How to Find the Right Interior Designer
Building your dream house from ground up or even just remodelling a few rooms in your home can be too much for one person to handle. It can get stressful and messy. The process can take longer as well if you fail to seek help from the right professional. A great interior designer can help bring your space together with ease. If you’re able to choose the right one, you’ll save yourself from a lot of worries. And while interior designers are not known for their cheap service, getting one can help you cut down on unnecessary costs and may even help you get discounts, thanks to the industry connections they’ve built from previous projects. Apart from their expertise in design theory, interior designers can also provide you with inside information on supplier discounts and deals.
Before anything else, you need to understand that hiring a good interior designer will cost you but if you did your job of finding the right one, you’ll find it to be a worthy investment. After all, you will have to live with the consequences of your decisions for years, literally.
Here are some guidelines to help you choose the right interior designer to take charge in one of the most important projects you’ll need to do in your entire adult life:
Identify the style you want to achieve
Gather inspiration and pin down how you’d want the outcome to look. Make sure it matches your personality and lifestyle. A good interior designer should be able to execute your ideal design seamlessly. However, you’ll need to give him something to work with at first. Discuss your taste preferences as well as the ideal atmosphere you want to achieve.
Determine how much you’re willing to spend and set a budget
The amount will vary depending on the size and scope of the project. However, it’s important to know how much you’re willing to spend first before getting the entire project started. This should also be one of the first things you need to discuss with your potential interior designer. You have to know upfront if they are willing to work with your set budget. There will be some interior designers who are not willing to take on smaller projects. So, if you’re not open to expanding your budget, this should be one of the fastest ways to eliminate the wrong candidates right away.
Before making appointments with prospective designers, know that even if you haven’t made the decision and haven’t signed anything yet, there will be designers who charge during the initial consultation.
In general, designers follow one or a combination of these three payment structures:
- An hourly rate
- A flat rate for all types of services rendered
- A cost-plus rate wherein the designer is in charge of purchasing materials and furnishing and just add them up to the total bill as negotiated with the client.
Ask around for recommendations
Chances are you aren’t the first one among your friends or family to seek the help of a professional interior designer. Ask them for recommendations. Usually, a good designer is likely to have a good reputation so he/she may not be that hard to find.
Check out their portfolios
You can know more about the designer or their style by browsing through their previous work. Most established interior designers—like MVRX Designs—have extensive portfolios. Each designer will have their own style. However, the really good ones will be flexible enough to accommodate their clients’ demands and preferences. Look for versatility in their work. Is he able to adapt to different color palettes, themes, spaces, and layouts?
While you’re at it, check their credentials as well.
If you don’t find yourself comfortable enough to ask the designer a long list of questions, then you’re probably talking to the wrong candidate. Communication is important. Make sure to ask a lot of questions until you have nailed down all the specifics.
List everything you’ve discussed
Make a list of all the things you’ve talked about with the designers. This will make comparison much easier. Apart from their skills and talent, you also need to factor in their availability, price, range of services offered and other specifics.
Sign a contract and get to work
Once you’ve chosen the right interior designer, make sure you both sign a contract specifying the project timeline, a list of responsibilities, the agreed budget and mode of payment, as well as other important factors.
Keep in mind that while the bulk of the workload has been taken from you, you still need to play an active part in the process. It is your house after all. Always check in and monitor. However, leave a little room for trust as well. That way, the designer will have enough confidence to work his magic.