Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I use an Interior designer?
Our expertise allows for the overall conceptualisation of a project, rather than focusing on smaller pieces of the design concept. We can advise you on an overall scheme that suits your particular lifestyle, budget and personal interior vision, and have a plethora of sourcing possibilities at our fingertips.
What is the difference between an interior decorator and an interior designer?
An interior decorator focuses on the style needed for a project, and provides the complementary colour schemes, furnishings, lighting and accessories. They do not usually input into structural changes, and often work closely with furniture makers, upholsterers, fabric suppliers and other industry professionals.
Interior design involves formal training in the areas of technical drawing and rendering, colour theory, computer-aided design (CAD), the history of styles, spatial planning, furniture design, window treatments, project management and more. Interior designers often work closely with architects and contractors. They can contribute to significant structural changes; and also provide the final selections for colour schemes, furniture, window treatments, lighting, flooring, wall coverings and accessories.
I don’t know what style I want – can you still help?
Absolutely. Clients can feel overwhelmed by the many style choices, or too busy to look into the options available. Our role is to help you develop such a vision. We provide that information for you, personalised around your environment, wish list, budget and lifestyle.
Do you charge for the first consultation?
Our first 1-1.5 hour consultation is $150.00 and includes a questionnaire to capture key information around areas such as your estimated budget, timescale, special requirements and style preferences. We carry this out in your home, or on site for commercial projects.
What should I bring to the first meeting?
We recommend you focus on the following areas:
- Bring photo/magazine examples of your favourite items of furniture, décor, colour schemes and styles;
- Provide any architectural plans if structural changes are included in the project;
- Be clear about what you do not like;
- Specify the scope of work (one room, first level, whole house);
- Define your budget, and preferred time frame for project completion.
What is a mood board?
A mood or concept board captures the emotion and style of a proposed scheme. It is the visual aspect of an interior designer’s creative ideas, captured via images that convey colour, texture, mood, style and emotion. Inspiration for the Mood Board comes from the client, the brief, the property, location and the interior designer’s creative input. It is an abstract representation of the proposed scheme, and drives the sourcing process for the decorative scheme, namely fabrics, colours and furniture.
Is any project too small?
We understand that one-room design concepts are an important starting point for many clients, and are happy to provide services for smaller projects.
How do you charge?
We charge by the hour to provide the following services:
Drawings, space planning, concept boards and decorative schemes;
Ongoing consultations with client and suppliers;
Sourcing, delivery and troubleshooting of materials and products;
Preparation of estimates and purchasing;
See our Services page for more detail.