Top Five Things to Look for When Hiring an Interior Designer

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Top Five Things to Look for When Hiring an Interior Designer

You can always depend on the expert advice of an interior designer when moving into a new home or renovating. An interior designer provides a unique insight into making interior spaces functional, safe, and beautiful by determining space layout requirements and selecting colors, lighting, and materials for decoration. 

Interior designers add style, comfort, and ambiance to your home in a number of ways. Some specialize in beautifying the components of your home such as the upholstery, furniture, floor and window coverings. Some are experts in renovation, space planning, lighting/electrical design, hardware finishes, furniture planning, kitchen design, millwork design and design project management. Each designer has a unique set of skills and talents through schooling, experience and chosen design focus and it’s important to find the right fit for your project. 

Here are five things to look for when hiring an interior designer. 

Integrity: Is your prospective interior designer a person of integrity? Is there open communication when dealing with him/her? Are you comfortable with the level of transparency about contracts, documented billing rates, and other fees? Does this professional suggest bypassing permits, or building codes? Have they laid out, in advance all information, legal, financial and otherwise, which may affect your project? Consider all these questions before choosing your interior designer. 

Budget: Interior designers vary in their billing rates and fee structures. Understand how the fees affect the overall budget. If the cost of design eats up so much of it that you have to compromise the project significantly, you may wish to find a better fit or put a cap on the amount of services you engage in. Does the designer choose products and materials which work with your budget? Having a clear picture of what you have to spend is a critical element when choosing your potential designer.

Design Aesthetic: Understanding the general direction you wish to achieve is important to choosing the right designer for the job. For example, if you seek modern design, it’s probably not a good idea to hire someone who showcases a portfolio full of traditional work. Some designers are universal and can shift styles to suit the client's needs. Others have a “branded” style which certain clients will seek out. Ask the designer critical questions related to style compatibility to ensure that you get the look you are envisioning. 

Location: Often, the design process requires many meetings, site visits and sourcing which are best done in a reasonable distance from the project site. Is the designer or firm is located at a reasonable distance from the project? Find out the costs for traveling to visit the work site or other locations related to the project. A large amount of value in design is in the designer's ability to get to the job site often to ensure the execution of the plan is realized correctly. Also, make sure that the designer is familiar with local codes, bylaws, and permit processes. 

Service Offerings: What type of skills does the designer have to offer? The design skills should suit your needs. For example, will the designer provide you with permit drawings, if required? Sometimes you might only want soft furnishing and décor. It is important to find a good fit in the skills they offer. 

If you’re looking for an interior designer in North and Central Okanagan, Kelowna, Vernon, Penticton, Lake Country, Finley, Salmon Arm, Coldwater, Lumby, West Kelowna. 

Lisa Robazza has over fifteen years of experience and uses her skill of planning a space well when working in residential developments. She approaches every project in an organized manner along with a fun and creative vision to ensure a smooth and efficient construction experience. Her goal is to transform the space you have into a space you love.

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