The First Step of Interior Design
When you think about interior design and decor you probably think about pretty things…fabrics, drapes, light-filled sunrooms, beautifully curated console tables. All of the pieces that make up a room create a feeling and ambiance that is immediately noticeable.
The pretty, however, really comes second in a design project. First, you must consider the function of the rooms and most designers do this via lots of questions. Collecting data comes long before any pillows are sourced!
A “needs analysis” is the foundation of any great design project. How do you plan to use the room? How do you like to watch TV? Do you like to recline when reading? Do you play games? Need room to showcase instruments? These are just a few examples of questions to ask yourself if you are beginning the design process in your home. Before you can buy a sofa you need to know what you are using the sofa for!
I have a client questionnaire that goes out to all potential clients prior to our first consultation. It’s my first level of needs analysis and it gets clients thinking about how they use their home.
This is especially great if your home use is changing (kids are moving out) or if you are moving into a new home with different types of rooms. Ask yourself some key questions about who will use each room, how they will use it and what you need space for in each room.
Taking some time to do a needs analysis for each of your rooms before redesigning or renovating will go a long way toward creating a room that works for you (and hopefully looks great, too!).