Don’t Hire an Interior Designer Until You’ve Read This

Have you ever tried to remodel and /or redecorate your home? For those of you who have embarked on this journey of furniture buying, swatch ordering and working with contractors, you know that doing it alone is nearly impossible. This is where an interior designer comes into play. A good interior designer will not only give you decorating ideas based on expertise, he or she will also save you money by pointing out little intricacies and design details that otherwise, you may miss.

There are plenty of upsides in partnering with an interior designer, but when it comes to hiring the right interior designer, many people are skeptical or cautious. This is, in part, because designer fees and processes are not set in stone. To curb your skepticism, ask key questions before you hire an interior designer- a good designer will answer your questions and allay your concerns.

Because key questions aren’t always the easiest to pinpoint, I have gathered some FAQs from a few current clients and reflected upon them so that your remodeling and redecorating process is as seamless and enjoyable as possible.

Q: What if I don’t need a designer for the full design process and I just need someone to bounce my ideas?

A: Although there are some interior designers who only work on projects that involve the whole house, many will be willing to guide you throughout specific phases of the design process. The first phase where this type of consultation can really help your situation is when you are almost ready to start your project. The second phase is when you are in the process of making important decisions on specific materials, such as buying furniture. In fact, your interior designer can likely create a report that includes elements such as paint colors, fabrics, countertops, and cabinets, and where to find them. A good designer will provide recommendations, but in this case, you will be in charge of ordering and receiving. This will still allow you to have more control of your renovation.

Q: How do I come up with a budget for my home decorating projects?

A: The key is to create a design plan in stages, and keep in mind that your whole house does not have to be decorated at once. For example, some people decide to do the family room first, then the kitchen, then the upstairs bathroom.