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When presenting your interior design client with your designs, should you offer more than one design?


Well, the short answer is... no. And here's why:

1. When I present my client with a design, I have spent hours collecting products that are in their budget, will ship in time for their end date, and fit the style the client prefers. This. Takes. Time. Making multiple designs will literally cost the client double or triple the cost of one design. It is a poor way to spend the client's money.

2. Clients don't need to be burdened with choosing from multiple designs. They have hired you for your expertise, and your decision making is part of that. If you offer too many options, you will appear to lack confidence in what is best for your client. Be decisive, present your client with your best design, and if needed, make edits.

3. When I create a design, I am choosing what I believe to be the very best for my client. Any other designs I put together will be second to the best. Now *sometimes* I will offer a more budget-friendly secondary option, but again, it will not be the better design option. Why offer a subpar design to your client when you want them to have the very best?

Now what about the exceptions? Sure, there are times when I've made a mood board to present to my client and there was an item the client wasn't in love with that needed to be changed. Often times that means you have to make adjustments to the entire design, and that's totally ok and part of the process.

But the difference in making multiple designs verses editing a primary design is that when you make edits, you're perfecting, but when you make multiple designs, you're hesitating.

You need to be confident that your design instincts are spot on for the client's needs. Your client will sense that and be grateful for it.

So be confident and provide your client with your best design!


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