Recently I took part in an Interior Design Challenge organised by The Interior Designers’ Hub of which I am a Professional Member. The work I submitted for the challenge illustrates the Key Steps in the Full Room Design process.

It is important to mention that a Face to Face Consultation would normally proceed this phase of the design process. In this instance the Client Brief was issued as the starting point for the Full Room Design.

STEP ONE; Concept Board

The Concept is derived from the Client Brief. It is the starting point for the Full Room Design. It is likely to take into consideration the client’s lifestyle, interests, colour preferences, location, and a sense of place.

In this instance a young family had relocated to a rural area where they could enjoy a more adventurous and fulfilling life together.

Interior design concept board
Interior design concept board

STEP TWO; Mood Board

Having established a good grasp of the client’s wishes the next step is to develop a sympathetic colour scheme. The surrounding countryside was a huge influence on this particular project. Not just the mountains but the colours of the sky and of the changing seasons.

The Client Brief included colour preferences. It also stated which items of furniture and existing finishes needed to be incorporated into the scheme.

Creating a colour palette
Creating a colour palette

STEP THREE; Floor Plan

Drawing a scale Floor Plan of the space in question is absolutely essential. It not only determines how furniture and fittings will work in a room but also the ‘flow’ around each piece. Windows, doorways, radiators, fire places, and a person’s mobility all have to be taken into account at this stage.

Designing a room to meet the needs of all age groups, from babies through to grandparents, can be quite challenging.

Interests and hobbies also need to be catered for, as well as making the most of the natural light and focal points.

Accurate floor plan and furniture layout

STEP FOUR; Sample Board

Sourcing key items and presenting them on a board gives the client an idea as to how the finished room will look compared to the original Concept. A physical Sample Board might also be created at this stage. This will enable the client to touch and feel textures and to see how colours work in the room.

Often specific materials, patterns, and styles are included in the Client Brief. This is an excellent opportunity to include them in the presentation.

Key items on shopping list
Key items

STEP FIVE; Final Presentation

The Final Presentation is all important when it comes to winning the client round. It needn’t include every single item that has been designed into the scheme. It should, however, provide an accurate flavour of the finished room.

Adding lifestyle images and vignettes can capture the atmosphere that you’re creating within the design.

Communication with the client at all stages will go a long way to having the Final Presentation signed-off. Minor tweaks might be required but these should be minimal.

Client presentation
Client presentation

STEP SIX; Shopping List

This step relates to the procurement of the items specified. It might take the form of a Shopping List with relevant links or, alternatively, a full Procurement Service on behalf of the client.

Full Room Design

The combination of these Key Steps leads to the production of a Full Room Design which is one of the standard packages I offer in My Services Welcome Pack. If you are interested in this Service, or any of the individual steps, please contact me for more details or click here.

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