It’s the middle of a renovation, the new flooring has just gone down (or new window or first coat of paint…) and you’re panicking. The brain has started churning and, as a friend of mine says, the inner gibbons are chattering. In earnest. And it goes something like this: “It doesn’t look right, I’ve made a mistake, this is all wrong, what am I going to do now!”
Stop. And, as my yoga instructor says: Remember to Breathe. Breathe in. Breathe out. Keep breathing.
Often when something new is happening, particularly when it’s a radical change from what has come before, it’s hard for us to take it in. Our very being rebels against it even if intellectually we know it’s the right thing. And, when there is a big dollar value attached and a permanency about the decision, we’re even more on focused on it being perfect.
So, what to do about the panic? Now that you’re breathing again, go back to your plan and the image that you had, either in your head or on your mood board, of the finished design. Take the space that you currently have and start adding in all the other elements that still need to be completed before the room is finished. Is it adding up? Is it starting to look like it should? If so, you can stop panicking.
What you’re seeing isn’t the finished result. Design is holistic and can often look flat, bland or wrong until all elements are in place. A deep grey on the walls may feel depressing until all of the furniture is in place and then it feels peaceful and relaxing. New washed oak cabinetry may look too country until the sleek stainless steel benchtop is installed and it takes on a modern feel.
So, what happens if you add it all up and it is still less than what you want? Well, first, remember to breathe! Then, take stock. Is the result as designed and specified? If not, speak to your trades about what changes were made, why and what can be done. If it is wrong, get it fixed now before the project goes any further.
If it is as you designed and specified, then work out why it’s not adding up to the space you wanted and what changes you can make now and/or in then next phase to bring it back to what you want. It may seem like a lot of money and time to redo now but you need to live with and love the result for many years to come so the extra cost may be minimal when amortised over time.
So, stop. Don't panic. Breathe. And enjoy the prospect of a wonderful new space!