After a client recently asked that their children work with them and our interior designer during the design process, we began to think about the benefits of having children work directly with a designer. Sure, it can help you see the benefits of brilliant design at a young age, but are there mutual benefits or just want to make the process more stressful?
It is invaluable to our team to teach children the value of a well-judged aesthetic along with the process of collaboration. But how do you manage it successfully? To inspire you, learn how to do it, what to learn, and what will benefit your family as a whole.
How it goes:
Take care of bigger steps without them
Work with your interior designer to make long-term investments and let your child’s input leave elements that are more playful and easier or cheaper to swap out.
However, let them shop with you so they don’t miss any phase of the project, whether in showrooms, through catalogs or online, as there are invaluable lessons to be learned in the process.
Give them an incentive
Advise them on their own bedrooms and spaces while they consider decorating options, and let them know that they are responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of the area they have been assigned.
Unfortunately, when it comes to smart investments, the sky is not the limit. Maintain the veto right by guiding the selection by narrowing down the choices that grab your attention and meet your budget first.
This will help them participate better while contributing to the overall outcome of the project.
Teach them how to be realistic
Letting your kids work with you and your interior designer is a great way to get them involved while getting a successful outcome. At first you may notice that their attitudes towards your home are as high as any child can be, and this is where it would be wise to step in and point them out on budget, space, and practical limitations to teach them how to stay grounded .
Once they get a better sense of the reality of your project, they can get involved better.
Advantages for you:
They will learn experiences from which they can draw
As you go through the interior design process together, they can take every step from sourcing inspiration to furnishing to bidding – all invaluable experiences that every child can benefit from if the project is a success.
You will be proud of the result
As with any collaborative effort, when your child sees and feels the benefits of interior design that they have realized by participating on your side with you and your interior designer, your child will be sure to be proud of the result. Which, in turn, and luckily for you, will inspire them to help you take better care of your home while appreciating the value that great design offers.
You learn how to work together
Since any upgrade of your home, from a simple room refresh to a major overhaul, is sure to present stressful issues that require proper management, you will also learn how to best work with people to get the best results through appropriate communication and problem-solving skills to achieve .
Advantages for you:
You will form a new bond
You went back to school together, you went shopping together, but something as important as decorating your home will exponentially increase the intimacy and understanding of your relationship.
It’s a longer term collaboration that helps you appreciate the way they work with you and others, their problem-solving skills, and how they see everyday life and the world in general. This precious time transforming your home together is also a great way to remind them of the importance of feeling at home and appreciating it.
You will learn more about their tastes
From what drives them aesthetically to the ability to properly communicate their vision while they focus on what they don’t like, it helps you keep them involved throughout the life of your project so that you can stay on top of the same in the future Stay side.
Additionally, it helps you steer a design direction that the entire household will enjoy and takes pride in achieving something together so that you can make the most of your investment and time. And you always have a handy second opinion that comes from instinct.
You will see how they work with others
Having you and your interior designer help them define each step of the interior design process will be a quick way to see how well they work with others and what communication skills they have.
This, in turn, will inspire you to help them cope with problems you have encountered together, and you can strengthen their ego by celebrating with confidence the aspects and elements that have managed them.
All in all, getting your kids involved in the interior design process is a win-win as they’ll remember the project’s pros and cons as great childhood memories that were beneficial to get started.
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