How to Choose the Right Interior Designer

Nov 16, 2018  By Thomasville

Designing a home is all about choices—and a lot of them. You have to decide between a nearly infinite amount of colors, styles, materials, and furniture options. And finding the right combination that fits the space, style, and size of your home can be daunting. If you’ve never designed a home before (or, if you’re looking for a professional opinion to help you on your own design journey), an interior designer can be a huge help. But how to choose the right interior designer is another question (and yet another choice) altogether.

Personality Fit

The homeowner-interior designer relationship is important. If you don’t get along and constantly disagree about everything, you’re probably going to be unhappy with the hiring or your home. That’s not to say that you can’t disagree on some design choices. But it’s important to be productive in your communications instead of adversarial. Be open and honest about what you like and let your interior designer do the same. And at the end of the day, both of you can move forward with a decision that makes sense for you and your home. If you can, meet with several interior designers before making a decision. Think of it as an informal interview process. If your personalities and styles seem to be a good fit upfront, it’s a good sign that the relationship will be a good one.

Come Prepared

As you meet with interior designers, come prepared with images you’ve gathered from Pinterest and online furniture stores, as well as a basic floorplan of your home. This facilitates communication and gives both of you a style starting point. Your interior designer should ask you questions about your tastes and possible directions. And you should come prepared with a few questions of your own. During your meeting, have an honest conversation about budget too. This will set the tone for your designer’s expectations of what’s possible and realistic in your home. If you’re not sure how far your budget will stretch, do a little research online to get an idea of furniture prices and designer fees. Some furniture stores offer complementary interior design services, which can be a great option to save a little money.

Find the Right Fit

At the end of the day, no matter how many notes you’ve taken, or how many designers you’ve met with, the decision has to be personal to you. Choosing the right interior designer is a gut feeling as much as anything else. Find someone you feel good working with. And that’s usually the best indicator of all.

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