Hiring the right Interior Designer can make all the difference. Follow these simple tips to find the best Designer for your design project.
The first thing to do is to use a notebook to jot down all the ideas you have swirling around in your head. Consider the room and what it will be used for. Also, why cut out some of the things you like from magazines and add them to the mix. Mix and match and don’t be afraid if the images are disparate. It’s about bringing ideas together to create what you want.
Now, you also need to think of a budget for the re-design. This gives you and your designer an idea of what you will be able to afford and how much room they have to work with. Now, you can go and decide on your designer.
Most designers will have some form of qualification and many have special training in architectural drawing among other expertise. Some may not be fully trained, but they may have been in this line of work for a long period of time. Either way, choose someone with you feel you can have a strong rapport with and who will listen to your ideas.
Asking friends and family for recommendations is a good idea, as is searching the Internet, visiting model homes in your locality and also looking through design magazines. You should then write a list of possible designers down on a sheet of paper and prepare to contact them.
There are all sorts of questions you need to ask the designer to get an idea of how suitable they are for you. You need to know firstly if they’re available for the specific period, if they are insured, how much they charge, whether they expect you to hire tools or they will do so and whether you need to contact subcontractors or whether it’s up to them. Some will want you to take everything on, from ladder hire, to purchasing paint – so read the small print. Also, discuss the project and gauge the feeling you get from them and whether they are actually interested or not.
Now that you’ve completed this you should have a short list of interior designers. Meet these and ask them to bring portfolios of their work. This will be the time to share your vision and the notes from earlier on. You should also judge the chemistry between both of you now and see if you feel the person is right for working with. You need to feel comfortable with them to get the most from your design.
Finally, ask for costs, schedules, deadlines and anything else you can think of. Then sit back, take your time and hire the person you think is best suited to you.
Cormac Reynolds is a DIY writer and has a love of design and home improvement.