Selecting the perfect interior designer for your home can be a difficult process. There’s more to it than simply liking their photos on social media. It’s an important decision that you’ll live with for years.
So, if you’re looking to hire an interior designer, here are the top five questions you should answer first:
What’s their experience?
While some may naturally have a good eye for design, it usually takes years of experience to master home planning and decor. Knowing your designer has worked on many projects will help you to trust his or her abilities and opinions when deciding on elements of your home.
And, while having an education doesn’t always show off the talent of an interior designer, knowing your interior designer has a extensive background of information involving design will definitely be a comfort. College degrees, higher education and continuing education certifications usually hint towards a dedicated, informed designer.
Do you like their portfolio?
Those past projects will also allow you to see what his or her work usually looks like. If you enjoy the look of his or her past projects, you’ll likely be happy with what he or she can do for you.
If there’s a variety of styles and designs in their portfolio, they likely have the range to work with you in anyway, but if you have a certain style or look in mind, finding a designer with expertise in that style is probably best.
What do their references and reviews say about them?
Do their past clients rave about them, or is there a lot left to be desired? While every review might not be an accurate encounter with the designer, you’ll probably see a trend in their reviews, so look to see if a majority of the reviews are positive or not.
The designer may also provide contact information for some of their past clients. Chatting with these individuals will help give you a better idea of what it’s like to work with this designer.
Will they incorporate your ideas?
Designers should be the implementer of your ideas. You’ve hired them to bring your vision for your space to fruition, creating a beautiful and pleasing environment tailored to your style. After the project’s done, you’re the one that has to live with the space, so make sure you find a designer dedicated to getting your space to be what you want.
What’s their communication style like?
Client designer compatibility is key to any successful project. If lines of communication aren’t open between the two of you, problems will arise.
When looking for a designer, ask them about the organization and communication tools they have in place to help keep your project running smoothly. You’ll run into fewer issues if you both know what to expect. Still, at the end of the day, go with your gut. If you and the designer don’t click, you’ll probably be happier with a different designer.
Selecting the perfect interior designer can be challenging, but these five questions should help you narrow your list. If you’d like to learn about 30A Interiors’ answers to these questions, contact me today.