Important Things to Know Before Hiring an Interior Designer

Before committing to an interior designer there are some important things to keep in mind so you can have the home of your dreams.

Redesigning the interior of your home is an incredibly personal project that you’ll want done correctly the first time around. This is why many homeowners chose to hire interior designers to work with them on their home remodel. If you’ve always had difficulty creating the look and feel you want in your home, you might want to call a pro for help. There are a few things that you’ll need to know first.


Costs May Vary

Hiring an interior designer could cost you as little as $50 for a consultation, or it could cost anywhere from hundreds or thousands depending on the prestige of the designer you're interested in. Be aware that you’ll be hiring someone who has spent a lot of time, money, and energy to become an expert at making spaces look and feel perfect for their clients. As with anything else, the higher the cost, usually the better the result. 


When you ask for an estimate, be sure to be as detailed as possible about the kind of work you need. Make sure your designer knows what kind of consultation you need (short and to the point, or longer to assess specific details) so you can both take advantage of your time. 




Designer Strengths and Specializations

When you hire an interior designer, you’ll want to make sure that they’re familiar with the styling you prefer. Get the feeling of their style and the kind of work they’re most comfortable with by looking through their portfolio. In most cases, this will be available on their website and you can look at it before your consultation. You should make sure to ask plenty of questions before you commit to hiring them as your interior designer. Design projects require both the designer and homeowner to mesh well. Get a strong understanding of how their style will work with your ideas.




Listen to Their Suggestions

Once you’ve chosen a designer and you’ve started working together, you must know that they won't always do exactly what you say. Remember that you’ve hired a professional who's studied the art of interior design. Don’t be surprised when they have some opposing suggestions for how your living space should be arranged. You don’t have to agree with everything your interior designer says, but don't micromanage. Allow your interior designer creative freedom and you’ll be surprised at how their recommendations will alter your home.




Collect Pictures and Samples

When you talk with your designer about what you want for your home, it helps to have some visuals available. Communication is key. Make sure you verbalize the expectations you have with with your designer. Don't be afraid to get straight to the point. When you talk with your interior designer about what you want for your home, it helps to have visuals available. Take some time to look up photos of what you're expecting if this will convey your ideas better than words. Gather samples of the kinds of materials you like best. You can find samples in hardware stores, furniture stores, or chain stores depending on which materials you’re searching for. Your designer should provide samples as well so you can both compare and contrast ideas



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