To make sure you’re prepared with the information and resources that will help your designer better understand your redesign project, here’s what Vevano Home designers recommend you prepare before your design consultation:
1. Inspiration Photos & Mood Boards
Look through home magazines or websites and collect images of what your preferred design style is so you can show your designer how you’d love your home to look and function, whether that’s your kitchen, bathroom, or other space. This helps your designer get a feel for your personal aesthetic.
A mood board would also be an effective way to compile different visuals to create the aesthetic you want, from colors, materials, furniture, art, appliances, etc.
2. Photos of the Space
To give the designer a lay of the land, you could provide photographs of the area you wish to redesign. Here are some tips to take photos that clearly display the room you’re remodeling:
- Utilize natural light as much as possible.
- Turn on the lights behind where the camera will be, so the light isn’t in the camera’s view but still provides lighting to the room. Avoid turning on ceiling lights in the camera frame to prevent glare.
- Level the camera at belly-button height to capture the most accurate dimensions of the space and features.
- Stand in a corner of the room that gives you the best vantage point, or where you can see the most features clearly.
- Straighten the lines of the room up with your camera so everything looks straight and level, like the floor, cabinets, or countertops. If your phone or camera has a grid function to help line things up straight, use it.
- Get a picture from each side of the room, from the same level, to give a rounded view of the room.
Alternatively, you could show your interior designer your home via the virtual call, but that’s not required. Photos would be preferred by most designers.
3. Basic Measurements
Even the most basic measurements are nice to have when first discussing your remodel with an interior designer. Knowing the dimensions—a crucial piece of planning your remodel—will help you and your designer to know what kind of space is available.
All you need is a measuring tape or app, paper, a pencil/pen, and a camera/smartphone.
Here’s how to easily measure the room you’re seeking to redesign. If you’re remodeling your kitchen or bathroom, here’s a guide to measure your cabinets as well.
Note: The dimensions do not need to be exact for your initial design consultation, though a basic idea of measurements is helpful.
All Vevano Home designers need to create a personalized rendering of what your remodel will look like are pictures and a quick sketch with basic dimensions written in.
Your interior designer will also want to have a general idea of what your budget is for the redesign. You don’t need to have specific numbers in mind yet. However, having a number that you don’t want to go over will be helpful for them to know the limits of your budget.
Do some research on how much renovations or remodels cost so you know what to expect, whether it’s a low-cost renovation or a large-budget remodel.
5. Ideal Timeline
What is your desired timeline to complete your remodel? Your interior designer will also want to have an idea of when you plan to remodel and how quickly you want to get it done.
With these resources and documentation in hand, your interior design consultation will go much smoother by providing your designer with the most applicable information needed for your redesign.