As an interior designer, you probably have a list of challenges you face all the time. These challenges could be anything from know-it-all clients (you wonder why they even hired you if they’re such experts!) and budget constraints, to locating dependable suppliers for the products and materials you need.
While every designer faces unique challenges on each project, some typical difficulties affect everyone in the industry. Knowing that you aren’t alone in facing these can be a great comfort, but that’s not all. Understanding these challenges is also the first step to finding solutions, without disrupting the manner in which you prefer to work.
Let’s look at the most common difficulties faced by interior designers everywhere, and how they can be overcome:
1. Balancing Trends with Timeless Style
A trend is nothing more than a mentality or behaviour shift that’s triggered by small groups of people but goes on to spread and influence a significant part of the population. Lifestyle and design trends are constantly evolving, and most of your clients will demand the “latest” for their home.
The trouble is, their demands may not always fit the vision you have in mind, or stand the test of time. Changing trends can, however, be incorporated in smaller design elements (paired with larger ones that are classic and versatile) and switched around as new trends emerge.
2. Encouraging Clients to Take Risks
While some clients will insist on the newest design trends, the flip side sees you dealing with those who won’t even consider stepping out of their comfort zone. These are often the projects where you will find yourself restricted the most, unable to freely express your creative vision for space.
Bring in subtle examples of a trending design element or your own signature aesthetic, rather than suggesting complete make-overs that deviate from their own favourite style. As your clients get used to the idea that not all change is bad, you may find that they are more open to other changes that you propose.
3. Matching Your Design Style to the Client’s
Your own interior design style and your clients might be at opposite ends of the style spectrum, which is by far one of the most common difficulties in the sector. Even worse, perhaps your client has no idea about what style they prefer and expect you to help them find it!
Don’t waste time and energy trying to guide them through the various elements of different styles. Instead, ask them to look up designs online and bookmark those that strike their fancy. This will help you narrow down genres and sub-genres that may appeal to them, as well as what styles to avoid while planning the project.
4. Sourcing Quality Products on a Budget
Most of the time, you need specific items for a project, whether they are pre-made or customized as per your requirements. Unless you’re working with a dependable sourcing agent, finding high-quality products within a set budget can be close to impossible.
Sourcing goods from a global marketplace keep expenses low. Tying up with a Global sourcing agent is also the best way to procure more than one type of item, like furniture and décor or building material and artwork in a single trip.
At ExcellaGlobal, we have years of experience at sourcing all kinds of design solutions for homes, offices, guest establishments and more. We can help you take your project from concept to completion, with minimum fuss and expense. Contact us to discuss your procurement needs today!