Working with an interior designer can be a very rewarding experience. You cut out the stress of planning and managing your interior design – and end up with a beautifully decorated home, that is designed for your taste and lifestyle.
However, all of this depends on finding the right designer. When you start researching and interviewing a designer, here are the 4 questions you should ask.
#1 What’s your design style?
First of all, find out if the designer has a style that is compatible with yours. For example, if you want a cutting-edge modern design, then a designer with a taste for antique furniture might not be right for you.
Ask your prospective designer to show you their portfolio of past projects. Start a conversation about where they find inspiration: which artists do they enjoy? What is their favorite design era in history?
#2 What’s your management style?
You will commit a lot of time and money to your interior design project, so it’s natural to want updates. Ask your designer how often they update clients, and how. Will you get photos every week? A monthly financial report?
If you have particular requirements in this area, be sure to say so. A good interior designer will be happy to work with you to find a system that works for everyone.
Let them know how involved you want to be in the process. Are you a hands-on client, or do you just want to enjoy the final results? Make sure that your expectations and the designer’s expectations are in line.
#3 How do you manage your budget?
Your design budget is, of course, very important. Before any other questions, check that your designer is happy to work within your budget – and won’t have any financial surprises for you later on.
It’s also useful to ask what their budget priorities are. Think about what is most important to you. If you have to choose between spending money on lighting or appliances for the kitchen, which would you choose? Let your designer know what to prioritize, so that your budget will be spent where it is needed.
#4 What inspires you about my design project?
Finally, you want to know that your interior designer is completely on board with your plans. They shouldn’t just have a professional attitude; they should be thrilled and inspired to work on your home or office design.
Ask the designer what excites them about your project. Can they explain why they want to work with you? When you hear their reasons, you will instantly know which designer is right for you.