9 Tips for Working With An Interior Designer
So you've decided to take the plunge and hire an interior designer to transform your space. Congrats!! Working with an interior designer is an exciting process that will be an absolute game changer for your home. Whether you need design services for a color scheme, furniture placement, your living room or an entire home- you will save time, money, and heartache by enlisting the help of a professional who will work their design magic.
1. Make Sure It's a Good Fit
First and foremost, you must ensure that any design professional you hire is a good fit for you and your project. A good collaboration means that you and your designer align with business practices, aesthetics and personalities. Interview a few designers to get a sense of what's out there and keep going to find your perfect match.
2. Start With Pictures
The best gift you can give your designer a clear image of what you want. Whether it's a photo of that elegant dining room from Elle Decor, crisp white kitchen on Pinterest, or the to die for window treatments from Houzz, your designer will gain an infinite amount of information from every image you share. And while the Internet can be a rabbit hole of inspiration overload, try not to stress. Even one or two images can be enough to get the creativity ball rolling.
3. Talk About Emotions
Not only is it important to convey to your designer how you want you space to look, you must also give a clear picture picture of how you want it to feel. Should your living room be a calm space for retreat and rejuvenation or a place to party? Do you want a color palette that energizing or relaxing? Figure out how you want your space to feel, and your designer can take it from there.
4. Catalog Your Favorite Things
If there are existing furniture pieces or objects in your home that you want to incorporate into the new space plan, let your designer know! Whether they are still functional or have sentimental value, your designer can find a way to re-purpose these items and integrate them seamlessly with your new furniture pieces.
5. Present a United Front
If you have a partner or spouse that will be enjoying your newly designed space, make sure they are involved in every detail of the design. A lack of communication between the two of you will slow down the design process and create unnecessary obstacles for your designer. Even if your partner says they "don't care" about the design details, most likely they do care about a few things, it may just take a little more investigation to find out exactly what that is.
6. Have Realistic Expectations
Your designer can make your home look like an "after" segment of an HGTV show, but unlike t.v., they cannot do it in a day! Great design involves planning, drawing, sourcing, production, and installation, all which take time. Kitchen and bath remodels are especially time consuming. Trying to rush the process will only lead to frustration and mistakes. As much as you can, try to be patience and know that the wait will be well worth it in the end.
7. Talk Money Early On
In interior design, budget is everything. There is no point in creating beautiful design concepts if there is no money to execute them. Not to say that you can't have beautiful design on a small budget, only that your designer needs to know exactly how much money you have to work with. Your designer will be a resource in helping you understand project costs and assist you knowing how to best invest those decorating dollars.
8. Use Their Connections
One of the most beneficial aspects of working with an interior designer is having access to their network of home improvement professionals. These contractors and tradespeople come highly vetted and recommended. Instead of hiring just a designer, you're hiring of team of experts who have worked together in the past and have a short-hand in dealing with any complications that may arise.
9. Have a Little Faith
Your designer's job is to interpret your taste and style into a beautiful vision of what your home can be. That being said, it is also your designer's job to stretch your imagination for what is possible for your space. They may show you things that you initially, are not your favorite. Try to keep an open mind. Your designer knows exactly what they are doing and always has your best interest in mind. Have faith, have fun, and enjoy the ride!
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