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From Start To Furnish

Please enjoy my musings on all things interior design!

What To Ask When Hiring An Interior Designer

Working with a professional interior designer can save you time and money on your construction or remodeling project.  Finding the best one for you and your project, however, can be difficult.  There are lots of questions you should ask to be certain you're getting the best designer for you. 

Here's a list of questions all of my clients want to know the answers to.

Do You Have Examples of Completed Projects Similar To Mine?

You want to be assured that your project is not this person's "first rodeo", so to speak.  If you're hiring an interior designer for a new construction project, you want someone who's done that plenty of times.  If you're remodeling a kitchen, the best designer for you is the one that has helped many clients through that process.  The best designer for you is the one that has so much experience in your type of project they can tell you exactly what to expect every step of the way.

Do You Have Testimonials? 

Don't be afraid to ask for testimonials or references.  It's important you know details about other clients' experiences with the person to whom you are considering turning over your home project.  Any professional interior designer with any experience should have testimonials from former clients readily accessible and they should be pleased to offer them to you.  

What Is Your Style?

Although most designers can design in just about any style, it's a good idea to ask them what their preference is.  When hiring an interior designer, it's important to know their favorite style.  Even though their style may not be yours, knowing it will give you a sense of the person's aesthetic and skill level.  A designer who's likes and dislikes are close to your own will easily be able to discern your taste and bring it to fruition in your home.

Will You Work With What I Already Have?

Most people have a few family heirlooms or particularly valuable pieces of furniture from which they definitely do not want to part.  The designer you choose should be willing and able to incorporate those pieces into your project.  They should be able to repurpose items if need be.

How Will You Communicate The Design Ideas To Me?

When hiring an interior designer you will want to be sure that this collaboration will include smooth communication.  You will want to ask the interior designer you're considering how they plan to communicate with you.  Will they have physical samples of fabrics and finishes?  Will they prepare a digital mood board and file for your project to which you can refer at any time? Both of these are valid options, but you want to know which you'll be getting on the front end.

What Is Your Schedule?

Ask the designer what their workload and schedule is like if that's a concern to you.  You want to be certain that they are ready to devote the necessary time for the design process of your project when you're ready to make it happen.

How Do You Charge?

And probably the most common question to ask before hiring an interior designer - you want to know how they charge!  Different designers charge via different methods and this can even change based on the type of project.  You'll want to know those details before beginning.

I hope I've demystified the process of hiring the right designer for you! If you have any more questions or want to talk to me about getting started on your project, contact me here.  

Jill Ornelas