Creating your dream home is such an exciting time, but the process of hiring an interior designer can be overwhelming. You need to find the right match, make sure your visions align, and that your personalities mesh. Working with a designer is personal and some large-scale projects may mean working with your designer for months, even years at a time.
Knowing what to ask designers prior to hiring them is important. Here are ten questions to ask an interior designer at your first meeting:
ASK ABOUT THEIR CLIENTELE
To ensure that the partnership is respectful and enjoyable, it is a good idea to make sure your priorities and personalities line up. One way to do this is to ask about a design firm’s clientele and project-types. Some designers welcome client-involvement, some want complete creative control. Some designers only want new construction projects, some only historic renovations. Here are a few questions to ask that will quickly evaluate whether your project is a good fit for the designer.
- Do you consult with your clients throughout the process or do you prefer clients to be hands-off?
- What kind of client do you like to work with?
ASK ABOUT THEIR PROCESS
Every designer has a unique process and handles project management differently. It’s important to have a firm grasp of how your designer works because the value of a good interior designer is more than just good taste. A good interior design is also time management, clear communication, scheduling, presentations, and more. It’s best to consider all the services you would like to have in order to make your home feel complete, then choose a design firm that specializes and excels in those.
- What is your project-management style like?
- How do you structure your interior design projects?
- What design services do you offer?
ASK ABOUT THEIR STYLE
A good interior designer should be able to work in any style that a client wants, however that isn’t always the case. Some designers specialize in one particular design style, and that aesthetic can be seen throughout all of their projects. To get an idea of what is at the heart of a designer’s creative process, interview a variety of designers with some adaptability. Also, ask for references and view their portfolio.
- Where do you find inspiration?
- What is your favorite project that have you designed?
ASK ABOUT THEIR COSTS
When hiring an interior designer, budget questions should come into the conversation at the very beginning to avoid unnecessary conflict. It doesn’t benefit anyone to start working on a home design, only to find out halfway through the project that the budget is too small. The budget must be a fit for the design firm, and you should know whether the designer charges a flat rate, hourly rate, or a percentage of the project cost.
- What do you prioritize when planning a budget?
- How do you charge?
- How much do you charge and can you work within my budget?
With a little research, an open-mind, and these ten questions, we are sure you will find the right interior designer for your next home design project!