Tasteful Interior Designs

How To Find An Interior Designer

A stylish and functional space isn’t easy to design, whether you’re updating a single room or starting from scratch. Perhaps you already have an idea, but you don’t know where to start or how to make it all work within your budget. Or maybe you don’t know what you want at all. Regardless, it might be worthwhile hiring a trained interior designer to help you find what you’re looking for, plan a layout, or assist you in selecting and installing fabrics, furniture, and accessories.

Choosing an experienced pro whose work you can trust is essential when it comes to interior design. In addition to your budget and style, there are many other factors to consider. Learn how to find an interior designer who is reliable and skilled and how to ensure a smooth process.

Begin Your Interior Designer Search

As with other pros, word of mouth is a good place to start.  We suggest asking local friends, real estate agents or employees at appliance, tile or paint stores for leads. Social media sites are another option. Try entering “interior design” and your city or neighborhood in the search bar on Instagram to get a sense of your options.

Online directories such as Houzz or Interior Collab can also be helpful. You may really like someone who lives a few hours away, or you may even opt to work with a virtual designer.

Candidates should be vetted before reaching out. The majority of experienced designers share photos of their work on their websites. Additionally, their website may list awards they’ve won, publications they’ve been featured in, or their affiliation with professional societies, such as the American Society of Interior Designers. Another consideration is whether an interior designer has a degree.  

What To Consider When Hiring An Interior Designer

The number of designers you contact is up to you. A few interviews may be a smart idea if you’re on a tight budget. Before scheduling an official consultation, most professionals will do a free phone consultation. A phone call offers a great opportunity to further vet the designer, ask about the typical pricing of a similar project, and ask for references from previous clients.

If you plan to age in place, need accessibility, or want durability for kids and pets, make certain the designer can cater to these needs. 

Inquire about their project management. There are designers who offer turnkey services, which means they handle most of the work for their clients. Others offer e-design services, providing clients with the outlines of projects and allowing them to add elements at their convenience. You have to decide whether you enjoy taking part in the process and whether your budget allows it.

Signing The Contract

Once you’re ready, you’ll sign a contract that lays out all the terms you’ve agreed to. Your interior designer’s services and the timeline of the project are the two most important parts of the agreement.

You should also be aware of how every designer marks up their work and determines their billing schedule. If you don’t like the piece or how it looks in your home, make sure you are aware of cancellation and return policies.

And Finally

The contract should also specify communication expectations. On larger projects, designers often meet weekly, and you can expect to receive regular updates by email or phone regarding what to expect next, progress, and delays.

Honesty is the best policy throughout the process. You can protect your investment by communicating effectively when you update your space.

This post on finding an interior designer is hopefully helpful to you.