior designer, it is just as important as soon as you have made your initial thoughts and feelings clear to step back and trust your interior designer to think of some creative ideas that you would never have thought of on your own.

Will the all be things you love? Maybe not, and you can always work to get to a place you love. But then again, you may just surprise yourself by enjoying something that you never thought you would, thanks to a interior designer's creative vision.

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