The single biggest protestation that most people make when encouraged to get involved in the design process is that they’re creative. There are a few things to keep in mind here, though, that go beyond any initial hesitations.

The first is that you don’t need to be a “creative type” to both understand and appreciate the creative process. It is possible to take part in that process by expressing yourself and your likes and dislikes, without actually being “creative” yourself.

The second thing to keep in mind is that there are a few different components at work here. You have a designer who will put all of those pieces together for you; you don’t need to create anything, draw anything, or design anything. What you do need to do, however, is think long and hard about what it is you want to see in the space. This can be something as simple as wanting to include subway tile because you like the lines or it can be as complex as mixing and matching cabinet styles and colors close to one another.

Finally, you are not ultimately responsible for the finished design. You are not required to be; this is why you hired the Pro. Your Pro will take your ideas, your creative input, and your opinions, and your Pro will turn them into the finished design.

So, what exactly is stopping you now? It can’t be fear that the project won’t turn out well, because your Pro will see to that.

One thing that could be holding you back is a lack of confidence in your ideas and opinions. For example, you may like something, but are hesitant to say so, worried that your designer won’t see it the same way.

The thing to keep in mind here, though, is that in the end, it doesn’t matter what your designer thinks, as long as you are happy with the final design. I can’t tell you how many times I designed a bathroom with colors or materials that I would never have chosen myself, yet that made my client very, very happy. And in the end, the room worked well and had beauty and charm all its own.

In fact, at this stage, it may be easier for you to divorce yourself from the idea of creativity. If you’re nervous that you aren’t creative, then consider stopping this particular thought process. For example, if this process isn’t “creative” then all you are doing is offering your likes and dislikes, and everyone has opinions, particularly when it comes to their own homes.

Your Voice Matters

Even people who don’t view themselves as creative are still able to look at and enjoy art. They can appreciate it and the work that went into it. And this observation and appreciation is an essential part of the creative process; it’s the other end that connects the circle and fuels the creative process.

It’s important to keep this in mind as you think through what it is you want for your home. Don’t worry about the creative part yet; whether you take part in this role with your designer or not is yet to be determined. Right now, you are simply acknowledging the fact that your opinion matters, particularly when it comes to your own home.

When your home project is complete, you want to look around and be happy. You want to feel proud of your home, and at peace with the way, it looks and functions. And you can’t do that if you don’t let your designer know what those things are that you enjoy.

Once you accept that you can have opinions and ideas and that it’s totally OK to have opinions and ideas that differ from your Pro’s, you can begin unlocking your own creative process. Even if all that process entails is identifying those images and materials that make you happy. Sometimes, the simplest type of creation occurs when you acknowledge to yourself the things that you enjoy admiring. From here, it’s possible to continue with the rest of the process.

So, even if you take only the barest of forays into this sector at this point, just remind yourself this: Yes, you can create.