Why should I use an interior designer?
You get the best value for your investment.
An experienced interior designer can quickly come up with solutions to a specific challenge with multiple avenues of to solve the problem. If you don’t know exactly what you are looking for, an interior designer can give you several options and head you in the right direction. The experience of working with clients, contractors, and suppliers on a daily basis empowers a designer to go right to the source. A designer does the leg work for a client, saving hours of time, money, and frustration.
What if I don’t know exactly what I want?
Interior designers are listeners. As you began to share what your desires and needs are they will help you fill in the blanks, ask questions that help you solidify your vision, and make suggestions for solutions that you haven’t even considered.
I have limited space that does not fit my lifestyle any more. How can an interior designer help?
Space planning is at the heart of what interior designers do. They design efficiency into every space by:
- Creating a space that has multi-functions
- Creating a floor plan that allows for specific activities such as reading, watching television or entertaining
- Selecting the correct scale of furniture
- Creating spaces for storage
- Creating sensitive walkways for the aging or handicapped
How do I know a designer is qualified?
Education and experience are the best qualifiers, but to quote an old adage the proof of the pudding is in the eating. If you like a designers style and after you have interviewed them. You can pretty much know
Professional organizations such as ASID, IIDA, and AIA require high standards and continuing education, membership in professional organizations is a good indication of a qualified interior designer.
Many designers have areas of specialty such as, residential, commercial, hospitality, health care, and multi-family dwelling, to name a few. Specialization is an indicator of expertise and skills in in a specific area of design.
It is important that a client research and interview a designer whose work they admire and who seems to fit their specific project. It is also important that there is a personality fit, as a well-executed design experience must be detailed, collaborative and with a high level of communication.
How to work with an interior designer?
Working with an interior designer can be a mind broadening interaction in the best sense. Bringing experience, a unique body of product knowledge, technical and aesthetic acumen, to your project, D! Designers are in essence problem solvers. They can skillfully tailor your space to serve your need within your personal taste and preferences.
- Select a designer whose work appeals to you.
- Define the scope of work, the schedule, and a budget.
- Make a collection of things you really like. (Paint chips, fabric swatches, photographs of existing furnishings, art and accessories, note the project in their portfolio that appeals to you, and any other point of inspiration)
Will a designer work with my ideas?
Designers welcome ideas from clients. Designing a space is an interactive process. It takes input from all parties to come up with the most functional and beautiful space.
How long will it take to do my project?
There are many factors that determine the time it will take to complete a project. The size and the customization of a project are probably the two most dominate factors. Time invested in the planning stages of a project will pay off in cost savings and make a project run more smoothly. As a client, you may need time to think through different ideas…give yourself time to consider every option, this will ensure your satisfaction of the end results.