Here's our 5 tips on how to get the most out of working with an interior designer for a great experience and an equally great result.
1. Find the ‘One’
“French country, shabby chic, functional contemporary… with so many styles to consider, it’s crucial that you find an interior designer that is a good match with your taste in decor,” says Chris Heard, Managing Director of Bauhaus. How do you find the right designer? He suggests getting referrals from people you know. Review their work and go through a few consultations until you’re confident you’ve made a match.
2. Clarify the costs
Before you let your interior designer do their thing, make sure that you understand how you will be billed. On top of the interior decoration, you may be charged for travel, site visits, shopping time and phone calls. Also ask how you’ll be invoiced for furnishings, accents, materials or other items. That way you will avoid any nasty surprises when it’s time to pay.
3. Involve them in the early stages
The sooner you bring an interior designer in on your project, the better. Ideally they will work with your architect and contractor to avoid potential design conflicts or hiccups. Bringing in an interior designer early ensures they can have their say on flow of any building work and also allows them to begin considering furniture arrangements and materials.
4. Give them a clear brief
An interior designer’s role can range from a sounding board with design proposals to sourcing designer furniture towards the end of the project, so they need to know exactly what you expect of them. For the first time ever, you’ll find doing homework fun... Find images of rooms you love (and loathe!) to give them an idea of your preferences. Next, decide if there is any furniture or art you want to stay. If you already have the perfect sofa or your Crown Lynn collection must be on display in your living room it’s important to tell your interior designer upfront.
5. Allow them some freedom
Interior designers have the ability to see spaces in a unique way, and to make your vision a reality. “While you may have specific ideas about creating your perfect space, restricting them can defeat the purpose of getting an interior designer,” warns Chris, who says that dictating everything to them restricts their creative flair. “It’s a form of art, so don’t stifle them. Find one you trust and let them go for it.”
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