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Tips for Hiring an Interior Designer

Some of your friends and family members seem to have that creative touch that allows them to easily create a gorgeous, finished look in their space. Your past efforts at interior decorating, however, may have been less than perfect. Try as you might, you just haven’t been able to pull together the right look in your home. Hiring an interior designer can help you to create the style you want in your home. However, you don’t want to hire just any interior designer. Choosing the right professional for the job can help you to enjoy the best results.

Define Your Project

Before you sit down with any interior designers, you should first define the scope of the project. The job of an interior designer will be to create the look you want in your space. A reputable, skilled designer may be able to work with some of your ideas to create a finished look, but he or she will need to have a good idea about what you want to achieve with your design and decorating efforts. With this in mind, take time to sort through design magazines. Clip images of designs you like, and create a portfolio of design ideas. Take note of what you like and don’t like about each of the images including specific details on furniture and homewares used, colour schemes and more. You can bring your design portfolio to meetings with interior designers. This will allow you to more easily convey what you want to achieve by hiring them.

A Great Rapport

You want to find an interior designer who you can communicate well with and who you feel listens and responds well to you. Your relationship with your interior designer should be based on open communication if you want to achieve the best results. As you meet with different interior designers, take note of their ability to listen to your design goals. Do you feel as though a specific designer understands what you want to achieve in your space? Further, is the designer offering creative ideas based on your comments and suggestions, or do you feel as though the designer is trying to force certain ideas on you?

Review Previous Work

Finally, you should review a designer’s previous work. Ask to see before and after photos of spaces he or she has designed. More than that, discuss the projects thoroughly. Talk about what the homeowner was trying to achieve in the space, and determine if you believe the designer was successful in meeting that goal. Keep in mind that a designed space may look appealing, but it may not be precisely what the homeowner wanted.

Hiring the right interior designer is critical to achieving the best results possible in your interior decorating efforts. Consider putting these tips into practice today as you seek out the best designer for your upcoming project.

An Interior Design Consultant/Stylist for Super A-Mart– Australia’s leading Furniture Retailer, Sam writes about interior design and loves to help people transform their homes, rooms and spaces into their ideal living spaces. You can read more of Sam’s writing at the Super A-Mart Blog.

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