Interior designers are different from contractors in that they oversee the entire home renovation process – from the the overall visual design, carpentry of custom made furniture to decoration. They specialize in custom interior design that gives homes that special, personalized touch for the best home possible both in terms of functionality and aesthetics.
Unlike contractors who only do what they’re told, interior designers take the time to understand a customer’s vision of their dream home before setting out on the job. This added-value service will typically cost more but the results show for it. However, interior design is no a walk in the park. Even with a good interior designer, building your dream home requires some planning and forethought. Here are some considerations that you should take when hiring an interior designer:
Choose the right interior designer for the right interior design style.
While you can trust in the creativity and practical sense of a good interior designer, it’s important that you choose the right one for you. The portfolios of interior designers can tell us a lot about the styles they specialize in. If you’re going for a clean and minimal look then it’s probably best not to engage an interior designer with a penchant for bright, loud and colourful styles.
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Use pictures and samples to communicate your ideas to your interior designer.
“A picture is worth a thousand words”. Find and collect pictures of designs that you would like your interior designer to aim for. With that in hand it’ll be a lot easier for them to understand exactly what you want and what you don’t. Rather than wasting time describing the theme you want, having sample pictures of it not only cuts out that ridiculous step, but will allow you and your interior designer to focus on specific details, such as a change of colour, type of fabrics used and furniture. Interior décor books are a good source for inspiration, or you could just hop onto the good old Internet to get your creative juices flowing.
Get the interior designers involved as early as possible in the construction.
Interior designers aren’t just over-glorified home décor movers but are competent at the fundamentals of construction and architecture. Getting an interior designer involved early on in the building process of your home will allow them to discuss and plan concurrently with the architects and contractors. This is important as it’s pretty hard to relocate a door or a bathtub once it’s been drilled into place. Why make it hard for everyone?
If you’re living with family get them involved with the planning.
The living space you to live in is pretty much the living space they’re living in, too, and therefore they should have a fair say of how it should be designed so it doesn’t cramp their style. Do the kids want a shared bathroom? Does someone want their bed to have bookshelves or drawers attached? Even something as simple as a colour theme could mean the difference between Elysium joy and chronic depression.
Ask them to give you an accurate estimation of how much they’re charging you.
As the client you have the right to know how much it’s going to cost you. Get them to give you a list of everything and ensure that there aren’t any hidden charges that would jump out nowhere. Find out if there are any hidden costs, such as travel time, material acquisition, phone bills and other things. Also, try to make sure that they aren’t overcharging you for any of the materials being used, and that they got them from good sources. It never hurts to get a fair deal.
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