Design in Today’s Media

Today there are many windows into the Interior Design world, but not all are entirely realistic. Current television shows depict a quick, easy, affordable design that is practically completed over night; This calls for both skipping steps and cutting corners. Many of these television shows are focused around completing an entire design project within 48 hours, for under a couple thousand dollars. In reality, designing a room takes time, detail, and patience. The old saying is true–Rome wasn’t built in a day. The design process has many steps, including, but not limited to, measurements, drafting, shopping, pricing, ordering, delivery, and installation. If any one of these steps is overlooked or rushed, the overall design could suffer greatly. This main issue with the impression these television shows make, is the time frame by which to expect a project to be completed. If you are working within a tight schedule, you will have to be more flexible with your design due to limited availability of stock. Not every item will be readily available, and many have long lead times to be delivered from remote warehouses. Ordering and shipping for an entire design project can be an extremely long process. In order for every item to arrive on the same day, you must work off of the longest shipping time out of your list. Meaning that if you are concerned with doing one final installation, many of your delivery times must be delayed. For example, even if one item can be delivered in two days, if another must wait for 4 weeks, you will have to delay the first item’s delivery. For pricing, many current media sources suggest that an entire space can be done for only a few thousand dollars. While this may be true in some cases, the outcome will not fulfill your expectations. Design is meant to be personal and unique, a quick cheap pick from giant superstores may not always suffice. What a lot of these shows and articles do not disclose is that many of their items used are donated to promote a product. For example, if a design show is working on a living room and a $2,000 couch was donated, that would explain how they keep their total price tag so low. These shows are great for those at home looking for inspiration, but their time phrame and budgets should be taken with a grain of salt. Design is a process that calls for many adjustments and details. Rushing your design, or trying to fit within an unreasonable budget, will not lead you to the beautiful space you are looking for.

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