A good design begins with a good design concept, or “inspiration” as I like to call it.
You’re trying to solve a problem and your concept will lead the way and give you direction for your design decisions. How do you form a concept? What questions do you need to ask in order to develop one? How does your concept become the roadmap for your design?
A design concept is the idea behind a design. It’s how you plan on solving the design problem in front of you. It’s the underlying logic, thinking, and reasoning for how you’ll design your space.
We can think of design concepts in two ways.
1. VERBALLY – the verbal parts of your concept might be words you use to describe the space. For example your design concept might be one of sophisticated elegance. Verbal concepts tend toward the abstract. They’re focused on the message you want your space to communicate.
2. VISUAL– the visual parts of your concept might be a specific image or color scheme. Visual concepts tend to be a little more concrete. They should come from the verbal part of your concept. Visual concepts are focused more on the “how” of conveying your desired outcome when it comes to the finished design.
Typically I begin forming a concept verbally with my clients. At times, though, a concept comes to me visually. I may see an image in my mind for the space or the colors, fabric patterns or specific furniture styles I want to use.
This usually happens after I have done some verbal conceptualizing, before I pull together the concept/inspiration image.
Here are some examples on what that looks like.
CONCEPT TO DESIGN
P.C. PROJECT (WALLPAPER)
We are still waiting on the furniture.
BISHOP EXTERIOR IN PROCESS
BAIK LIVING ROOM
M.B. FAMILY ROOM
How do you come up with concepts for a new design? Do you have a specific process you go through or do you wait for inspiration to find you?
Maybe we can help, CONCEPT TO DESIGN is our specialty.