Working in interior design has many benefits. You get to exercise your creativity, imagination and innovation. You get to work on engaging and unique projects. And you get exposure to a diverse range of sectors and industries.
However, an interior design career has its challenges – for instance, it can be hard work to stay on top of current interior design trends. It’s also difficult to step out of your role as an interior designer and understand the things that are going to make your clients love your work.
With that in mind, we’ve put together these interior design tips for your next project.
Plan for cord management
Modern living spaces inevitably involve a large number of electronics. You should think about how you’ll incorporate cord management into your design unless you want your clients’ rooms to become a jungle of wires.
You can easily sheath data transmitting wires such as coaxial cables or ethernet cables into baseboard cord channels that run the length of the rooms. Alternatively, wrap them in plastic tubing or plan to install them inside walls themselves.
Use visual aids
If you want to align your vision with your clients’ aspirations, you could do no better than to use mood boards or other visual aids. These can help with communication much better than words can, since often a client’s level of understanding of different styles and materials will be much more limited than your own.
Visual aids will also allow you to explore different styles with your client with very little risk. Your clients can make revisions, choose between alternatives, and be involved in the design process in ways that wouldn’t be possible without huge costs otherwise.
Include personal touches
It’s important to remember that the space that you’re designing for your clients is more than just a house to them – it’s their home. As a personal dwelling, it should have some personal touches. And your designs should bear this in mind.
Spend some time getting to know your clients on a personal level. Understand their values, interests and family dynamics, and find ways to incorporate this knowledge into your designs.
Many interior designers focus on sight and touch while ignoring the other senses. This leaves a huge opportunity to curate a living space that isn’t capitalised on.
In particular, what we smell plays a huge role in how much we enjoy spending time in a place. When something smells bad, our first instinct is to create as much distance between it and us as possible.
On the other hand, an amazing smell draws us in and makes us want to stay in the same spot. So, be sure to involve some signature fragrances in your design to make it a truly multi-sensory experience for your clients.