Design Strategy - Editing And Knowing When To Stop

Editing a room, or a design requires intuition

When our name is on it, of course, we want it to be perfect.  However, there is no such thing...There is close to perfect and an understood perfection that anyone who is creative strives for.  But it is knowing when to edit and when to stop that is vital to a well-balanced room or design.

Overworked is never good any situation.  Over speaking in a sales pitch, over salting a sauce, over doing your makeup's never good.  It screams - "I wasn't sure and couldn't stop".  Like with anything in life, editing requires finesse.  A feel.  A knowing....and experience and practice bring that.

Editing is intuitive and comes with experience - but there are a few things that can help get you there.

Here are 5 Tips to editing and stopping in time

1) Look at the space from different eyes.  Sometimes that may mean you walk away, and let a bit of time go by and you come back to it with fresh eyes.  Stand back and look at the whole space and see if it "feels" right

2) Look for balance.  Be patient and be willing to deviate from the original plan.  Often, what looked good on a drawing table or design board may not translate as well in reality.  It is a good idea to be open to considering what is needed at the moment.

3) Have options.  Don't assume that the one thing you had envisioned will be perfect.  The larger elements (architectural, furniture, etc) will most definitely have to be necessary but things like a different lamp, accessories, pillows, throws, baskets, fresh branches in a ceramic vase instead of glass.  When finishing out a project, we bring 30-40% more items than what we will use.

4) Trust.  This comes with experience and if you are a designer, or a stager or creative - this is intuitive.  You just KNOW it is right.  The important part is to stick to your choice.  100%. If you are certain, then the finishing touch must be what you believe is the best choice.

5) Never rush.  Install day is a long day and a lot of work, tweaking, adjusting, and setting up.  Be patient and give yourself a lot of time, extra people, dress comfortably and go get it done.  That end result will be your finished photos.  That is how you show others what you can do. 

Make sure you get photos - right away. 

Time it so the light is perfect and your photographer can get the shots.  Look at the photos through the view finder and check once again if the room or design is "saying" what you had intended.  Never feel rushed....THIS IS YOUR WORK.  The knowing comes with time.


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Elizabeth Ribons, ASID, CID, is a successful creative entrepreneur, and active designer.  She is also a  mentor who has helped others to develop their own successful creative businesses.