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Everything You Should Look for When Hiring an Interior Designer

Plus, a list of must-ask questions for your next consulting session.

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April 24, 2024 at 10:13 PM PST
Updated on April 24, 2024 at 10:13 PM PST
Decorate Hiring Interior Designers

Everything You Should Look for When Hiring an Interior Designer

Plus, a list of must-ask questions for your next consulting session.

By
April 24, 2024 at 10:13 PM PST
Updated on April 24, 2024 at 10:13 PM PST

The journey to elevating and transforming your space is one that’s always exciting, but it’s no easy feat. Actually starting is sometimes even the biggest challenge, especially when you don’t know where to begin. That’s why hiring interior designers can be a huge help when it comes to creating the home of your dreams. But before you get started searching for one, preparation is key. Understanding key factors to consider and what questions to ask will help you determine the best designer for you and your home. These tips and questions can help you ensure you find your perfect match.

Getting Started

Finding an interior designer is one of the first steps to transforming your space. Before you get started, there are a few things you should know and have done before submitting quote requests to designers. When you’re prepared, the process is much easier for you and your designer.

Know your budget.

Decorating can get expensive and burn a hole in your pockets if you let it. This is the time to get realistic and think about what you can spend and not what you want to spend. Write down your income to see how much you can afford, start saving, and be on the lookout for designers that align with your budget.

Do your own research.

Extensive research is key. In addition to online search and reviewing multiple websites, brands, and social media channels, think about word-of-mouth referrals. Tap your local network of friends and family.

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Gather your inspiration in one place.

Once you know the design style you’re going for, you can gather your inspiration. Put it all in one space, whether it’s a Pinterest board or on your phone in the Notes app. Save color palettes, interior styles, layouts, and new ideas you may want to explore.

6 Must Ask Questions To Ask Your Interior Designer

Asking questions allows you, the customer, to understand who you’re hiring, the work they’ve done, and how they plan to do it. You want to make sure that how they work aligns with you and your wants and that they can effortlessly style your home the way you imagine. Once you’ve contacted a few designers you’re interested in, schedule a time to consult and narrow down your options further. If you’re struggling with what questions to ask, try these:

What is your style?

When hiring an interior designer, you want to ensure that both of your styles align. It would be good to know if your prospective designer has more of a modern style, while you may have a traditional or rustic style.

What does your process look like?

Understanding the way in which your designer works is imperative. You want to make sure you are in the know about how the goal of renovation is going to be completed and achieved. Will it be a collaborative, hands-on, or hands-off approach? Knowing what to expect is a great key factor for a harmonious client/designer relationship.

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What are your fees and how do you charge?

You never want to go into a large project blindsided. So, one of the first questions you should ask is how much do they charge? You know what you want and how you want it to look. Now, you have to make sure the overall goal can be supported financially. It can be a sensitive topic, but don’t be afraid to get all the details.

What are you passionate about?

While this question is personal, it’s still important. Figuring out what inspires your designer helps you better understand what keeps them going. Do they really want to help you create the home of your dreams? This will be reflected in their communication style and overall finishing look.

What type of projects do you typically work on?

Asking this question will reveal just how experienced your designer is. Is your project something they’ve done numerous times or is this their first time? An experienced designer with a proven record and portfolio is great to have so you both know exactly what you’re getting into.

What is your communication style like?

Bumps in the road will come and go. It’s a must that you know how your designer will communicate with you when problems arise. Whether it be through phone calls, emails, or text, an effective communication style will make conflicts and curiosity that arise a lot smoother to handle and everyone will be in the know.



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