How do we get from “the before” to the “Wow, that’s beautiful!” stage? In this post, I’ll walk you through the interior design process, with the help of some pictures to illustrate the steps you have to take to achieve your design goals.

Step 1: Questions, Questions, Questions

What is the architecture like? How about the natural light, the exits, the traffic patterns, and the ceiling height? All these factors and more affect how we can dress the room.

Interior design process: stage 1

Here is a family room in the “before” stage. The sectional extended right to the edge of the fireplace. If you were to start a fire, you’d burn down the house!

Interior design process: stage 1 complete

Here’s the same family room mid-way through the interior design process. A five-hour installation saw carpets and furniture installed. The new floor plan gives access to all five exits, and it allows for two focal points and comfortable TV viewing. A room-sized rug delineates the seating area. Now we are trying out art and waiting for the curtains.

Step 2: Activities

I ask my clients to think about the activities they want to do in the room in question. How many people live there? How many people gather there on a typical weekend?

Family rooms need to be shape shifters that encourage cozy TV watching, entertaining the family and the book club, exercising, reading, and resting.

Step 3: Floor Plan

Make a floor plan. Using computer-aided design, we can make the most of focal points, allow for traffic patterns, and decide on the best sizes for rugs and furniture. This is the easiest way to get what you need in the right sizes.

Interior design process: stage 3

Computer-aided design is a technological blessing when it comes to fixing difficult floor plans.

Color board

The color board is a great tool for coordinating rugs, furniture, pillows, curtains, and lastly wall color. The contemporary look in this room was achieved with a room-sized, creamy wool carpet and a cream-colored chenille sectional. Large pillows add Carribean splashes of surf and sky, pops of color, and excitement. After these choices are set, we choose the paint color. Yes, we choose the paint color last.

The Interior Design Process and You

If you want to enjoy the spaces in your home, determine your goals first. Decide how you would like to entertain your immediate family and guests.

Loving where you live is easy with the help of an experienced interior designer. I would love to help you decorate from the convenience of your easy chair. Contact to make the most of your home.