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Redesigning your home without leaving the house

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Mika, Staff Writer

Monday, 25 January 2021

It’s easy to get bored with the way your home looks, especially when you’re spending a lot of time inside it. Maybe you want a new look for your home, or you just want to make the most of the space that you have.

There are many reasons that people choose to hire an interior designer to work in their home, but it’s not always easy to find someone local who is able to travel to your home. Fortunately, most interior designers offer a virtual design service.

Here are our top tips on how you can make a remote design service work for you.

Understand what you want to achieve

The first thing to do is to carefully consider what you want from your rooms. Are you looking for a space to relax and unwind or a room where you’ll be productive? Knowing what you want to achieve means that your interior designer will have a clear idea of your goals, so you’re much more likely to be satisfied with the end result.

Take photos

You’ll need to take both photos and videos of the rooms that you’re wanting to redesign. Whether it’s your kitchen, your living room, your bedroom or your study, taking photos of every angle of the room will give your interior designer a good perspective of your space.

It’s also a good idea to take photos of any rooms of your house that you like to give your interior designer an idea of your style. This will also help your rooms to flow together, as the designer will be able to see the wider picture.

Communication is key

There’s nothing more important than communication when it comes to getting the design right. The more you talk, the better your designer will understand what you want. They need to know who you are as a person, how you use your home and what you’re expecting from the design.

Some designers may ask you to walk around the house whilst on a video call such as Zoom, Skype or Facetime. This will give them a good understanding of the layout and flow of your house, along with the lighting. Expect to be asked what pieces of furniture you want to keep and what you’re planning to replace.

Measure up

It’s important for your interior designer to know the measurements of your rooms so that they can visualise various arrangements. If you’ve got floorplans from when you purchased the house, these will be very useful. Otherwise, you’ll need to measure the rooms.

You’ll need to make sure you include measurements for key features of the room including windows, radiators, alcoves and fireplaces. Your interior designer can then use these measurements to create 3D visuals of the room to show you how your design might look.

Choosing the right Interior Designer

It can be difficult to know which interior designer to choose, especially if it’s your first time using the service. It’s important to get it right when you’re redesigning your home but luckily Bark can help. When you use Bark to hire an interior designer, you can discover profiles of all available interior designers, along with reading genuine reviews from former clients.

If you’re ready to get started with redesigning your home remotely, find an interior designer on Bark.

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