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How to Write a Design Brief to Give to Your Interior Designer

When you are about to embark on a project for  new design or a renovation, be it an office or home renovation, a design brief will needed to give your architects, contractors, interior designer or decorator what your end vision is all about. Thus, in this blog, RM Perera as a reputed turnkey interior design has a few tips on how to write a design brief to give to us, your interior designer.

A design brief is essentially a wish list of things that you want for your office or home renovation, which will cover various factors of design. The design brief you will need to put together will feature some of the following;

  • the type of design project it will be,
  • the location of the design project in Sri Lanka,
  • the appearance and style aesthetic you are after,
  • the type of light orientation,
  • the sensory qualities in the design
  • the projected budgeted cost
  • the construction methods and green building concepts you want to incorporate
  • the objectives of the project

Interior Design Brief

Essentially, as you write the design brief to give to your project, think of it as the foundation to the design on which the project will grow on. The design brief will be the document that all the contractors will refer to ensure that the project is on track.  The approach on how you write a design brief is based a few steps that will help you arrive at a design brief that is comprehensive. The 5 steps to write a detailed design brief for your design project is as follows.

  1. Collate a vision list or inspiration – Put together a storyboard of your inspiration for your office or home renovation project design brief. You can also put together a shopping board to know what kind of furniture you want to use for this renovation project.
  2. Know what you need – By assessing what you have and what you would like to have, you will know what you want to include for this office or home renovation project design brief.
  3. Figure out the list of spaces you want designed in the project scope – By figuring out what each space is and what you may want to use it for, you are halfway there to finishing your design brief.
  4. Go through the list and detail your needs per space separately –Once you have the space you want to include in your renovation, you should also have a storyboard for your design brief, such as what each space will be utilised for, the furniture you hope to include, categorise the room or even be able to use several spaces together.
  5. Figure out what the overall goals and prioritise the list for the project- Your design brief should be similar to a business plan of your company. You need to have your vision, mission and goals in order. With these in hand, your decision-making with regards to the office or home renovation will be simple.

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