4 Questions to Think About Before Hiring an Interior Designer

Are you considering redecorating your home and toying with the idea of hiring an interior designer? If so, you’re not alone. Working with an interior designer has plenty of benefits, especially if you have no clue where to begin. However, there are some questions to think about before you even reach out.

Here are four questions to ask yourself before you hire an interior designer:

  • What is my design style?

Knowing your design style helps move along many steps in the interior design process, from choosing colors to selecting furniture and accent items. Do you like the simplicity, subtle hues, and warm textiles of the Nordic? Do you prefer the Bohemian style’s carefree, cultured, and colorful aspects? Or, are you into the openness and exposed elements of the Industrial style? Coming to your consultation with this knowledge is extremely helpful but not necessary. If you know your style, our consultants will have a clearer sense of which design direction to take. But if you do not, they will be able to show you a variety of portfolios and mood boards to help you define your style.

  • Do I need help selecting an entire design or just a color palette?

One of the most challenging parts of updating your space is choosing a color palette. Color has the extraordinary ability to change a room completely, which is why it can be such a daunting task to undertake. If you already have your furniture and decor picked out, along with the room’s layout, and you’re only struggling with what color to paint the walls, you may not need an interior designer. On the contrary, an interior designer can be a huge asset if you want a total transformation and need help choosing everything from flooring to hardware.

  • What is my decorating budget?

Setting a budget is vital when decorating a new space. The cost of your project depends significantly on the size of the room (or rooms) you want to update, the quality of pieces selected, and other considerations. Many designers charge a project minimum, so you may want to ask for that upfront. Once you have a number you’re comfortable with, you’ll want to schedule a complimentary in-home design consultation. During the consultation, you’ll be able to establish your parameters with the designer and determine whether you can move forward.

  • Am I capable of finding and sourcing design elements on my own?

Typically, interior designers have relationships with manufacturers that grants them access to furniture, flooring, lighting, and other decorative elements the general public can’t obtain. Additionally, these relationships often come with discounts on the products. If you think you can find unique decor, furniture, flooring, etc., on your own, you may not need the help of an interior designer. However, an interior designer can get this exclusive access while putting it all together in a cohesive way, transforming your home. 

Once you ask yourself these questions, you’ll have a better idea of whether you should work with an interior designer. If you can’t figure out your style or source the products you want and have a reasonable budget, an interior designer will make redecorating your home easy and enjoyable. 

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