Three Principles of Collaboration in Interior Design

3 Principles of Collaboration in Interior Design

Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don’t.

                                                                              --Bill Nye

 

We are always learning from our clients. Every project we dive into brings learnings, ways to better our business practices and make the renovation process easier and smoother.

 

We like to think of Interior Designers as the glue in a renovation construction project. We provide la pièce de résistance—the drawings—but we also ask one of the most important questions: How do you want your home to make you feel?

 

To be able to answer that question successfully for every client, we rely on these 3 Principles of Collaboration every day at Revolving Rooms.

 

1. Get into the trust tree.

The best part and sometimes toughest part of our job is building trust. Interior Designers take the leap-of-faith out of big decisions, such as, what kind of wood to install on the main floor of your home, but that takes trust. And, it’s tough to trust someone you just met!

 

First, we work on creating a safe space to talk freely and be honest; a space where creativity is unlimited, no idea goes ignored or unexplored, and no one is afraid to get personal.

 

We want to know the details! Who is the cook in the family? What room in the house do you spend most of your time with the kids? What do you value? What don’t you value? Favourite travel destination? Why you love a certain piece of jewelry? The meal you would choose if you were stranded on an island—And who’s the special someone sharing the meal with you (wink wink).

 

All these great things influence your lighting, paint colours, cabinetry ornaments, and shape of your bathroom tile, believe it, or not! These details are like an Interior Designer code that informs us about the space you want to live in and how you want it to make you feel.

 

2. Candid communication.

We need to know what colours you love, but more importantly, what colours you hate. (Remember that bubble gum pink bedroom you grew up in—yeah, let’s not make that mistake again.) We all know the most important aspect of communication is not talking, but LISTENING.

 

One of the first things we find out is why is your current space not working for you?

Then, what are the limitations of your space? Too bright? Too dark?

 

Interior Designers play the part of sounding board, psychologist, and treasure chest holding all your ideas. We are both masters of detail and agents of action. Listening is also critical when clients aren’t sure what they like and don’t like. Know that your Interior Designer is there to coach you to achieve some clarity, facilitate decision making, and make your vision a reality.

 

But, your Interior Designer is there to help you execute the ideas in your head, not read your mind! So don’t be afraid to ask for what you want, voice your dislikes, divulge every detail and secret desire! Remember, it’s a collaboration, no one’s feelings will be hurt.

 

3. Be honest about who you can work with.

We have learned over the years to get honest about relationships. Let’s face it, not every kid on your childhood playground was your BFF! Same thing goes in the professional world—not everyone is meant to work together.

 

Your Interior Designer should feel like a best friend. After all, you are going to share some intimate discussions (“So, two showerheads, hey?” Nice.) You are likely to dive into some hot topics, and we might be witness to some domestic disagreements and heated discussions. We have seen and heard it all! And that is why it’s essential to feel comfortable with your design team.

 

Renovating your home is often touted as a stressful, uprooting experience, but, in actuality, it can be a blast when you have the right Interior Designer on board. We all trust that our lawyers, mechanics, and plumbers are well trained and educated and will do the best job they can do. Once you find that perfect match of an Interior Designer, don’t be afraid to jump in and trust the person you chose to work with and his or her process.

 

And don’t forget to have some fun!