Think about it.
After weeks of shopping, you may only fall in love with one couch, and that couch only comes in 4 different fabrics. Now what? You have 4 different fabrics to choose from to go with your paint colour or you could have had thousands of paint colours to choose from to go with your couch. It’s kind of obvious that we are doing things backwards here.
So what’s the solution?
I’ve had to struggle with this one for a while because I can’t control when a client calls me and how far into their renovation it is. The only solution that I can come up with is to plan your construction like and interior designer would. Don’t wait until your contractor tells you what he needs next to proceed. Create a concept for your space from the beginning, choose everything even before construction begins, shop furniture as early into the renovation/construction/move as possible. Create a mood board, have a plan, an idea, finishes selected and furniture options. Just don’t choose your paint colours blindly because you will be limiting yourself at the next step, when it’s time to shop furniture.
If you are planning on hiring a designer, this is another reason why it is so important to involve your designer as early into the process as possible.
This is a great example; do you think they were able to choose the paint colour before the curtain, fireplace brick and furniture? Definitely not! (for the record, I think a few things are off about this room, but nonetheless a great example)