TIPS FOR WORKING WITH AN INTERIOR DESIGNER
Working with an interior designer can give your home continuity, function and beauty. Here are some tips for smooth sailing during the process:
1. Share your rituals, your habits, how you live, how you want to live. The more information you can give your designer, the better.
2. Be upfront and honest about your budget. Plan a project with goals and phase-in purchases over time if necessary.
3. Be clear about what you like and don’t like. Don’t be embarrassed or think your designer will judge you; his or her job is to help you develop an interior style that fits your home and family.
5 Key Things to Consider When Choosing an Interior Designer
Making the decision to hire an interior designer is an important one whether you are building a new home or redecorating a single space. Here are a few tips to consider as you start the process.
1.Experience/The Design Portfolio
The designer’s portfolio will tell you a lot about his or her design ability and experience. Has the designer done the same types of projects you are considering, in both scope and style? Is the portfolio well rounded to include single spaces, remodeling projects, kitchens & baths and new home construction? The projects should reflect completed spaces with quality furnishings, cabinetry, fixtures etc. And a portfolio with a variety of styles shows you that the designer is capable of doing any style you want.
Ask the designer to discuss his or her design process: what does it entail and how long will it take? Does the designer do just the design or can he or she manage the project from start to finish as well? If you can work with just one person from concept to completion the project will run smoothly and be completed on time.
Cost is a big consideration. But not the only one. Is the designer willing to do a small design project as well as larger ones? And how much does he or she charge? The key is to get the most quality for a reasonable price. A qualified designer will be able to help you get the most bang for your buck and still be able to deliver the design you want.
4.Qualifications and Professionalism
How many years of experience does the designer have? Is he or she licensed or affiliated with a professional organization like ASID (American Society of Interior Designers). Does he or she have a design degree? These all add a level of professionalism which can be invaluable to the success of your project.
A few simple documents will avoid confusion and misunderstandings. Does the designer use a contract or letter of agreement? This will lay out what he or she will deliver and what is expected of you. All product orders should be written up on a p.o. or invoice for you to approve.
Most of all, you will want to work with someone who you feel comfortable with, someone who will take the time to listen carefully to your ideas and be excited to work on your project. After all, the design process should be enjoyable and rewarding.