Working with an Interior Designer

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Most people do not realize that Interior Designers are not only for the ultra-rich, you too can afford one.  Most interior designers create a custom package that will meet your needs and budget, whether it is helping you select paint colors or complete a remodel of your home.

Here are some tips on working with a designer to meets your needs and budget.

Have a general idea of what you want to achieve in your space.  Creating a list of your needs and dreams is essential for transforming your space.  A good designer will get into the nitty gritty of how function in your space from sun-up to sun-down. 

Have a budget.  This is one of the hardest things for clients to wrap their minds around.  Creating a budget for your designer and for your space will help your designer considerably.  This way a designer can let you know how they best assist you within your budget and recommend items that you can afford, meet your functionality and aesthetic requirements. We will get more in depth in how to create a budget next time.


Here are tips on different way designers can help you achieve your dream space.

Provide advice.  Designers have years of experience at their fingertips and can offer suggestions on how what type of flooring to use in your space to how to achieve the overall look and feel you are aiming to achieve. 

Pulling your home together.  Whether you are keeping all your furniture to getting rid of everything and starting fresh designers can help you pull together your space.  Gathering information such as existing space restraints, functionality, how you use the space, how many people use the space, kid/pet friendly, designers can strategically space plan your home, tell you what size furniture pieces will work and recommend furniture to meet your needs and budget.

Completing a room or starting a new-build.  A designer can help you pull together a room that you are struggling with or work with you and your team of contractors for a new-build to create your dream space.  Getting in early is always key to success as designers need time to dig deep into your lifestyle to create a space that fits your needs.

Referrals.  Designers have a network of professional service providers that they use and trust to help ensure a project runs smoothly and successfully.  If you need help finding someone that is trustworthy and will do a great job, we can lead you to a variety of professionals in your area.

Shopping Day.  Do you have a general idea of what you want and sizes but just need a little help selecting all the essential pieces.  Designers offer a day rate to go shopping with clients at retail sources to provide guidance on what will work with their space and budget. 

Personalize your space.  Do you have all your major pieces in your home but want a personalized environment tailored to your own taste.  Keep in mind that accessories add up, so you want to set aside a healthy budget, about 20% of your overall budget.  Designers can shop retail or if want an exclusives to-the-trade items will help create a one of a kind look.