Are you thinking about hiring an interior designer for your next home decor project? If so, it’s an exciting time!
But, you can’t just hire the first interior decorator that you find online. Keep reading to learn about six things you should consider before hiring an interior decorator.
1. Create Your Budget
It’s important to set a realistic budget before you jump into a project. Decorating can be expensive, especially if you’re getting design inspiration through houses in magazines. Be honest with yourself about how much you have to spend.
Note that there is no set fee structure for interior design. Some designers use an hourly rate while others charge a flat fee for the project. Rates can widely vary based on experience and location.
Be sure to talk to the interior designers you meet about their specific payment structure.
2. Know What You Want
Before you start looking for a design pro, you should take the time to think through exactly what you want. It might be helpful to write out a specific list of what you want the project to look like.
Figure out what style you’re going for and determine if there are any specific colors you want to be included in the design. For example, if you want a mid-century modern look you could think about options for table legs and consider how these hairpin legs stay true to the original. Get as specific with your list as you’d like.
Knowing what you want will help you pick an interior designer that can make your vision come to life.
3. Timeline & Availability
Consider when you want your project to be done. Keep in mind that the shorter your timeline, the more expensive the project might be.
When you interview designers, keep your timeline in mind. If they only have limited availability to focus on your project but you want it completed in a few months, they may not be the right fit.
4. Do Your Research and Interview Decorators
You’ll need to do some research to find the right interior designer. You can start with an online search and look for designers that have a style you really like.
Once you find a few designers that you like, you should set up interviews. Just because you like their style doesn’t necessarily mean your personalities will mesh. You’ll likely be spending a lot of time with this person, so you want to make sure it’s a good fit.
5. Decide What Items are Important to You
Everyone has items in their house that they couldn’t bear to part with. That might include an old family heirloom, a piece of art or furniture, or maybe even a souvenir. Do a walkthrough of your house and note down any pieces you know you definitely want to be incorporated into the design.
Be sure to share that list of items with the designer and make sure they know they’re important. They’ll do their best to incorporate those items, but be mindful that some things just might not work in your new space. Be open to your designer’s opinions about what looks best.
6. Think About Your Involvement
It’s a good idea to think about how involved you want to be in the design process. Will you leave all the decisions to your designer or do you want to approve all decisions? No matter how good your designer is, you need to decide whether you fully trust them or if you want the final decision-making power.
Ready to Hire an Interior Decorator?
Now that you know what to consider, are you ready to hire an interior decorator for your next project? From setting a budget to defining your style, each of these things will help you find the perfect interior designer for your project!
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