You know you want a home that looks pulled together. You would like to know that you will get the most out of the amount budgeted for the project. You recognize that you do your profession well but interior design was not your calling.
This is the time to call in the services of an interior designer or decorator.
If you have not used a designer before, it can be intimidating. The fear and mystery can be enough to halt the project before the first fabric is found.
The best projects are the result of communication and trust. A close bond develops between a good designer and the client during the design process so, first and foremost, the individual who is about to step into your home has to mesh with you, your family and your lifestyle.
Finding that perfect decorating partner is the biggest challenge you will encounter in the process. The best interior designers are one part artist, one part business professional, one part circus master, one part visionary and one part translator. Don’t expect to Google “talented decorators” and have your perfect design professional appear.
Ask around. Ask someone who has a home that you admire. Keep in mind that some hold their designer’s name close to the vest… just like the best babysitters. Check references. Double check what others have said on Angie’s List.
When you interview the potential designer, look for someone who asks questions and listens to the answers. A good decorator should constantly probe to solicit a vision for the final product. If pertinent questions are not being posed, it is a sign that you are not the focus.
Look for someone who does not operate as a “Yes” person. That is a sales person, not a design professional. You are hiring them to facilitate your vision without the pitfalls of going it alone.
Before committing to a designer, ask yourself the following:
Do I feel comfortable with this person? Remember, you will be spending time with this person so a level of rapport is essential.
Is he or she clear about the costs involved? There should be a clear understanding of how fees will be charged in advance. Surprises are not a good thing in this situation.
Unless the designer selected is totally devoid of talent, the benefits will outweigh the cost. Just the avoidance of one mistake can be worth the entire consultation fee. Parts of a project that have to be redone due to error are costly. The elimination of sleepless nights due to uncertainty is worth every cent of consultation billing.