What you need to know when Selecting an Interior Designer

Things To Know When Selecting An Interior Designer

You may have a stereotype in your head of the imperious interior designer who sweeps into your house, takes a quick glance around, and declares, “Everything must go!” Let me assure you that most designers won’t do that, but if you’re interviewing one with that attitude, quickly move on. By asking you a few basic questions, your chosen bespoke interior designer will be better prepared to answer your concerns, as well as compiling a plan that will ensure a successful design.

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Follow the Top Ten Questions Interior Designers Ask Clients.

1. What do you love in this room?

This first question is important because it assures you the designer is interested in what you want assuming she is envisioning you as you’re sitting in your home, what your tastes are, and if they are not determined to impose their tastes on you.

2. What do you hate in this room?

Of course, this second question is as important as the first one because it will help the interior designer understand your taste better, and will let him or her know things that might need to be replaced. The things that you hate might be exactly the things that another person absolutely loves. But it’s your house, so your likes and dislikes are what matter. A good designer won’t try to change your mind.

3. What colours do you love? What are the colours you hate?

Your interior designer will be obliged to ask you what are the colours you love the most, in order to understand as the best as he can your tastes and what you are expecting of his bespoke work. For instance, if this is your living room, you definitely like cool neutrals with just a touch of colour. It must be very clear for both of you because you have to make sure that the result is going to be exactly as you wanted.

4. Is there something you have or have seen, that you want to serve as your colour inspiration?

One of the most important “Questions Interior Designers ask Clients” is the one that really helps in giving direction to a design process because this could be a favourite picture or painting, a chair with a fabric you love, a piece of clothing, a set of dishes or a collection of something you adores.

5. Are you trying to achieve a particular mood for the room?

Your designer will be able to tell from your chosen designing style the basic appearance you are striving for, but be sure and let them know your thoughts on the actual mood you are trying to achieve, as well. For instance, you may like the look of a Contemporary Interior Design, but the mood you are actually trying to achieve is more of a romantic English Country Interior Design.

6. How do you want to feel in the space?

You have to describe the feeling/emotion you want the space to elicit when you walk through the door. Be specific when you are answering the designer’s questions. If you have examples of rooms you love or hate, share them with the designer. The more information you can provide, the more detailed the designer can be when delivering their concept.

7. Do you want to accomplish this all at once or in phases?

If it’s going to be a step-by-step process, your designer will be able to suggest which pieces should be purchased first and which later, so the room will be usable from the beginning.

8. What is your budget?

It’s very easy to get carried away and exceed spending limits. By discussing your budget with your bespoke interior designer you will have someone else in your corner to help you plan accordingly so you can get the end results you desire. Not defining the budget can make for a great deal of unhappiness as your project progresses. Let’s say you have a vision for a fantastic dining room. Is your budget going to be £1,000 or £10,000? Don’t be shy, just tell your designer.

9. Is this a realistic budget to accomplish your vision?

A good interior designer will be straightforward with you. You might be disappointed by what you hear, but much better that than ending up with a bank-breaking surprise at the completion of what should be a fun and exciting project. If your budget and your dreams don’t match, often your designer can give you some great suggestions about getting started or even about concentrating on a different area of your home that might be more affordable.

10. Will other rooms or spaces be affected?

Your interior designer will want to know what other areas of your home will be affected as this will help with their overall designing process and plan. As a matter of fact, your bespoke interior designer may also ask you if you want the space expanded or contracted. Perhaps you’d really love your Dining Room re-designed, but what you really have in mind is to make it a larger space. Your designer will need to be aware of your desire to increase or decrease the space so appropriate steps can be figured in. Whether it’s a small project or a big one, an interior designer can really help you get the result you’re looking for and can keep you from making costly mistakes. If your interior designer does not ask you these questions, it is probably an indication they are not following proper procedures and are probably not the right interior designer for you. Or, adversely, you can ask them the questions they forgot to ask you yourself. If he or she is, chances are it will be a successful collaboration, and you’ll be delighted with the results.

Thank you for taking the time to read this. Let me know your thoughts.

If you are looking for an Interior Designer in Bristol, Bath, Cheltenham, Gloucester, Wales or any of the surrounding areas then give me a call on 0117 370 6427 and I can help.


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