The Value and Importance of an Interior Designer

A Designer can:

  • Save you time, money and a lot of headaches.
  • Help you avoid costly mistakes.
  • Offer creative solutions to design challenges.
  • Create a timeless look that reflects your style and personality.
  • Provide space planning and project management.
  • Make purchases on your behalf from trusted vendors.
  • Recommend or provide contractors and craftsmen to complete your project.
  • Introduce you to products you never knew existed.

Tips for Interviewing an Interior Designer

  • Ask the designer about past projects that are like your project. Review their portfolio.
  • Discuss your vision for your project and if possible, invite the designer to your home or office to see your space.
  • Discuss the scope of the project and all the things you’d like included.
  • Ask the designer about their qualifications and professional affiliations.
  • Communicate with your designer – Listen. Talk. Listen.
  • Bring magazine photos, color swatches and examples of your style and ideas, your likes and dislikes. It’s just as important to show a designer what you don’t like, as it is to show them what you do like.
  • How you live, your lifestyle and how you intend on using the space are important aspects to discuss with the designer. Explain your daily routine and habits. This will help the designer layout your furniture and accessories in alignment with your lifestyle.
  • Discuss your budget, your priorities and how the designer charges for their services. Be frank about your budget limitations (everyone has them).
  • Discuss the services provided by the designer and how those meet your needs.
  • Ask for references.
  • Consider interviewing several designers.
  • It’s important that you feel comfortable working with the designer.

How Designers Charge for Their Services

Fee structure is, of course, determined by each individual designer. It will vary depending upon the project and scope. This is an important conversation with any designer you are considering hiring.

In general, the fee structure may be a combination of the following:
 

  • Hourly rate plus a percentage over the cost of purchases
  • Hourly rate only
  • percentage over the cost of purchases only
  • Project rate depending on the scope and services required