Rebecca says: “Choosing the right interior designer for your project is an important decision, they will be helping you create your home after all. Take the time to do your research and choose someone who is a good listener and has both the qualifications & experience, as well as the vision to make your dreams a reality.”
You’re ready to take the next step and bring in a professional interior designer to help style the home of your dreams.
Perhaps you’ve spent some time looking at room designs on Pinterest, researching current trends in materials and color, and looking into all the different interior designers out there, trying to differentiate between what they have to offer, and how it will work for you.
Whether you’ve got an idea of the style you’re after, or you’re unsure where to start, hiring an interior designer can feel like a bit of a minefield of information. You want to choose the right person for the job, but how do you know who will be the best fit for you and your home?
Before you take the leap and hire a professional, it’s important you understand exactly what an interior designer is, and how they can help bring your ideas to life.
What is an interior designer?
An interior designer is a creative person, with the added technical skills and industry knowledge to be able to take your ideas and develop a beautiful design concept for your room which works in harmony with the space available – this is no mean feat believe me! A great interior designer will have a working knowledge of a myriad of different disciplines including architecture and construction, as well as a keen eye for detail and creative flare.
Whilst an interior designer should be up to date on all the current trends in materials, colors, and styles, you should look for someone who will help you create a timeless look and not simply a trendy space that will tire once the work is complete.
I truly believe that the process should be facilitated and made easier for each homeowner by their designer, and this is how we work at Sea Interior Designs. Not only should your interior designer explain which materials will work for your project and why, they should also liaise with the trades’ people, taking all the hard work out of the project for you.
When you’re working with someone so closely, it’s understandably vital you find someone who’ll take the time to get to know you and to really understand your specific needs. With so many different forces at play within a design project, you need a designer who understands the bigger picture and can pull it all together seamlessly.
A general contractor may assure you he can help you make selections, your brother-in-law may be handy or your mother may have a keen eye for design, but trust me when it comes to bringing everything together in perfect harmony if you work with a designer the project will run much more smoothly. And when you open the door on that fabulous finished space, you’ll be sure to be over the moon with the result.
So, how do you go about finding the perfect interior designer for you and your project?
Finding the right interior designer
Firstly, take the time to talk with potential interior designers, either by phone, skype or face to face. Anyone worth their salt should offer a consultation. This process is as important for them as it is for you, as it gives them the chance to get a feel for your project and to come back with some initial ideas.
When you hop on that first call, make sure you have some questions prepared so that you can gauge if this is the right person for you. Ask to see examples of previous projects that they have worked on, and testimonials from happy clients too.
Be clear from the start what level of creative involvement you’d like with the project and the timeline you’d like to work to. Discuss how this will work with your potential designer so that you can get super clear on the process and timescales.
What to look out for
Each design project is very different, so make sure you find a designer who has a real understanding of the unique needs of your own special project and will help you to select the very best solutions for your personal style.
Find someone who knows about space planning, and will consider the scale of your space to produce a room with a cohesive flow. Never trust someone who asks you to pick what you want – picking is for fruit, selecting is choosing what works for you and is in line with what you love.
You want to find a designer who can take the technical aspect of the project to hand, and add their own unique twist of creativity and inspiration to really bring it to life.
And finally, choose someone who you jell with, and who you can imagine working with and having in your home for extended periods of time. If you’ve done the groundwork then this really will pay off, and your design dreams will soon be a reality.