8 Things You Need to Know Before Working with an Interior Designer
Monday, June 1, 2015
If you're considering hiring an interior designer to relieve some of the headaches of home remodeling, you'll need to know these eight things first.
1. Select the right type of designer for your needs.
Do you need someone to complete an entire redesign or just need a little advice to point your remodel in the right direction?
If your needs align more with the latter, you may want to consider in-store designers. Many home decor retailers have their own designers on staff that will complete an in-home consultation. While these consultations are usually free, these designers are often limited in the items they recommend.
Hourly designers are great for projects when you'll need recommendations and input throughout the whole process. Be sure to request examples and reviews of their work to find the best designer for your style.
2. Know how you want the finished product to function.
3. What furniture or accessories must stay?
4. Have an open mind.
Your designer will be the expert in knowing how certain materials fit your lifestyle best. You may love that cork flooring but your active lifestyle, pets and rolling furniture may break it down in no time. Be open to learn more about other options.
It's important to also have realistic expectations. Don't get your heart set on a specific page in a magazine or photo online. These sources are great for sharing with your designer the styles that you're drawn to but likely cannot be replicated in your space.
5. Set your budget and stick to it.
6. Determine a timeline.
7. Be mindful of major changes.
8. Be Patient
Good design takes time. The wait may seem unbearable, but worth it in the end when you have a room you can be proud of!
Have you worked with an interior designer before? Share your best advice with us in the comments below! For even more insights into your personal style, be sure to check out our style selector.