The importance of a master plan for your interior design projects is of vital importance. The reason for this is that your money and your time are two of the things that are inseparable. It is critical that your time, your money, and your resources are allocated properly.
It doesn’t matter how much money you have or how little money you have. If someone says, “I’ve got a thousand dollars to spend,” that is a lot of money for them. If another person says, “I’ve got ten thousand dollars to spend,” that will be a lot of money for that individual to spend. Even if somebody has one hundred thousand dollars to spend, that will be a lot of money to them. And lastly, even if it’s one million dollars, for a multi-millionaire, it’s still a significant amount of money to spend.
So, do you want to just spend the money, or do you really want to invest the money? The answer is rather obvious. You want to invest the money because you want a return on your investment, in more ways than one. You want a return on your investment emotionally, intellectually, and visually for maximum impact and enrichment.
Having a master plan helps orchestrate all the components that go into producing great interior design. If you’re working in a single room, you have to orchestrate all the different furniture pieces. If you’re working on a whole house, you need to transition in different areas and have some relatedness. A master plan helps you successfully accomplish that.
A master plan is also about the importance of words. Here I’m talking about the intangible things first, because the intangibles almost always precede the tangibles. Somebody has an idea, and then eventually it becomes a reality. But the correct words will frame the concept, and the concept will frame the reality.
Another very important thing is to have your master plan on paper. Because without having it documented, you can’t look at it, you can’t ponder it, and you can’t meditate on it. This is the aspect that can get you excited. It’s your vision!
Always remember, whether it’s a house you have right now or whether it’s a house you plan to build, you’re always working within the context of its’ architecture. Both the interior design and the architecture should act together as a “hand-and-glove” scenario. This analogy relates to the fit, feel, and appropriateness of the interior design with regard to the architecture. In this relationship, the architecture exists to contain or house the interior. The interior is the hand and the architecture is the glove. And it’s the hand that animates the glove, making it come alive.