How the best designers start a decorating project to maximize client satisfaction: Peek at a Master Bedroom Design
Peek at a Project: Master Bedroom Decorating Project
Ever wondered how designers start a decorating project? Or wondered what happens if a client doesn’t like a design? Well you curious cat, this blog post is for you! Follow along as we go over the project process that’s had proven results for us.
We’re working on a Master Bedroom update for one of our favorite long time clients. She’s got a great start already; all the furniture is staying. But she wants to take it to the next level to create a rejuvenating sanctuary. We’ll be adding new pillows, drapery, and light fixtures. We might paint the dresser and the walls as well.
We start with the client’s inspiration:
Our client loves green and blue. These colors are featured in the master bathroom window treatment fabric which adjoins the master bedroom. So we want to incorporate these colors for the new space.
The client also wondered if it might be fun to incorporate a little orange into the room as well. She sent us an inspiration image from Samuel & Sons to clue us in to her vision for the room.
After seeing these inspirational elements, we set to work building fabric schemes to present to the client. We always present multiple options. Why? Because it gives the client ownership of the design they’ll be living with. It helps our clients to feel like they’ve made the right decision when they are presented with multiple options that are all good choices. When they do come to a final decision, and eliminated some of the options, they know it’s the one they really want and they’ll love it for years to come.
Each material scheme starts with a “Magic Fabric”, a multicolored fabric that establishes a color palette from which we can pull coordinating companion fabrics. In this case, there’s green and blue in every scheme, but some schemes bring in other colors and sometimes blue is emphasized, sometimes green.
The Winning Scheme:
There always seems to be one fabric that jumps out from the rest that a client loves and wants to build the scheme around. For this client, it turns out she didn’t really want to bring in orange like she thought she might. Turns out, the heart wants what the heart wants (blue and green!) Here are her picks!
Going through this selection process got our client really excited about finishing up the design for this space! Stay tuned to the blog for more developments on this project!
30 May, 2020 at 7:12 am
This is one of my all time favorite of your posts, Lisa. I loved seeing how you went from the client’s inspiration image, and then seeing what you presented her with, and then what she actually chose. Fascinating!
30 May, 2020 at 7:52 am
Such beautiful selections Lisa – the final result will be spectacular I’m sure!!
30 May, 2020 at 9:34 am
Choosing fabrics is always fun. There are so many possibilities and they’re so pretty. My husband makes fun of me with the fabrics.
30 May, 2020 at 11:50 am
This is such great information. I love all of the selections.
30 May, 2020 at 11:51 am
All beautiful choices and beautifully presented, Lisa! It will be gorgeous!
30 May, 2020 at 7:16 pm
Nice to see the collaborative process you used with your client to make sure she was happy with the final result. Seems like you still add a little pop o f light orange in there and it would work:)
31 May, 2020 at 7:30 am
Each choice was beautiful! So fun to “see” how the client arrived at her favorite scheme after reviewing all four plans. Looking forward to seeing the after shots!
31 May, 2020 at 9:03 am
This is such a great post showing how you work with your clients to find ‘the one’. I love all of of the selections and by the way, I LOVE that armchair and ottoman!
31 May, 2020 at 12:33 pm
So informative, and the room turned out beautifully!