What’s your first step as an interior designer?
The first thing to understand is the demographic of the client you are working with. Do they have a family, do they travel, is this their primary or secondary property? I ask a lot of questions to understand the basics of how they want to use the space and their innate style. From there I pull together a mood-board and we begin to collaborate.
Always start with connecting with the space. Ask yourself, what type of soul does this space have? That has to be the beginning, because otherwise you transplant a concept into a space that doesn’t feel right and the two don’t talk together. Some places just have immediately good vibes and you want to be there even when they are empty. If your house doesn’t have natural light and volume, you can create this through design, embellishing a bare wall with wood panels, curved corners or painted ceilings.
What would you advise buyers who buy off-plan and have less control over the design?
Look carefully at the floor plan and take a minute to understand if that layout suits your current and future life. Look at the positioning of the windows and how the property is located – do you have morning sun in your kitchen? Do you have light in the evening? Don’t forget to check the ceiling height, as this is often overlooked on floor plans. Also, ask for a sample of the materials that will be used.