Taking Interior Design Virtual
Is this quarantine inspiring you to nest and redecorate? Well you aren't alone. Many designers are rising to meet the challenge by offering services virtually, by using technology like FaceTime, Google Hangouts, and Zoom. Brainstorming new packages to meet the clients needs are first priority.
Many of the designers are already offering virtual consultations and most are trying to keep projects moving as best they can. But with all shipments from China and much of Europe practically slowing to a halt, there are challenges. Site visits are being postponed until further notice as well.
Virtual meetings with clients, architect and other people essential to the design process allow us to stay on task with our current jobs, and help our newer clients start the design process. We can send our clients floor plans and images of fabrics and finishes electronically and they can give us direction. There are enough design decisions that can be made virtually to keep the design process moving forward.
If physical samples are needed for decision-making, we will make sure they are received via mail or ground shipping ahead of our discussions. Job site visits to check on work completion and/or installations will be managed on a case-by-case basis, and will also be vetted via web tools whenever possible.
Working with clients virtually has helped us "shift" our business, while it's helpful to bebe in the space and get a sense of scale, there's a lot we can do with video tours and virtual meetings in lieu of in-person meetings.
If you have been thinking about redecorating, the shelter-in-place mandate this could be a great time to spend time online creating mood boards on Pinterest and Instagram, and exploring designers’ portfolios and social media feeds. We have also heard from some showrooms and suppliers are offering virtual tours for anyone ready to specify materials or place orders.
While it isn’t business as usual for the design industry, it seems that companies are being clever and pivoting quickly. All great news for anyone wondering how they can support local businesses. And you just might finally get around to those home décor projects you’ve been putting off. Tag us on social media we'd love to see what you are up to.