5 Questions to Ask Before Hiring an Interior Designer

5 Questions to Ask Before Hiring an Interior Designer

Whether you’re choosing a contractor to build your dream home or a cleaning service to keep it tidy, good help can be hard to find. With so many competing businesses out there, how do you choose the right ones for you?

Hiring an interior designer or home design company is no different – if only there were a Tinder app for finding the perfect match for your home!

Before you set out to reno or refresh your house with the help of a home design company, there are some questions you need to ask yourself.

By answering them honestly, the process will be much more enjoyable for everyone involved.

  1. What’s my style?

    Most people have a distinct style they gravitate towards. Traditional, Transitional, Modern, Eclectic.
     
    Do you want your space to feel warm and cozy or sleek and modern? Maybe you have a few antique pieces you have inherited over the years, but prefer a more modern space.
     
    Do you want to use your existing furniture, purchase new, or use a combination of both?
     
    You need to find a match with a designer whose aesthetics align with yours.
     
    Most designers will have an online portfolio on their website. Take your time to look through past projects and don’t be afraid to ask questions. It’s also great if you have friends or family members who had a good experience and can provide recommendations.

  2. What’s my budget?

    Trying to stretch a smaller budget too far may result in a finished product you’re not very happy with. The person you hire can help you define where your money will go, but it’s important to be honest about what you can spend before you sign.
     
    Not only do you need to pay for the services, but you’ll also be paying for things like furniture and paint. Some design companies will charge by the hour, while others will charge a flat fee for a project.
     
    Considering what you can afford before working with a designer is the easiest way to prevent unpleasant surprises or financial stress down the road.
     

    Lower Lonsdale Penthouse/Design by A Stroke of Genius
    Lower Lonsdale Penthouse/Design by A Stroke of Genius
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  4. How long do I have?

    If you’d like to have a reno done while you’re away on vacation or need a project finished before your kids visit at Christmas, let the person you’ve hired know.
     
    Keep in mind that you may have to compromise if your timeline is too short, and if you do end up following a tighter schedule, it will likely cost more than if you have time to spare.

  5. What do I/we need?

    Retired empty nesters redoing a house might be considering extra space for grandchildren or thinking about increased mobility as they get older.
     
    A person with dogs will probably want durable flooring and couch fabric that’s easy to clean. Parents with small children might lean towards paint colours that don’t show scuffs or marks.
     
    Think about what you’ll be using the room or rooms for when hiring an interior designer – he or she will be able to provide you with options based on your lifestyle.
     
    Looking for simple ways to freshen up your space? Here are 8!

  6. How much do I want to be involved?

    Some people like to be more hands-on while others are happy to let the home design company make the decisions. Be clear on what you want – and don’t want – to avoid miscommunications along the way.
     
    That said, your designer is an expert who can help you think outside the box and expand upon your vision. When you’re working with a decorator, trust him or her to bring your ideas to life.

Choosing a home design company is as much about the personal relationship you have as it is about their talents.

Don’t be afraid to interview different companies and trust your instincts before making the final decision. You’ll end up with a designer you’re confident in and your project will be an exciting adventure with beautiful results.

The design process is a very personal one and is unique to every project. The key to good design is fulfilling the client’s dream.

I listen carefully to my clients, interpret their needs and wants, then present options and creative solutions. Let’s talk about your project.