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There are plenty of reasons people don’t like interior design. In my opinion, it can be a barrier to communication. The main thing that people don’t like is the clutter. There are a lot of things to look at in a home and it can get overwhelming. There are so many objects to choose from that it can be confusing.

Interior designers have been criticized for not taking the time to consider the needs of different groups in their projects. It is my personal belief that interior designers are better at understanding how to interact with clients and consumers in a manner that satisfies their desire to create beautiful spaces. This isn’t to say that interior designers shouldn’t be concerned with all these things. It is just that there should be a better way to make the experience of a client’s home more pleasant from the outset.

This is a common practice I see in many interior design schools. The designer talks with clients about their needs and then makes a design that focuses on those needs. The problem with this is that it focuses on the designer’s needs, not the client’s. Because the client has no clue about the designer’s needs, a client may end up with a home that is out of balance and not quite what she needs.

The first step in addressing this problem is making sure your design addresses the clients needs. This means looking to the client as a person and not as a consumer. If you say, “I want a kitchen without a sink,” your client will be able to tell you what she really wants. For example, if your client wants a kitchen with a pull-down island for cooking, then the sink is absolutely not going to fit in the space.

A kitchen without a sink is obviously not what she wants, but most of us would never say that.

This is a problem with not providing your clients with design information. When clients or potential clients ask for this kind of design information, they are asking your firm to think about something that is not their particular space. They are suggesting that you are not being helpful in your thought process. You don’t need to provide design information that is not needed to answer a question about your clients own space.

One of the most common ways that I see clients complain about design information is when the question is, “How often do you clean up your kitchen?” It seems like a pretty innocuous question, but it isn’t. Most clients want to know if they can expect to have clutter in their kitchen.

Most often, that clutter includes clothes, food, dishes, and dirty dishes in the sink. If that is your kitchen, then you dont need to design your kitchen to be clean. You dont NEED to provide design information that is not needed to answer that question.

The interior design question is a bit different than the kitchen question. Most clients arent asking about design information, they are asking about a specific aspect of the kitchen. That is, are you going to provide design information of the kitchen, or is the kitchen going to provide design information? Typically the design information, though not always, is not the question the client is asking.

Yes, that is exactly correct. A client will usually ask for a quote on a specific element of a kitchen, such as a cabinet or a sink. And that is a question. The client doesnt need you to provide design information about that. The client wants you to provide a quote on the specific elements of the kitchen.

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