Master Plan It!

Nugen’s House of Interiors Inc.
10/14/2011
Louanne Nugen, Interior Designer and President
Master Plan It!

I have a design secret for you. You know the beautiful homes and projects seen in your favorite magazines and on TV shows? Contrary to popular belief they rarely happen all at once. It takes careful coordination with a qualified interior designer to develop a Master Plan for the entire project, and then implementing the design plan not necessarily all at once. Partnering with an interior designer before you begin your new home, office, second home or remodeling project will save frustration, time and most importantly, costly mistakes, miscalculations and prevent a less-than-satisfying end result. The Master Plan is the cornerstone of an effective and envied final product. 

A Master Plan begins with a dialogue between the interior designer and client about what the latter wants to achieve and a frank discussion of one’s budget. Ideas borrowed from books, magazines, television or travels are a great place to start. This discussion leads the interior designer and client to establish a Master Plan that will be followed and implemented over time. It is preferable that a project be completed in stages over years to achieve the ultimate goal of a jaw-dropping space, rather than an inappropriate mix of colors, weekend projects and half-thought out ideas that have no consistency, resulting in the mundane and ordinary. 

The Master Plan sets the style and location of permanent features such as walls, windows, doors, cabinetry, unique molding features and the like. Then preferred design styles (i.e. modern, eclectic, traditional) and a pallet of colors are carefully selected and woven into choices related to furniture and furniture location, wall coverings and stylized effects, fabric selections including preferred textures, window treatments and floor coverings. Finally, and what should never be forgotten, the Master Plan accounts for accessories, those things that can take a design project from good to gorgeous. Lamps, mirrors, items for the mantel and tables, rugs and pillows can easily consume a full third of a design project. 

Consistent use of and referral to your personal Master Plan prevents multiple changes to a space, impulse buying of items that are of the wrong scale or style, and will overall permit you to remain within budget. Your interior designer will appreciate knowing that when you call on them to start another phase of your design project it is in keeping with the Master Plan you started months or even years earlier. 

Who knows, maybe yours will be the next example of fine design displayed in Fort Wayne Living! Develop a Master Plan, implement it and then enjoy it! 


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