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Designers can be different. There are those who will readily meet your any need only to make some money. There are those who will stand their ground no matter what, unwilling to make a tiniest step back. And there are those who will agree to everything you are saying even if they know their solution is a better one. When choosing an interior designer, stop for a minute and ask yourself whether you feel comfortable with this person. We are sorry to disappoint you but there is no such thing as an “ideal” designer. However, it’s no reason to give up. Read on to find out how to choose if not ideal, but at least a reliable professional.
1. Start looking for a designer before you start renovating your home — and surely before you start buying furniture! It will take the average designer about 2 months to create a design project and make all the necessary adjustments.
2. Determine the amount of money you can afford to spend on your interior design. The “tell-me-how-much-it-is-and-I’ll-think-about-it” approach doesn’t work here. If you have a tight budget, don’t hesitate to discuss it with your designer straight away. Using simple solutions and budget-friendly materials won’t diminish the artistic and practical value of your interior. While different designers charge differently for their services, the average fee is somewhere between 5-10% of your budget.
3. Think about what style you would like to recreate in your interior. You don’t necessarily need to know the intricacies of grunge, loft, bohemian style, etc. You simply need to know what you like: Light or dark tones? Warm wood or cold metal? Separate rooms or open space with zones?
Tip No. 4. No haste. Search the Internet for designers that meet your requirements. Don’t underestimate the power of word of mouth: your friends and coworkers may have a trustworthy professional to recommend! Ask the candidates to show you their portfolio. By looking at the designer’s implemented projects, you’ll be able to estimate their level of experience and see whether you share the same idea of what a beautiful interior should look like. Avoid falling for a portfolio that only contains impersonalized renders. Ask for pictures of finished interiors. Remember that you need a person who will be able to put your ideas into life!
No.5. Shortlist the best candidates and meet each designer in person. During the meeting, outline your ideas for your future interior, ask the contender to describe the work process, etc. Put some effort into building a bond with the designer. After all, you’re going to trust this person with your home, your dreams, and — last but not least — your money.
No.6. If you feel like you’ve found the right person, pass to the legal formalities. Sign a contract, make an advance payment, and let the designer do their job! One word of advice, though. Be sure to save the contacts of other shortlisted candidates. This way, if things go south with your current designer, you’ll be able to easily replace him or her.