From defining the scope of work to knowing when to compromise, here’s what you need to know about working with an interior designer.
Ensure the success of your renovation or new build with this guide to working with an interior designer.
1. Find the Right Fit
Finding the right
2. Bring Them In Early
You will want to include your interior designer as early as you can on your project. Ideally, they are involved from the start, be it a
3. Communicate Clearly
Of all the professional roles on a building project, an interior designer’s can be the most varied. They can be as involved as being your sounding board when evaluating the architect’s design proposals, or they can be tasked with limited touch-and-feel scope towards the end of a project. From the outset, you will want to communicate clearly your expectations of them and have a mutual understanding what that means in terms of billing and fee structure. You will also want to establish early on what you are comfortable with design-wise with their proposals. Provide images of things you like and do not like, and let them know if you have specific pieces of furniture or art you want included in the design. It is best to let a designer explore a concept as freely as possible, but if they seem to be missing the mark, do not be afraid to communicate what you are looking for and set constraints.
4. Let Them Do Their Thing
This might contradict the previous point a little, but it is also very important to let an interior designer do what they do best. Interior designers have been trained to see spaces in a unique way, and more importantly, they know how to materialize that vision. You may have a specific idea in your head about what you are looking for, but pinning them down to specific images you have seen or pieces of furniture you already own can turn out negatively. Trust your interior designer to read between the lines and match your vision with your context.