When it comes to decorating your home, you want to be sure that the final aesthetic achieves the goal you had when you started the project. While you may want to do all of the design work on your own, it can be a bit overwhelming trying to pull all of the pieces together. With that in mind, it’s a good idea to consider working with an interior designer. In today's post, we’ll take a look at some of the best tips for working with an interior designer to achieve the best results for your home improvement project.
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Find the Right Fit
Just like you, every interior designer has their own approach to design, which means that you want to find the one who best fits the approach you want to follow. Sit down with a designer and ask them what their design approach is, look for similarities in their previous work, and make sure you feel comfortable communicating with them. Since you will be working together for a while on a project that you will live with, it’s important that you feel comfortable expressing what you do and don’t like.
Sometimes, it’s hard to articulate what you want a particular room to look like. With that in mind, start collecting samples of rooms and design elements that you like so that the designer can begin to develop a clear picture of the vision you have and the style you prefer. From fabric swatches and paint chips to furniture catalogs and pictures of completed rooms, the more you are able to show your designer, the easier it will be for them to craft the aesthetic you want. Additionally, it can be helpful to show them examples of things you don’t like, so that they can steer away from those items.
Decide What Must Stay
If there are pieces of furniture or other decor in the wall that you are not willing to part with, be sure to let your designer know at the beginning of the process so that they can determine how to incorporate them into the new room. Involving your designer early in the process will allow them to iron out any potential discrepancies with the other professionals involved, including doorways, ceiling beams, or interior columns that impact the design.
Determine Your Budget
Since many designers own their own businesses, they’re free to determine their fee structure. With that in mind, be sure to find out if they charge an hourly rate with or without the cost of materials included or if they charge you the retail price for merchandise and take the up-charge as their fee. Once you’ve determined how they will charge, be sure to clearly communicate the budget you’re working with. A good designer will lay out a detailed budget before making purchases to ensure that you are in agreement with the plan.