Why Sketch With Your Designer?
If you are like many of our customers, when you go into a furniture store you may only have a vague idea of what you’re looking for. An often repeated phrase that we hear is “I’ll know it when I see it.” The reality is, more often than not you’ll never see it because you haven’t taken the time to clarify your needs and desires. Consequently, many people get paralyzed by a fear of making a “wrong decision.”
The easiest way to fix this is remarkably simple, sketch together with your designer. Nothing fancy, just a plain piece of paper, a pencil, and your mind. No iPads, iPhones, or other fancy design software is required. Just your willingness to explore what it is you are really searching for and what you would like your room or home to represent.
What sketching will do is outline the major idea or focus of your room by helping you capture your thoughts. Sketching is a dynamic and fluid process that helps you express your ideas by encouraging your mind to be free to see problems or desires without constraint and from different angles. And this is also why it is important to refrain from using rigid computer models.
Computer models lock you into a very rigid set of parameters and are difficult to use for most people. So, rather than actually thinking about what you want, you end up spending time trying to use design software, get frustrated and stop the process of exploring, creativity and imagination.
Sketching your room will also help you with the practical aspects of reaching your goals. For example, if you are in the process of designing a new home office it’s important for your space to be both beautiful and functional. Sketching will help you remember where heating and cooling vents, electrical outlets, door swings, window openings, and existing lighting all are. These are important considerations when designing a room to meet your needs.
Lastly, sketching helps establish trust. When two people are actively working together to solve a problem you each enhance the others understanding. Your designer gets a greater understanding of what’s important to you, and you gain a greater level of confidence that your designer actually understands your needs and desires.
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