Whether you’re planning a whole house renovation or a single room makeover, consulting an interior designer can make the world of difference to the end result.
Here at Design for Me we specialise in helping homeowners find the right interior design companies for their job. Many homeowners don’t know if they require an interior designer in the first place or how to find one that’s suitable for their budget. To help, we’ve answered some of the most commonly asked questions:
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Do I need an interior designer or an architect?
As a general rule, if you are fully or partially re-building or extending your property, use an architect/architectural designer. The same applies if you are significantly altering the layout of your house. Residential architects can design internal spaces, choose fittings and floor and wall finishes but would not usually get involved in furniture selection.
It is a mistake to think that interior designers are only about mood boards, furniture and colour schemes however. Many interior design companies and individuals have expertise and experience in re-planning internal spaces. So using an architect for a minor internal alteration project well may well be over-kill.
How much does and interior designer cost?
Interior design companies will provide quotations for your particular needs. Some interior designers quote on a room-by-room basis, others will work it out as a percentage of the project cost. You can read our article on this subject here
Will the first consultation be free?
The first consultation between you and the interior designer will either be on the phone or at your property. It is usually a ‘meet and greet’ to see how you get on with and they will tell you how they work and the steps your project will go through. You might discuss what you like/don’t like and they might also informally offer some initial thoughts and ideas. This process is typically free, and you can also ask them for a quotation for their interior design services at this point too.
What if I don’t like their design?
After the initial consultation above, you may decide to hire them for the job. I would certainly be weary at this point if the interior designer goes away immediately and comes back a couple of weeks later with a fully detailed set of drawings and sample boards. Good design results from a strong dialogue between you and the designer, and it’s important that they get a really good understanding of your tastes and aspirations before putting pen to paper.
So take control and take your side of the design process seriously too. Find images that you like. Creating and sharing boards on Pinterest is a great way to start. If you have absolutely no idea what you want (that’s why you hired an interior designer after all?) ask them to come back with a few rough options for you, to help you figure out what it is you like and don’t like.
When should I get an interior designer involved?
As early as possible. If you are also using an architect for your new build or renovation project it’s important that they communicate and work together in harmony (otherwise your builder might end up with two drawings directing them to do different things!)
Still have questions? Ask us!
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