My Creative Process - Part 2
A little while ago I've shared with you how I usually start an interior design project. The first part was all about the space planning and how to arrange and make the furniture layout. If you missed it, not to worry, you can catch up on it here. Now, in this one, it's all about the creative and fun parts of it, the really juicy bits (as they say). So let's dive in, shall we?
First things first - get the survey of the room you want to redesign. After you have gathered all the necessary information, what you'll need to do is create the layout (all covered in Part 1 - which you can access here as well - you know me, I'm all about convenience and making it easier for you to get this kind of info).
After the plan is pinned down and ready for the client to see, the next step is to think about a visual concept and, of course, to create it.
To be fair, there might be other designers out there doing these steps in a completely different way. That does not mean it's wrong or that there is a rule you must absolutely follow to the letter. It just means that everybody has their own tune they follow. For me, this seems to be the logical way of doing things. It might be my architectural training, but I first and foremost think in 2D plans, then I venture into all things visual. For the sake of this post, let's call this the 'visual delight' part of the process.
So what is this step all about?
You have the plan all prepared up and good to go. Now you only need a concept to go along with that. But what is a concept?
Simply put, it's AN IDEA of how you want things to look: what colours, fabrics, materials etc. you want your room to have or the general feel/atmosphere you are going for. This idea (tweaked here and there) will later down the line, evolve into the design story of your project. So the best thing you can do here is to start with a Mood Board. What is that? Have a read here where different types of mood boards are explained).
The important part here is to just follow your heart. If you are doing this for yourself, start by selecting one picture that appeals to you (or go for a couple of them - there is no limit really). Think about what furniture, colours, accessories or fabrics would you like to see in your room. After you've gathered a couple of photos, you can start to have a play around and arrange them in different positions on a table or a board (where you can pin them down). You can do this on different online sites or you can choose to do it the old fashion way (magazines collage) if you want to enjoy this process to the fullest.
So how does the process usually work?
Grab a couple of pictures, have a board at hand and try to select 5-7 (or how many you wish) that you feel work wonderfully together. You then shift them around until it shows the look that you want. How will you know if it's done? You'll FEEL it!! Yes, it's that simple!
When working with a client, you approach this process the same way but instead of selecting items and images that you like personally, you make those choices based on the likes & dislikes of your client (of which you learn more about by talking to your him/her). After the concept board is ready and the client has signed off on it, the next step is to go ahead and start searching for the furniture and materials/fabrics you've proposed in your board.
Another thing worth doing at the same time or at least have it in the back of your mind is to think about materials & fabrics when searching and selecting furniture.
Fabrics selection (a personal favourite of mine) is not only essential to the final look but also necessary for this stage. Why is it so important I hear you asking? Well, it helps to have the fabrics, materials and paint colours at hand (often if not always), in order to not end up selecting the wrong furniture. Let's say for example that your concept board includes one stunning 2 seat sofa. You know that your client wants to have cool and fun patterned cushions that he/she might also wish to change in the future.
No problem, versatility is your middle name! You start looking and find the perfect sofa that you just know your client will fall in love with. There is only one problem - the sofa only comes in bright blue. In your concept board (approved by the client) you've proposed a lovely soft grey fabric so that those green & pattern cushions (that you found & know the client really wants to have) will create the perfect contrast, not to mention complimenting each other. Of course, there is always a solution to every problem - you could buy the sofa and reupholster it in your proposed fabric, but that will mean adding to the final budget.
I'm not saying that you will definitely avoid this sorts of problems if you work with your fabrics at hand but by always having them around you (or just being aware of them), you might avoid some extra expenses!
So that is basically it for this part detail lovers, it's a simple matter of selecting images and materials that speak to your heart and make you happy (if you are doing this for yourself).I hope that this little guide gave you the right amount of incentive to try and do this on your own. If you like fabrics just a tiny bit or you are a Pinterest regular, I promise you, you're going to love this part of the process. I adore putting fabrics together! Something about it or hitting that combination just right brings joy to my heart. And I want you to experience the same feelings here.
So let me know if you're going to attempt this and if you have any questions about this process. Have you already attempted the 'impossible'? Lovely!! Then why not share it with me below or on our Facebook Page. Alternatively, head to Instagram and tap @detailmovement and let me know how it goes for you. I cannot wait to see what your magic hands have created.
All images that are credited as '©Detail Movement', are done by Raluca Vaduva for Detail Movement. All rights reserved. All pictures that are not my own, I credit them to the best of my knowledge & research, to their online sources. I do not claim ownership over them in any way.