What Every Interior Designer Wishes Their Clients Understood

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So you hired a designer – good for you! It’s a wise investment to get the end result you crave, and will likely save you tons of headaches (and money) in the long run.

Today, I’m sharing something that will help your redesign go more smoothly, keep your budget and timeline on track, and save your designer some headaches, too.

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Sometime during the majority of our projects at Patrick Ediger Interior Design – and I suspect this is universal throughout the design industry as well – I consistently have to remind clients to trust the process. 

These gentle reminders typically begin around the time we start ordering materials and furnishings. They loved the initial renderings and plans, but now, things are being ordered and approved one by one, and clients start to second guess colors, textiles, and all the little details.

Now, to be clear. We want open communication from our clients. It’s your house! And if you really want to swap out that sofa, we will. But in my experience, 11th hour design changes cause timeline delays, blown budgets, and – ultimately – a less successful end result.

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That’s why it’s so important to trust the process. Because what your designer knows, is this:

The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

This means, that while each detail of the room design might not be *exactly* what you’d select off a showroom floor, it is exactly right for the design as a whole. Your designer knows how each element will play off the others to create a design that’s cohesive, effective, and beautiful.

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So how does your designer know what colors and materials will ultimately work best for the end result? That, my friends, requires a little journey back to design school. There are 9 principles of design that, when applied thoughtfully, take a space from nicely decorated to truly stunning.

To find out more about what the 9 principles are, and to see real-life examples of how they’re used to design dreamy spaces, read the full text here.

Until next time!

P.S. If you have questions about how to select the right designer for your project? Check out this piece to learn everything you should look for. 


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