As well as having an innate sense of design and years of training in colour theory, interior designers also use several tools to define the process and make sure that their design meets their client’s needs.

One of the most important tools that a designer uses to gather all of the information they need about the scope of the project is the client brief. If you are thinking about redecorating yourself, this is a great process to go through to clarify your needs and bring some direction to the project.

To get a full client brief for the project an interior designer will consider a number of different things:

1. Who will use the room or space? Will the room need to withstand knocks and scrapes from pets? Are there young children who need to be protected from sharp edges?

2. How will the space be used? What lifestyle do the occupants lead? Is it a room that will see a lot of entertaining? Will multiple family members be using it at the same time? If the room will see lots of traffic every day, then a pure white scheme for instance may be difficult to maintain.

3. What type of property is it? Although interior schemes can be eclectic, with a classic look in a modern home or a period property with the latest colours, it is useful to know the history of the property and take note of any period features or unusual style elements that can be brought into the scheme. The type of construction of the property can also be important if there are large considerations such as weight bearing that need to be taken into account.

4. What is the budget? One of the most important considerations – how much are you willing to spend to create the look? This will impact on most of the decisions that you make on finishes, brands and the longevity of the items that you buy. A good interior designer will always bring the project in on budget and you should do the same!

5. Aesthetics – do you have a signature style? What type of look are you drawn to? Do you like bright colours or neutrals? Do you prefer pop art or impressionists? It can be useful to start a moodboard or scrapbook to collect pictures of rooms, furniture or accessories that you like, so that you can see themes forming.

So, if your budget doesn’t stretch to using an interior designer, you can use the ‘client brief’ tool as an information gathering process to inform your own project. It can be particularly useful when there are a few family member’s needs to be considered, who may all have different likes and opinions. You can include the children – everyone can contribute to the moodboard and bring their ideas to the table.

You can turn the process into one that is fun and inclusive, and you never know, you may just get a better result too! Order your colourcards here