before-hiring

10 Things You Should Know Before Hiring an Interior Designer.

Keep an Open Mind

Designers realize how difficult it is for most to envision the finished space, when you sit down for the first time to look at furnishings and finish selections. Once you start seeing things come together, it will all make more sense.

Do Your Homework

Before you even meet with an interior designer, perhaps pull images from design magazines or online sources to give your designer a better idea as to what your tastes are. However, be realistic about how far you can stretch your budget. This leads us to…

Budget

Make sure you can fully trust your designer of choice. Meet with them for a consultation before the process starts to make sure both parties fully understand the scope of expectations. Stay open-minded about the process and make sure not to micro-manage your interior designer. A professional interior designer wants to create your dream space. Micro-managing only makes the process more difficult for both parties!

Give Your Designer Freedom

Interior Designers are the vision leader on most projects even when it comes to new home construction and remodels. This is why an interior designer should be contacted from the start of a project.

Involve an Interior Designer from The Beginning

We all love interior design shows where it seems like the home was decorated over night. In real life interior design is a structured step by step presses that can take months or years depending on the size of the project.

Keep an Open Mind

Programs on HGTV make the design process seem so simple as though designers wave some magic wand and it all comes together. The truth is, 3D drawings/sketches take many hours to complete, and custom furnishings take several weeks to receive. There are many steps to the design process before we get to “TA-DA!”

You Get Special Perks

Interior designers have access to a network of talented craftsmen, manufacturers, exclusive fabric lines and distributors. If you hire an interior designer, the spaces in your home will be highly customized and your home will stand out among the rest in the neighborhood.

This Should Be a Long Term Relationship

Due to the personal nature of your home. The design process can lead to a very special friendship with your designer. After you have completed one project, they will become your go to designer for life!

Be Understanding

Professional interior designers have a process to minimalize problems, but sometimes they still arise. There is a solution to everything so be sure to keep a positive attitude. It is important to note that there are many factors, and other professionals involved in the design process. The designer is often at the mercy of others to complete the project on time.

Enjoy The Process

Creating a vision and seeing it realized is one of the most rewarding things you can experience. After everything is complete, all is quiet, and you finally have a moment to admire the masterpiece you created, you will understand how valuable an interior designer is.

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