How to Get The Best Results When Hiring an Interior Designer
Express all of your needs and desires for the space with your designer before work begins. Your designer wants to know the overall goal for your project before delving into smaller design details. Whether it is to create a relaxing and soothing space, an energetic family space, or a focused workspace, the overall objectives and goals for your room are important. I spend a lot of time asking my clients questions about how they want their space to feel and function. This is often the catalyst by which I create their design. Speaking about the room in a broad way will help ensure my team stays on track with the client’s desire for their space.
Share details of design elements that you like. While not a necessary step, if you’ve been pouring through photos and design ideas, don’t be afraid to convey them to your designer. They will sift through these ideas with you to make suggestions and recognize what might be applicable to the project so it can be incorporated. This will also give your designer a feel for elements that attract your attention. A design project should truly be a collaboration, so be open to your designer’s input while also expressing your thoughts and ideas.
Don’t limit yourself to only design elements, products, and ideas that you have seen. Experienced designers have a wealth of knowledge and deal with many products, services, and custom elements that you may not have seen. Don’t be afraid to let your designer create a space for you and make new suggestions. When you’ve hired an experienced designer, your lifestyle, your taste, and your needs will be reflected in that design. You may even fall in love with design elements that you might not have ever thought about. After all, that’s why you’ve hired a designer!
If you really don’t know how you want your space to look, feel, and function, and you don’t have inspirational details and photos to show your designer, don’t worry about it! This is why you’ve hired a designer, right? Plus, you are busy doing what you do best and don’t want to spend hours, days, and weeks searching for pictures and products, and guessing what design ideas will work for your project. Some of the best results come when the designer has free reign to design a project from start to finish.
If you don’t want to be a part of the process, you really don’t have to be. Discussing the overall project goals, answering questions from your designer, and giving design feedback are really all that is necessary to have a successful project. Either way, you have all the power and the designer’s goal is to create a space that you love.
Trust your designer and you will be glad that you did!
Until Next Time,
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