Interior design workshops :: Interior design tips

Thank you to everyone who contributed to my Interior Design Workshop survey. I really appreciate your comments and will be announcing the details of the workshops in December.

In the meantime I will leave you with something from a workshop I held earlier this year. Where do you start when you want to re-design a room?

When thinking of changing a room, an old colour scheme or the design of a kitchen or bathroom there are a few questions that are worth considering before you start:

What is the main reason for change?
A new room use, new furniture, dated decor, more storage or space?


What do your like or dislike about your room?
The colour scheme, the light, the current style, the furniture, the finishes or lack of storage?


What is your family type & lifestyle?
Couple, single, family orientated, teenagers with lots of friends, babies, pets, retired and relaxed, home office, entertainers, formal or casual lifestyle?

How will you use the room?
How will the space be used on a daily basis and what elements are required?

What would you like to retain, revamp, reuse or de-clutter?
What key pieces of furniture would you like to retain, re-upholster or re-paint?

What is your budget?
Set a budget with a contingency amount.

How much time do you really have?
Have you considered how long the works can take and whether to do the work yourself or pay a professional?

These are just a few basic questions you should ask yourself at the beginning of the design process so that you start your project with a clear direction.

Have fun.