Hiring an Interior Designer is a big responsibility. They will be designing your dream home, and help maximize the space of your home while increasing your property’s value. There are over a thousand interior designers in the US today. So, selecting the right one for you requires research. If you’re considering buying a home in the US, don’t forget to apply for the P3 work visa. Then, consult a US lawyer for immigration for proper guidance before hiring an Interior Designer.

Tips for Choosing the Right Interior Designer for You

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Here are some tips for choosing an Interior Designer:

Ask Around

With an increase in the Interior Designer workforce, you might be able to find a designer for you just by asking around. Consider friends, family, and co-workers who might know an Interior Designer.

Know the Interior Designer’s Specialty

Like any profession, some Interior Designers might only design in specific styles, like modern or traditional. You want to select a designer that can bring your dream space to reality. Make sure your designer is well-educated in the different styles. Many designers dabble in a variety of specialties, like lighting or kitchen and bath design. Keep this in mind when looking for a designer. 

Look Into the Interior Designer Portfolio

Interior Designers should have a portfolio where you can view all their past work. You can see how they design a room, and take into account their expertise level. It takes a great deal of experience and education to design a room or a house. Choose a professional with prior real-world experience.  If possible, check their reviews with past clients. 

Viewing a designer’s portfolio might give you ideas for how you would like a space designed in your house.

Consider an Interior Designers Personality

The personality of your potential interior designer should get along with yours. Look for someone who understands your plans and preferences. You should also find someone who will listen to your ideas, and vision, and be ready to incorporate your suggestions into work. Be aware sometimes what you have in mind might not work for your space. You might be spending a lot of time together planning and designing your house. Be aware if your designer is up to date on the latest trends and codes. You want someone who has changed with the times and evolved.

Determine Your Style 

Have a clear understanding of your style, design, and colors that you find appealing before reaching out to any interior designer. This can help when selecting materials, and give the designer an idea of how to plan your space. You can visit various websites, or your designer portfolio to get an idea if you are unsure of exactly what you are looking for. Keep in mind if you prefer certain materials over others. 

Schedule a Consult with an Interior Designer

When meeting with your selected designers for the first time, be sure you are prepared and have any questions you want to ask written down. Some designers might charge for a first consult, so be aware and informed of this. A designer should mention any fees upfront, or have them listed where you can see them easily.

If you feel a designer isn’t for you don’t hesitate to reach out and express it. Perhaps there will be a solution, and the job can move on with ease. You don’t want to waste time and money being unsure.

Consider Location and Availability

There are many designers you can hire that can work remotely but it’s best to hire a close one. You want to be involved in every selection meeting, so you can see material selections in person for a decision.   Select a designer who’ll also be reachable if you need to communicate at any time. If they aren’t available when you need them, it will be quite difficult to get answers.

If you have a deadline be sure to express this so the designer can be aware if projects can be completed on time. An Interior Designer will be in contact with subcontractors to ensure everyone is on the same page. You may have to push a deadline for several reasons.

Know Your Budget

Be sure to have a budget in mind for each room you want your designer to plan. Having a budget in mind can help the designer select products and materials that are in your price range. If you are unsure of a budget, it can take longer for materials to be selected and you might fall in love with something you can’t afford.

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About the Author: Patricia Davis Brown

Patricia, like her blog, is not a one-dimensional designer, which is evident in her accolades of 17 national design awards. Over a 38-year career in the industry, she has carved a niche in several areas of design. Licensed in interior design and certified in kitchen and bath design, she offers a full menu of design services ranging from whole house interior design, kitchen and bath design, lighting design, full remodels, commercial design and universal (ADA) design. Patricia is a sought-after speaker in the industry and has been published in many publications as seen on her interior design firm’s website, https://www.patriciadavisbrowndesigns.com/. She writes for such publications as QuinStreetinc, Relaxed Remodeler, and eHow.com talent offering design tips.