Image above by Kivia, interior designer from London. Click here to see more and shortlist them for your home project.
In light of social distancing measures required during the Coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis, many of our users are asking us whether now is a good time to start planning an interior design project. Can interior designers work remotely?
Although you might need to delay starting the physical renovation work for the time being, fortunately the design and planning period of the project can be done during this period of lockdown. In fact, many interior designers in recent years have moved towards remote working anyway.
Can interior designers work from home?
In the interior design industry, home interior design projects are considered ‘small jobs’ that usually require only one designer. This eliminates the need for an office based environment that might be required for larger commercial interior design jobs. Many freelance designers are even already well accustomed to working from a home office already.
Finding the right interior designer
Design for Me is a free online platform to help you quickly find the right design professional for your home project.
Once you register your project, it will be matched with 100s of top interior designers in your area and beyond, and you can see who may be available and eager to work on your project straight away.
Initial consultation and quotation
The initial consultation can be done over the phone or even better – a video call. This will help develop a good relationship between you and give you a good sense of whether they would be a good fit for your project. The next step is to ask them to prepare a quote for you.
If you have any floor plans, e.g. estate agent plans, this would be helpful for your interior designer to better understand the space and dimensions if they can’t be there in person.
Each interior designer will have their own method to develop your design and this is usually a collaborative process between you. Some designers use online tools like Pinterest in the first instance to get an idea of you style and understand your aspirations. See Design for Me’s Pinterest feed here, featuring hundreds of the best residential designers in the UK to get you started.
Sketches, drawings and computer visualisations are already very common in the industry. Computer generated images (CGIs) are now frequently used by residential designers to help the client understand the design, like the image below. Physical samples and sample boards (mood boards) can be sent to you to get a good sense of textures and materials that are being proposed.
Design by Emma, interior designer from Westminster, London. Click on the image to see more and shortlist them for your home project.
If you need any help or advice regarding finding an interior designer or how this process could work over the coming weeks, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll be happy to chat!
After you post your project you can choose up to three interested design professionals for an initial consultation. And it’s all completely free!
- quickly see who’s interested in your job
- create a shortlist
- invite up to three for a no-obligation consultation
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