Planning a party is stressful. Planning a family vacation is EXTRA stressful. And planning an interior remodel is probably one of the most stressful, expensive, and unpredictable things known to man—that’s why the world created interior designers.
No matter which room you choose or if you choose ALL of them, an interior remodel is going to require time, money, and your sanity intact.
You have to be honest with yourself before getting into a project you want done right…and trying to do it all on your own while relying on Pinterest DIYs will not only be overwhelming but could result in expensive and dangerous disasters!!
When was the last time you took an idea board and turned it into a successful project? When was the last time you thought to yourself, “I wish I had more time for that project…then I could REALLY do it.”
Don’t you always get the BEST ideas when there’s either too little time, too little money, or too many other distractions in your life?
If you’ve finally committed to investing your savings in creating a happier, more functional and fulfilling home, why not go the extra mile to make sure it’s done right—the first time around.
Interior designers are trained specialists. Their purpose is to help YOU to achieve YOUR dream! Of course, there will be different opinions, but that’s what keeps ideas fresh and fun. Come to meetings with your excitement and ideas, and your designer will piece together your vision, budget, timeline and personality to create a true masterpiece.
So, where to begin? Right here! We’ve compiled everything you need to know about working with an interior designer so you can go through the process with confidence!
“Hey Siri, who’s the best interior designer in…”
It’s time to do some digging. An interior designer will be educated with a background focusing not just on how a piece looks but on its functionality. Your designer brings a fresh set of eyes while also taking into consideration the latest trends, room layouts, and how you’ll be living in the space.
Sounds like a lot to consider? It is.
When it comes to looking for the right interior designer for you, keep these keywords in mind:
It’s important to look for interior designers that know the neighborhood. They have the network and knowledge to get you certain materials and pieces that others can’t, or at better prices.
Check out their online websites and portfolios. Interior design is visual, so you should be able to see what they’ve got in a strong portfolio! Look for versatility, a blend of the client wants and needs, and not just a trend chaser. BONUS: Look for a regular blog or social media platform to speak to the community and their customers!
When you’re good at something, you get recognized. These designers make sure to go the extra mile, take the extra continuing-education class, all make SURE they can provide the best services to clients. The best award, in our opinion, is a great customer review. Again, check out those social media pages and review platforms to see what the customers are saying!
Alright…you’ve got your contenders down. Now it’s time to schedule an in-person meeting and come with a design and an arsenal of questions in mind.
Your interior design interview cheat-sheet
Sometimes, a blank slate isn’t the best slate. You have ideas of your own, and you wouldn’t be looking if you didn’t already have some inspiration! It doesn’t have to be a complete vision, just bring ANY AND EVERYTHING to the table.
But before that fun part, make sure to get the basics covered…Having a strong and clearly-laid-out contract is a MUST. These things get emotional, so you’ll need to start out on the right foot.
Make sure your interior designer can answer these questions thoroughly and with confidence!
- What services does your company provide?
- How do you create and adjust project budgets?
- Where do you get your contractors from?
- What is your design process?
- How will it integrate my vision?
- What is your rate?
- How do you plan for timeline fluctuations?
- Could you provide any references?
On to the fun part!
It’s time to get planning! Let your designer know your dreams, how you plan to use your space, what trends you like, what you don’t like, and then…
Let them mold your vision! Interior designers are here to help you create something that you couldn’t create on your own. In the drafting phase, be open to new ideas and concepts. It will take time and thought, but this phase is CRUCIAL to get the full timeline, budget, and end look clear.
Be clear on your budget! This is NOT the time to try to impress. Be clear about what you can and can’t spend, and the designer will work with it to make sure it is EXACTLY what you want.
The timeline is another turnkey. That’s going to depend on a few factors, and one of those is your ability to sign off on ideas…the other is how large the project is. If you don’t make a decision, it’s not going to get done. Trust your interior designer. Timelines can shift, life happens, things get delayed…so be realistic and flexible. A great interior designer will be able to explain these minor twists and will turn to you every step of the way so you feel comfortable with the process!
There will be ups and downs, heartache and enamoration…BUT, in the end, everything will fall perfectly into place! As long as you have a trusted interior designer and a clear plan, you’ve set yourself up for success and for your exciting new home design!
Ready to get started? Signature Home Services will revive your home with skilled local professionals offering a curated list of connections and partnerships. Let our award-winning designs speak for themselves by checking out our project gallery. When you’re all set, make sure to give us a call or send us a message, we can’t wait to hear your ideas!