I had a dolls’ house as a child. I decorated it, furnished it and even put wallpaper up, so I sort of started interior design at quite a young age for some small, inanimate clients!
We moved home when I was about 7 years old. My parents bought a dilapidated old school and then spent the next few years doing it up. We basically lived on a building site, and I got to see the whole thing stripped back to the bare bones. I found it really exciting and I think that experience probably sparked my initial interest in interior design.
Talk with clients to get the drift of their tastes and likes dislikes. Ask them to pick out designs and furniture pieces the find in magazines or go online with them to find things that they like.
After all the research is done, its time to sit and ideate. You can find inspiration from nature, books, music, internet etc. and sketch out various permutations and combinations. Analyse every design outcome and weigh out the pros and cons of each. Remember, the first idea isn’t always the best idea. So keep thinking till you’ve reached a suitable design. Once that happens, you can draft the primary design on your computer and get the same approved from your client.
When it comes to making decisions about colour, my advice is to do it slowly. Try colours on a small area of the walls you want to paint and look at them at different times of day. It’s about instinct and how it makes you feel again. Always try things before you make any final decisions.
The functionality and the atmosphere are the most important things to get right. The fabrics, the floor coverings, the furniture the lighting are the tools that you use to create that. Don’t make rushed decisions if you can help it, apply a process of elimination approach if you can. The more you do it, the more confident you will become in your decision making.