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How To Create a Space to Suit Your Style


By Ann-Marie Appleton

Good interior design is defined as the best possible use of space, and a professional interior designer will ensure that the right decisions are made for you from the very beginning of your project.

Here are three ways you can work with an interior designer from the get-go.


1. A strong concept
The training an interior designer receives allows them to interpret the required function and desired mood of a space and translate that into lines, colour combinations and textures.

The designer will start your project by creating a concept from your brief that will influence everything about your home, from flooring to exterior cladding to layout and flow. The timeframe of a build allows the designer to spend time developing bespoke designs, tailored completely to you.

From the beginning the designer can visualise the interior as it will look with the tiny details, and then work from the inside-out. As Charles Eames said, “The details are not the details. They make the design”.

2. Integrated architectural plans
Engaging the architect, builder and interior designer together from the beginning will create the most cohesive and successful space – visually, functionally and ergonomically.

Creating a seamless and luxurious look is often not about spending more money, but about planning in advance, which can happen if the interior designer is included in preliminary stages.

Giving your interior designer the opportunity to review the plans before they are submitted to council can have brilliant results. Recesses for roller blinds, stack-back space for drapes, recessed LED lighting, and materials fit for use are all potential considerations that will create a stunning finished design and yet are often not thought about until it is too late, when the build is well past the consent stage.

Ensuring these details are accounted for and integrated into the construction plans prior to consent is crucial to create a stunning finished design.

3. The bottom line: Budget
Bringing an interior designer into the conversation in the beginning phase of a project can help you budget for your interior project in stages.

This starts with the conceptual stage, moves onto the construction stage where exterior cladding, kitchen materials, flooring is specified, and once the construction is well underway, the designer will then move into a furnishings stage, breaking up the cost over time.

Ann-Marie Appleton is the director of  Frobisher Interiors. She holds a diploma in interior design and is a member of DINZ.

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