Five Phases of an Interior Design Project

Where are you in your interior design project?

It's hard to tell where you are if you don't have a roadmap. That's true whether you're driving to an unfamiliar place or managing an interior design project.

Sometimes we are working so hard to move our project forward that we lose track of what our destination is.

Here's how I keep track.

  1. Define Success - Who are you designing for and what do they want? Or put differently, where do you want to end up?
  2. Plan the Space - What will be included in the new room and where will it go? You don't have to know the manufacturer and model number, just which items you need.
  3. Budget - How much will it cost? Not a "guesstimate." Make a list of all the items going into the room, how many of each you need, and how much you think they will cost. For example, 90 square feet of floor tile at a cost of $4.00 per square foot.
  4. Select Materials - Choose the actual items that will to into your new room. Use your space plan and budget as guidelines.
  5. Coordinate the Build - Decide who does what, put together your team, and delegate tasks.


Infographic Five Phases of an Interior Design Project


She didn't know it, but Jackie Lopey's days as an advertising executive were numbered when she bought and renovated a 1950's bungalow. She soon went back to school and started her own design studio. Jackie is an award-winning, certified interior designer and the founder of Wide Canvas.

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