Should you put your interior design project on hold during Covid-19 outbreak?

We are facing an unprecedented time as people are being told to stay home and practice social distancing in an effort to flatten the Coronavirus curve. So many industries are being devastated and life is being put on hold. Uncertainty is the new norm.

Based on my own experience, renovation work is being halted and lead times are getting longer. But, should people stop their interior design projects or not even start a project? I may be biased, but I don't think so. Progress can still be made.

It's important to understand the design process. A significant portion of the interior design process is researching, planning and sourcing. This includes research into design elements and styles, color schemes, furniture layouts, lighting plans, budgeting and sourcing to create a space that's inspiring and reflects a client's vision. This takes time.

If you are just starting to think about the interior of your space and wondering whether you should just wait until this all passes, the truth of the matter is that a lot of work needs to be done before you see a single swatch of paint, fabric or material or a single piece of furniture is delivered. Depending on the scope of the project, it can take weeks, even months just to settle on a design concept.

Fortunately, a lot of the work interior designers, architects, or kitchen designers do is done online. Sketches and floor plans are drawn on software programs, inspiration boards can be created virtually, furniture can be selected from different online sources and the designing of the space can still move forward.

Although deliveries may get pushed back or workers can't continue with a renovation because they can't be on the premises, take this time to push forward on the design concept. Make decisions on what you like and don't like, explore different options a little more carefully and put in orders for what you're sure of, so that when things go back to normal (or as close to normal as we will ever be) you are that much closer to completing your project and enjoying your new space.