How to develop a Concept and Vision for an Interior Design Project?

Has anybody ever asked you, what is the Concept and Vision of your interior design project? Have you found yourself in a spot where you don’t know the answer to this question?

It’s absolutely ok to not know what the final concept and vision of your interior décor is, what is not ok is not knowing how to do it. To arrive at fixed concept and vision for any project, one should know where to start from and how to go about it. And if you are searching for the same answers, then you are at the right place. Today, I am reaching you to reveal the secret of fixing the concept and vision for your project. So let’s lay the foundation of concept and vision for your project.

Before we start with how to do it, first let’s see what it actually means…
Concept can be defined as “The foundation of the project” and the Vision can be defined as “The overall look and feel of the project”.

Now to arrive at the Concept and Vision of the project, there are two stages to be followed.

In the first phase you need to figure out what you want without any creative assistance, and this can sound a bit intimidating but it actually isn’t. All you need to do is, try to identify your dreams, aspirations, expectations about the project. Along with this, try to identify and address your current problems or requirements.

This will give you an idea of what you want and what you don’t want. To start with, list down your problems and requirements and the possible solutions to them. Try to surf the internet and social media for ideas and concepts. Once you start looking for solutions, as a by-product you will start visualising the final product, it may or may not be practical, but this will lay the base of your vision and lead you to the concept.

Save whatever you like, click pictures if you see something interesting, download the data that you like, and you will be well equipped to convey your vision to the designer.

Once you have listed down the expectations and its possible solutions, it’s time to appoint a designer and let him take it from there.

Read my blog on “How to appoint an architect” at this stage (Link). Appoint a good designer for the further process and explain your goals, desires, expectations and requirements from the project.

You may convey all of it by verbal discussions, pictures, videos and whatever medium possible. This will help the designer have a better idea of what your desires and aspirations are, so that he can come up with a solution that caters to the project in a wholesome way. Try to be as much clear as you can.

Along with conveying your expectations, try to talk about your likes, dislikes, hobbies, passion, family and social life. This will help the designer to understand your lifestyle and will lead into a design that is unique and customised for you. The whole point of having a concept and vision for the project is to have a tailor made solution that fits your requirements and suits your personality and your family’s culture. So make sure you give correct and clear information to the designer.

Be candid and clear about your expectation from the project. By this time, you should be clear about what you want. If the conceptual design presented by your designer, does not match with your requirement and personality, do not hesitate to tell the designer. It is easy to redo things at this stage than doing it in the later stage.

Do not agree to what you don’t like, as it may create uncomfortable moments and brushing between you and the designer at the time of execution. Also, you should keep in mind that everything you desire may not be practically possible or commercially feasible. In such cases, the designer will advise you about the things you should compromise or negotiate on.

Based on the inputs provided by you, the designer will come up with a concept for your entire project in the form of a presentation and visuals. At this stage, you must ask questions in case of any doubts about the design. Do not feel shy to ask questions, it is after-all your home or office and it’s your own money. Once the design is finalised, you can say the concept and vision of your project is finalised.

So, once it is finalised try not to shift your goal post too much. There might be small changes here and there but keeping on changing the concept and vision all the time is not a solution. It may happen that you may come across a lot of new things that you like once you finalise the concept and vision, but remember your designer has designed a wholesome concept to suit you and your personality and culture. So trust the designer’s proposal and be firm on the finalised concept and vision. Any change or shift in the concept and vision might lead to confusion for the designer and the process might have to be redone from scratch. Remember the concept and vision is the foundation of any project and it has to be finalised first.

Once you are clear with your concept and vision, then make sure you allow your designer to put everything on the paper, come out with necessary details, specifications and visuals only then start the project. So put in your efforts on concept and design to have a final product as per your expectations and I will reach you in my next blog with more tips, tricks and hacks. So make sure you….

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