My Creative Process - Part 1
Redesigning your flat or just a room can be difficult, but it does not mean it's not something worth doing. I've received a couple of emails from you peeps, asking me about how it's best to arrange a room or a furniture layout inside a room. While I am preparing something special to answer those questions pretty soon, I am sharing today a part of my creative process as an interior designer.
While a project has many stages (and the creative part takes maybe around 30% of the whole process), I find it's always best to start with the basics. And that is what this blog post is all about. I will take you through my thought process or the techy part of the project.
OK, SO HOW DO WE GET FROM HERE ...
... TO HERE?
WELL, THE FIRST THING YOU DO IS MAKE A SURVEY TO HELP YOU LATER DOWN THE LINE.
Do you remember how it's done? If not, I have written a post covering exactly that, the whole process, step by step. Have a look here, so that you are up to date with everything.
After I have made my survey of the room/flat I am about to re-design, the first thing I do is gather all the information I need. This means that if this is a project commissioned by a client, I gather all the information I can about the project, about the client's wishes, about the client himself/herself, what are their likes and dislikes, favourite colours and fabrics, if they have any favourite piece of art or furniture that they wish to keep, etc. Basically, I make sure I gather every little detail that I can, in order to create the perfect story (design) for them.
Then it's straight to the drawing board. I always keep at hand a small notebook (always with blank pages - I hate the ones that are lined, they feel so restrictive - cannot do a proper drawing on them). The purpose of the notebook? To write down any info, idea, sketch a little concept so that I won't forget it. You never know what it's useful for the project.
NEXT STEP - I START TO DOODLE.
First, I draw the outlines of the apartment or the room. Then I bring on the tracing paper (and this is where the fun really begins).
This is a process I got very familiar with in Uni, and I very much loved it. Tracing paper meant a challenge for me. It represented a gateway through which I would find the best possible solution to the perfect layout. Getting back to the matter at hand, instead of drawing the same apartment over and over again (because new ideas always appear as you draw your first one), you could just move the tracing paper.
So that is what I did here too. I drew the initial empty layout (just the walls of the rooms), and then started to play around with the furniture. I always go for at least 2 different solutions, to see which way the furniture works best inside a room. I take into account many things when I do that, like how can one move freely around the furniture, what is the shortest distance between two pieces, etc.
NEXT STEP - SELECT THE OPTION I WANT TO GO WITH.
After I am happy with the furniture layout and how everything works together, I proceed to redraw the apartment layout, this time adding the furniture layout as well.
THE FINAL STEP IS TO MAKE IT MORE PRESENTABLE FOR THE CLIENT.
The last thing I do is let the drawing "sit" for a while (if the deadline allows it, of course). Meaning, I redirect my attention to things like creating the visual concept, searching for the perfect materials and fabrics, creating a sample board, source furniture that is within the budget and something that the client will like, etc.
After a half a day or so, I come back to the plan. If I still love it just as much, I proceed to the final step - making the plan presentable for the client meeting. If not, back to the drawing board.
So this is it peeps, my creative process - at least a small part of it! I realise this might not be everybody's cup of tea, might be too boring, but this is an essential part of any project, and I love doing it, discovering the best possible solution for a client. Regardless, I will not leave you hanging - I will do another post soon about the next part of the process - picking fabrics, samples etc. You know, the fun part!
Have you ever had any problem or needed help with organising your furniture layout in your flat? Not to worry, I am here to help you. I am soon launching something that will come to your rescue, so stay tuned for that.
In the meantime, if you do have a persistent problem or you just need an advice on something, let me know below and I can help you out. You can also drop me a line on our Facebook Page or alternatively, find me on Instagram, by tapping @detailmovement.
Looking forward to your messages, peeps!
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