This may sound like a really silly question. But you would be amazed at how many people hire a designer and then go ask their friend, sister, neighbour, cousin’s best friend etc for their thoughts on the designer’s selections?
Lavender Bay by Studio Quarters
Now, of course there’s nothing inherently wrong with sharing your excitement with family and friends. It an exciting time and can also be nerve-racking. Where the issues come in, is when you have multiple opinions muddying the water.
We all know the saying. Too many cooks spoil the broth. Likewise, this saying can be applied to design. Remember that YOU are the client. You need to make the decision based on the guidance from your paid professional.
Kitchen by Horton and Co
But, if you have sought outside opinions, be open with your designer. You’ll both be thankful for it. Trust me.
Most designers, myself included, provide a round of revisions after the first presentation. Use this as an opportunity to sit with your designer and discuss the input you’ve received. As an expert, your designer will be able to explain to you why these ideas may or may not work and suggest alternatives you may not have considered.
Brunswick West by Taylor Knights
Another reason it can be a bad idea to have too many cooks in the kitchen is functionality and style. Your designer has met with you on several occasions, talked about how you and your family live, and talked about your personal style. This information has then been expertly processed you get you the best result with you in mind.
Your friends and family know you, but their style and function preferences will be different to your own. Your designer is trained to read between the lines and create a space you will love and feel at home in.
Feature image – Sage House by Carole Whiting