DESIGN 411 with Designer Christine Da Costa

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QUESTIONS A DESIGNER OR DECORATOR MAY ASK AT THE INITIAL CONSULTATION.

When planning a home renovation or decorating project, the first step is an in-home consultation with an interior designer or decorator. To ensure this meeting goes smoothly, here are a few questions you should be prepared to answer.

DETAILS OF THE PROJECT

  • What space are you considering a redesign or renovation for?
  • What is your ideal timeline?
  • What is your budget?
  • What do you like most and least about the space?
  • How do you want this room to feel or look when renovated?
  • Are there specific activities or functions you need or want this room to do?

PREFERENCES AND PERSONALITY

  • What family members reside in the home now or in the near future?
  • Do you plan on living in this home/condo for a short time or long term?
  • Do you have furniture pieces that you would like to keep?
  • What design style do you prefer?
  • What is your personal style?
  • What colors do you wear or gravitate to?

These questions will help the designer better understand your goals and objectives for the project. Clear communication will go a long way toward ensuring your vision is achieved on time and on budget. – Text by Christine Da Costa

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