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Pick out looks you like and write them down,
or save pictures of them for future reference.
Alison Evans, director of interior design firm Design
Brief, gives us her top 10 guide for planning your space.
1 DEFINE YOUR BUDGET Establish a budget before you start. For renovations, include
everything such as electrical, plumbing and building permits. Allow a total project sum and
a 10-20 percent contingency sum based on the total for the unexpected things that ultimately
come up with any project. Constantly compare your budget to costs throughout the project
to make sure it is on track financially.
2 CONSIDER YOUR GOALS Does your budget fit within your overall scope of what you
wish to achieve? If not, pare back before your start; if you make cuts halfway through, the
overall look may be affected.
3 FUTURE-PROOF YOUR STYLE Picking a strong style, such as authentic federation or Tuscan,
can make it hard to deviate from the plan if you wish to make interior changes or extensions in the
future. However, a character cottage can have a modern extension that, if executed correctly, can
compliment the original part of the home and give myriad possibilities.
4 ENSURE IT FITS Lay out a scaled floor plan to ensure your furniture will fit into the space you wish.
(If using a professional, they will do this, but it’s always a good idea to ask the question, too.) A piece
of tracing paper on your existing plans works a treat and is easy to do: simply trace the outline of the
room and draw the furniture in to scale.
5 THINK ABOUT LONGEVITY The trendy colours of today may not carry your look through
the next five years. Sometimes, it’s better to go for an ageless neutral palette and add your own
individuality through artwork, rugs and cushions – things that are not structural elements and are
more easily replaced should you tire of them.
6 LOOK AHEAD While your ideal home design might meet your needs today, consider the future
– will there be enough space to accommodate a growing family should it need to?
7 MAKE IT INTERESTING There is no better way to add interest to a room than by adding
different textures. This can come in the form of using a mix of building products or different
textures in fabrics and carpets.
8 PLAY WITH COLOUR If you like bright, colourful walls, go for it! Many people are too scared
to use colour on walls, but it’s an easy mistake to rectify – simply paint over and start again. For the
renovators, don’t paint 10 different colours on your existing walls to gauge how it looks in different
light at different times of the day. Instead, paint samples on an A4 sheet and stick them to the wall,
it will make it much easier to paint once you’ve decided.
9 SPEAK TO THE EXPERTS Many people are more than capable of putting their whole look
together themselves and have a natural talent for doing so, however investing in a qualified interior
designer is money well spent. Interior designers are trained not only in colour, but also balance, form
and function – and could point out costly mistakes before you begin.
10 REMEMBER... Very rarely do changes in your plan work well once the project has started –
changing your mind midstream is a sure-fire way to end up with a disjointed result. Be content that
you have covered all bases before you begin, and don’t let people push you into starting something
you aren’t entirely convinced about. Design Brief (08) 9381 9008, www.designbrief.net.au.
point for an extended family? Do you need to
watch young children? Is privacy important to
you? Do you love the feeling of space? In what
type of spaces do you feel good?
COLLATE THE VISUALS When it comes to the
look, create a moodboard. Flick through and
collate magazine images, collect brochures of
products you love (brochures can also have
beautiful room ideas in them) and search the
web (Google interior picture agencies, architects,
interior designers, design sites, anything home
related). Write down why you love a particular
image or room. It might be a feel you get from it
or perhaps you simply love the shape or use of a
particular product. All of this information gives
a huge insight into your preferred style and what
you want from your home.
SPEAK TO A PRO Research the looks and feels
of architects, building designers and interior
designers. You will see the styles they specialise
in and the feels they create. It’s also a good idea to
speak to people who have just built or renovated.
Getting a tip-off from someone with first-hand
experience is golden. Once you have a few options,
call them up and book in a meet and greet. When
it gets to this stage, go on gut feel: the professional
will be sussing out whether they can work with
you, and you need to sort out if you can trust your
future happiness to them.
Once you’ve chosen your professional, enjoy the
process. You’ve written down what you want from
a structural point of view, handed over and talked
with your professional about the look and feel you
desire and you’ve chosen someone you feel you
can trust. Now it’s time to bring it all together (see
Starting Out for more details). h
Rooms like this by Jodie Cooper Design show
the benefits of consulting the professionals.
Pick out looks you like and write them down
Love this vase that Sasha at Fast Renovations chose.
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