So you are wanting to hire an interior designer. Great! An interior designer can really elevate your home project by making your space both stylish and functional. Since they work with homes for a living, they have the professional knowledge and insights to transform any space into something amazing.
How to Find an Interior Designer
Finding an Interior Designer isn’t as exclusive as you might think. There are a variety of ways you can search for a designer when starting your home project.
Through a Recommendation
Word of mouth is still one of the most popular ways interior designers find new clients. That is because Interior Design is a service. Happy customers make for good reviews and referrals. Going to a friend’s house and love their living room design? Get their interior designer’s name and contact information. If we see a space we like, we ask about it. Since interior design is so visual, a designer’s work is often their biggest advertising element.
Through a Google Search
In today’s world of modern technology, the internet is a great way to find Interior Designers in your local area. Most interior designers have websites that highlight their work. You can even view and read reviews on business pages such as Google and Yelp.
Through a Contractor/Architect
If you are working with a contractor or architect on a project and need an interior designer, ask them! Chances are they can give you a few names of interior designers to work with. Since contractors, architects, and interior designers often collaborate and consult on projects together, these professionals will know who to direct you to.
How to Choose your Interior Designer
Now that you know where to look, it’s time to answer the question of how to choose the interior designer you want to work with. Here are some questions to ask yourself when selecting your interior designer.
Do you like their style/work?
Some interior designers will be design chameleons and do a variety of styles, while others will have a branded ‘look’ that they are known for. Going on their website and looking at past projects and work an interior designer has done can help you get a better understanding of the style and aesthetic they have, and whether your own personal tastes align.
What is there level of experience?
How long has the interior designer you are thinking about hiring been in business? The more experience a designer has, the more likely they are to handle a variety of projects, since they have seen much in their years of working. Have they only done two kitchens or twenty? Knowing their level of experience can help determine what they are equip to handle.
Have they worked on a similar project like yours in the past?
Are you doing a kitchen remodel but the interior designer has never done a kitchen before? Wanting a full gut and remodel, but they have only done refreshes? Seeing the type of work an Interior Designer has done in the past can help you in determining if they are able and capable of handling your specific project’s needs. You can certainly still hire a designer if they haven’t done a project like yours, as all designers have to start somewhere, but if your project is more complicated and complex than a simple powder room refresh, it might be best to get an interior designer whose worked on a similar type of project.
Having an informal interview is a great way to get to know your interior designer and see if their methods work for you. Be sure to ask questions such as how they bill (and when) and what their rates are (if they are hourly or fixed fee). Learn about their design process and how they operate. Do they email? Phone? How often. All of these things are good to know before starting work so you don’t run into any surprises later on.
Do you like them?
This is a huge factor…do you like them as a person? Often times, an interior designer is more than just someone who makes your space pretty. You will be working with them closely through the design process, so it is important to have a good relationship with them. You will often use your interior designers again for future projects, so it’s important to find one you like and work well with.
With all of those tips in choosing your interior designer, you will have more confidence in selecting the perfect person for your home project.