14 Nov Interior design and architecture- a collaborative approach
When beginning a project, there are many, many different components and elements to consider. If you are going to be developing a new home or commercial building, it will be both an exciting and possibly overwhelming time, as you deliberate all of those important pieces that must come together in creating the plans for your dream home. The most obvious route to take is to employ an architect.
An architect can come through and present your vision in the form of plans- this is the big picture concepts for your project. An architect is licensed and carries the responsibility in making sure that the structure and design of your home is safe and optimised for the land, taking into consideration any environmental impacts and of course sustainability. When it comes to internal finishes, detailing and other important elements of design (hello dream kitchen) that is where an Interior Designer comes in.
Passionate about detail, I am able to work with clients on really bringing the elements together for their interior, to ensure that their investment looks and feels the way that they have been dreaming about.
Kitchen cabinetry, the use of wall and flooring finishes, bathroom specs, lighting, paint colour selections… The list rolls on- these choices can have huge impacts on the overall success and delivery of the project and at times clients are not entirely confident in making these decisions without the advice of an experienced and professional designer.
I believe that when an interior designer works with an Architect, it should be a collaborative approach. An experienced designer should be able to compliment the work of an architect, forming ideas around both the client’s and architect’s vision and requirements.
Whilst both teams are working together with the client on the project, I have the following tips on ensuring that this collaborative approach works effectively for all parties involved, but most importantly- for the sake of the client:
- Ensure that both the architect and interior designer offer mutual respect to one-another
- Both the designer and architect must be on the same page when it comes to the overall design aesthetic and style of the project.
- Boundaries and roles are clearly defined within the scope of works
- Be open to suggestions and constructive feedback
- Ensure that everyone feels comfortable openly communicating with one another
- Be open to new ideas and viewpoints that you may not normally consider or explore
- Ensure that the interior designer you have chosen to work with is able to deliver a variety of different styles and aesthetics to compliment your project.
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