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The Design Process – The Brief

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Posted on November 4, 2016

Our passion at I For Style is designing timeless, quality interiors that reflect our clients’ interests, passions, values, and what’s important to them. We get a lot of questions about what an Interior Designer does, so over the next few weeks we’ll be explaining the Interior Design process for larger projects and how that process unfolds. This week we take a look at an Interior Design Brief and a sneak preview of the Concept which is our focus for the next Blog.

The Brief

The Brief is the initial consultation where we sit with you, begin to get to know you, and get an idea of how you’d like us to be involved in your project. In the Design industry we tend to call this ‘the brief’ vs in the construction industry it’s generally referred to as a ‘scope of works’. Whatever the terminology, it’s important to be clear on what the Interior Designer is being engaged to do before any work commences.

Interior Designers can be engaged in various capacities. For example, the client may want the Interior Designer to act as their representative, managing the entire project from start to finish including managing all the trades, and procuring all of the materials. Or you may simply engage an Interior Designer to provide a Colour Consultation for the paint colours in a room.

In establishing the Brief we will begin to understand your style preferences, what you like and dislike, how you want the space to feel, look, and function. Then we look at budget and timing, and what the clients’ requirements are here.

The Concept

We cover the Concept stage in the next Blog here, but just briefly, it’s all about collaboration between the client and the Interior Designer to understand your overall vision for the project. By giving us a window into your world as well as any ideas you may have, we can add to that our design expertise to create a home that’s unique to you. Check out the full blog on the Concept stage in the process here, or contact us to discuss how we can support your next project.