The Hidden Agenda-How Long It Takes To Create A Design Plan

A frequent question I hear is, "How long will it take to create a design plan?" 

Well, the truth is great work is not done quickly. Yes, rooms can be completed quickly, but it's not always the best work! It takes time to create a great custom plan. Time will be spent to analyze the room, discuss clients needs, and create a plan of action. Not to mention - there are many design principles that need to be applied to the space to make it come alive! 

But never fear - the time it takes will be less than the sleepless nights you have spent worrying over the projects you have done in the past. (Yes, Iknow about those - you know, the ones where you have stayed up half the night trying to figure out which paint color is right?)  

I have broken down what it takes to create a great design plan for a room - let's go over them.


Step # 1 to create a design plan - chatting it up

All good design plans start with a good olde fashion get to know ya session. This is extremely important for both the client and I. There are some things that as a designer I excel at, but there are also some areas that, to be honest, I just really don't do or enjoy doing. 

If you love all things transitional, casual, farmhouse, or traditional, I'm probably the perfect designer for you. However, if you are looking for a designer to help you with your glam style or mid-century room, then I'm not going the be the help you want. But don't worry, all is not lost-  if I am not the right fit, I am glad to recommend some really great designer friends that can help with what you're looking for.   

Step #2 to create a design plan - get the client to give me the low down.

Clients are involved in their project from the beginning, as online design is a DIY type of experience. I like to go deeper into an understanding with a questionnaire to get insight into all of your likes and dislikes. This will get your wheels really turning as you will begin to think deeper about what your needs really are. You'll discover your design style and begin to help me to understand more about your personality and desires for your room. You'll also provide details about your room including measurements and pictures during this stage. These details will help me to help you create a beautiful, custom designed room. 

Step #3 to create a design plan - getting in the zone

Now, this is where you might not hear from me for a while. I take my time to really examine and understand all the needs for the room. This will ensure that I have a full understanding of what will work best for you. Once I do start, I always begin with laying out a floor plan so your space is fully functional. Next, color will be pulled together into a color scheme using new and existing items for the room. Patterns are coordinated to create a feeling of cohesion with motifs playing off one another. The lighting of the room is adjusted to create the desired mood and accommodate tasks for the room. New materials are sourced for the room along with a shopping list detailing exactly where to purchase items to complete the look in the design plan - making shopping easy and affordable. 

Don't worry if you don't live near - just tell me where you love to shop and I will source material from your favorite places. Detailed drawings are created to demonstrate exactly what is to be used and where. 

Step #4 to create a design plan - export the goodies

Once I have all the items needed together and assembled for your room, I will send you over a pdf containing all of the drawing plans, pictures, color, and patterns for your design. This is where you have the opportunity to go through all of the information and ensure that all of your needs are met. If you have something that you would like to see changed that can be done at this time as I do allow for up to two revision changes.  

Step #5 to create a design plan - complete the final style

Revisions will be made if need be, then your final style drawings and instructions will be sent over for a final design plan! This final design plan will contain everything needed to complete your design. Floor plans will show exactly where to place furniture, wall elevations show where to place accessories. Shopping lists will show you exactly where to purchase materials for your room saving you money in costly buying mistakes. A list of instructions will walk you through installing all of your room. Don't worry, though, I will not abandon you for this step. I am here to answer any questions that might arise during your install!

Step #6 to create a design plan - show off your style

Celebrate your new look by hosting a gathering at your home! Just be aware - your friends may never want to leave. You can now be proud of your home and share it with others.   Share your experience with others so they, too, can finally create the room of their dreams. They will be forever grateful!

Strategically designing a dream room is not a one-step process, as you can see. It is a work of art in itself. Lots of planning and time goes into every project and not all families or rooms are the same. This means the time it takes to create a design plan is not the same for every client. In general, a design plan can take about 2 to 3 weeks to complete.

It's always a good idea to give a designer more than enough time and get a start early in the design process. This will ensure that the design process and plan is not rushed. 

If you are ready to get started with your own room design, and would like to chat about your ideas and plan lets schedule a chat session one on one here. Maybe you perfer to just try to figure out things on your own then go here to begin a Free 6 week course to jumpstart your decpr project. Let's begin brainstorming about your dream room!