The Interior Design Process

As there is a timeline with everything, there too, is a timeline with an interior design process.  It is a good idea to plan ahead when deciding to remodel because the design process is not short. There are many factors that go into a design process and many hiccups that can occur along the way. Focusing strictly on a family room redesign timeline I will lay out the key points that will be part of the agenda. Let’s talk about lay out the process in detail!

Planning & Design

This might be the most important part of the design process. Not only does it lay the foundation, but it enables your designer to get a better understanding of what will be incorporated. This is the part where you will chat with your designer about wants, needs, and create a clear budget to stay within boundaries. Essentially, a blue print is created that has all your necessities. Expect at least a week of planning with your designer.

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Mood or Design Boards

Get your creative juices flowing! This is the part where you will develop design concepts such as color, lighting, flooring, and furniture. Incorporate the 7 elements of design in this step of the process, check out my previous Blog for a refresher! Be expressive in your design concepts – really make those spaces throughout your home come to life! Add about another week for this step.

Approval Process

Once you and your designer have made a structured design plan, they will go out and make selections based on the design board that was created. It is up to you as the client to approve or request changes to anything that is presented by the designer. No ego involved, if you don’t like it simply state it – we want your space to be authentic to you! Slap on another week for this step in the interior design process.  

Hiring & Scheduling Contractors

Contractors will be hired to construct the design plan that has been approved between the designer and client. This part will not begin until all has been approved by the client! Set a date and schedule those contractors once all has gone through. This will add another week to the design process!

Ordering Materials

Ordering materials will be done by both the contractors and designer. While they perform different actions throughout the process, they must be on the same page when it comes to materials. These two will work closely together through the entire project to ensure the client is left with a well developed space. Expect at least a week for those materials to be ordered and shipped – keep in mind there may be delays that are out of the designer and contractor’s hands.

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Now onto the fun part! Once the materials have been shipped the installation process will begin. Getting right down to business this step could be about 1-2 weeks depending on how big the project is!

Final Design

When all construction is done your interior designer will come in hard and fast! Adding the finishing touches such as furniture, lighting, and accessories will complete the design. This is about another week, but so worth it as it is the step where it brings your authentic space to life!

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The interior design process can be lengthy, but so well worth the wait! If you have the patience to wait roughly 8 weeks for your dream family room to be redesigned, you wont regret the insight that can be offered to revive a space within your home!

If you like this read give it a like! Consider checking out this Blog by Eyeswoon for more insight on design processes!

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