An item that everyone is interested in is, “The Budget!” This is your stake. Without a doubt, you're very interested in the amount of money you are willing to invest in any interior design project. The idea is that we do not want to spend your money. We want to invest your money with a view towards a real return on your investment. Your return on investment can happen in many different ways, such as being intellectually stimulating, emotionally satisfying, and visually pleasing. This will create a sense of completeness, so that you are satisfied with the result.

We want to make sure that we're being very honest about the budget. There's no sense in designing a room for $ 100,000 when you only have a budget for $ 15,000. Sometimes with a lower budget, one has to be much more creative in order to get the essence and feel of a job that would cost much more.

Tying back into the “Dream” and the “Discovery Process” spoken of in another article, we then focus on the essence of the proposed design. If we do this, then we know exactly where to compromise if we have to due to any current or future budget constraints. In addition, we can compromise temporarily and then add it in later, as the money becomes available. This will help the creative process immensely, and set you on a path towards the ultimate realization of your dream.

The “Master Plan” is important from this standpoint; not everyone can do a design project all at once. Many people have to take two, three, five, ten, fifteen, or twenty years to fully develop the concept and complete a major project. Therefore, it is very important have a concept! A clear picture of a fuzzy concept just is not going to work! You would agree, would not you?

A master plan is your guiding light and guiding principle. It forms the trajectory from point A to point B. We do not want to deviate from our trajectory, and that is why all the prior steps are so important, to defining the target, so we can hit it right in the bull's-eye .

Properly choosing your “Backgrounds” will make you look better! This is about how to become a “gem” in your own “setting.” You may ask, “What does that mean?” Well, let's just take a diamond ring for an example. You are the “diamond!” How that diamond is set in a surrounding of gold, silver, or platinum, coupled with the design of the appropriate setting, will determine, to a degree the color, the clarity, and the “fire” of that diamond. Now, every diamond has these particular characteristics. However, the setting helps to bring these elements out in a more pronounced way. On the other hand, if it's the wrong setting, it can subdue those characteristics and attributes.

There are lots of backgrounds and backdrops in various colors and textures, which measure what you've seen against in your environment. If chosen correctly, they will bring out the best in you. If chosen poorly, they will not. So which would you prefer? We should all know that certain people look better in certain colors. However, they will look good, or not so good, by what is surrounding them.

You look at things and your environment from your eyes outward . Other people are looking at you in the context of your environment and the backdrops or background surrounding you. It's important not only what you see, but also how others see you in your environment and that which surrounds you.

“Space Planning” is a crucial key to having your interiors looking great and functioning well. This is going to revolve around a few concepts such as form and flow. Space planning is very important especially when you're dealing with a new house; one that you are just starting, or one that is in the planning stages from an architectural perspective. In other cases, you may have an existing building or home that has a layout that you may not be able to change. Moving or alternately removing walls may increase the effectiveness of the space, but check with your architect first. Therefore, reconfiguring a space may be a viable option, so that the floor plan is more workable, suitable, and appropriate.

Take a floor plan, from a condominium for instance. We have two condominiums that have the very same footprint, and look the same. They could have mirror images of each other. The configuration in each scenario is going to make one of those condominiums a “winner” for you, and the other one, not a “winner” for you at all.

It is very important that all the doors, windows, and openings are located properly, because it determines how well that space will mesh with your furniture and your lifestyle. In addition, it affects how well the traffic flows through the space.

In my design seminars, I take two rooms exactly the same size and change-up all the door and window positions, as this illustrates that I can drastically change the traffic patterns in a space so is to make a large space virtually impossible. Therefore, even though you may be paying the same price per square foot, one scenario is delivering a much better return on your investment than the other one!

Configuring a room properly regarding the location of doors and windows, and a fireplace, will determine how traffic flows in and out of the space, and from one point of interest to another. Depending on how well that is done, will determine a traffic pattern that will either open up space for larger groups or it can cut into small pieces so that it's worth hardly anything. Then sometimes, you have to reconfigure and redirect the traffic flow with your furniture placement.

Remember, everything happens within the confines and context of architecture. Designing a rooms or home correctly, with the proper placement of doors and windows, will provide a great foundation for space planning and furniture arrangement. Therefore, we can not overlook the importance of good strong architecture that is appropriate to the lifestyles of the inhabitants and fully supports all the activities in an unencumbered fashion.