How to make the most of your design services
A colorful, step-by-step guide
Finding the designer who is the right fit for you is the foundation to a successful project. (If only E-Harmony could create designer-client relationship matches!) Interview designers and choose one who not only shares your vision but is also willing to expand it; who has the experience and skill set to handle the scope of your specific project; and who will be your advocate and liaison with vendors and contractors. Like all good relationships, trust is the key.
Every interior designer’s work process is different. A good tip is to Inquire if you will work directly with her or him, or if you will work with a team. And at the onset, communicate your own approach: Are you determinedly decisive, or do you stress about every choice? The way you approach decisions and to what degree you wish to be involved will drastically impact the process in terms of time, cost, and, of course the final design.
It’s all about you! Share what matters to you most, beyond captivating paint colors and fabulous fabrics. If time is your top priority, celling-to-floor services may work best. If you are a dyed-in-the-wool DIY-er, simple space planning or basic editing of existing furnishings and accessories could be the best bet. Green products, luxury brands, custom furnishing, organizational hacks… just give your designer the direction that’s important to you before the project begins.
Your designer is not just a wealth of creativity; he or she is also a connection to brands and lines of every conceivable interior product, from paint to plantation shutters. As well, they are a direct link to tradespeople, often holding longstanding, trusted relationships. A designer’s preferred sources and resources often brings the benefit of a cost and time savings. However, make it known if you wish to introduce a specific line or your own craftsperson to the project.
Make the bottom line your top priority. Stating your budgetary boundaries is as important as explaining you don’t want Danish modern but you do want traditional French, oui? Your budget should reflect the scope of the project, so have a transparent discussion with your designer about all aspects of your investment. And ensure you understand how and when billing occurs. Also, know every project has its hiccups, so talk about problem solving before possible challenges, such as supply issues, arise.
Executing the steps above is the hard work behind the fun creativity. Candid communication and planning with your designer may lack the glamour and excitement of popular home-design TV show big reveals (if only it were actually that easy!); however, it sets up your project to be on schedule and within budget. An accredited and experienced interior designer will welcome your collaboration at the onset, allowing your vision of beautiful, bespoke interiors to become a reality. Pass the paint deck, please!