Things You Need to Know When Hiring an Interior Designer

Everyone deserves to love the home they live in. Sadly, a lot of people are unhappy with the space they have created for themselves, and often are not sure why. This is where an Interior Designer plays a valuable role, as liaison between you and your home.

After you have made the decision to hire a Designer, finding the right one may seem like a daunting task. Start by asking asking your friends or relatives if they have someone to recommend. If you have seen a room or home with a design that you really liked, find out who the designer was. Searching online is also a good place to start. Most designers have a web site where you can instantly see their previous work and get a feel for how they design. The local ASID chapter can help facilitate this. Start out with 2 or 3 choices and schedule consultations. This is a good time to view the portfolios and most importantly, see if it “feels” like a good fit. By this I mean, use your intuition. You could potentially be working with this person for an extended period of time, while it’s not necessary that you become friends, you still want to be heard when it comes to expressing your thoughts and desires for creating a better space.

Some questions to ask the Designer during this process are:
o Describe your design style.
o Are you open to my ideas and wishes during the creative process?
o What aspect of design is of most importance to you (i.e. lighting, color scheme etc.)
o How do you structure your fee?
o Do you have a list of previous clients that I can talk to?
o Most Designers won’t give away too many ideas during this part of the process, but it wouldn’t hurt to ask for an impromptu idea or two to see if you’re on the same page.
o Your instincts can play a big role at this stage, so be sure to listen to them!

When you have made your decision, you should receive a contract with the scope of work, timeline and fees involved. Be sure to read it thoroughly and don’t be afraid to ask questions if there is something you don’t quite understand. This is the time to work out any concerns and to ask questions. If the Designer is honest and has integrity, she/he will be very forthcoming with her/his answers.

Just remember that this should be a fun process! With the right prep work beforehand, you and your Interior Designer can have a productive and creative relationship.

7 Questions to Ask an Interior Designer Before Hiring Them

Before you hire an interior designer to help decorate or redesign a room in your home it is important that you know something about the person who is providing you their professional advice. Do you like their style? Do they listen to your design ideas as well? Do they have experience with a portfolio of past jobs that you can look at and study? There are several questions you can ask a professional designer but following are 7 of the most important questions or things to know before hiring an interior designer for your next project.

1. In today’s digital world, there’s a never-ending supply of before and after photos. Ask to view their web site before you meet.

2. While a designer should be able to create the home you’re dreaming of, some designers specialize in certain design styles. Ask what their favorite design style is and make sure your tastes are compatible.

3. Referrals, referrals, referrals! Talk to clients who’ve actually worked with the designer. Rather than just making a phone call, ask if you can see the client’s home with or without the designer. Most happy clients would gladly show you their successful project. If visiting in person isn’t an option, at least ask the client about their overall job satisfaction. Would they use the designer again? What did they like most and least about working with the designer?

4. If you can’t tour a client’s home, the designer’s home is the next best thing. If a tour cannot be provided ask them to look at their portfolio of work either online or a physical book of images.

5. Ask the designer how they charge for their services. Many designers charge a percentage of the total costs. Given supplier discounts to the trade, the discounts usually pay the client back for all and often more than the designer’s fee, saving the client money.

6. Time line. Get an idea about when the work would begin and be completed by. Make sure that goals and budget are clearly defined.

7. Are you compatible with the designer? This is a person you’ll spend a fair amount of time with. While they don’t have to become your best friend, it’s important that you consider this person to be a good listener, reliable, knowledgeable and professional.

If the interior designer you are considering hiring meets all your requirements then you have a good match. Keeping this list of questions handy will be helpful in your search and may even save you money by hiring the right designer for the job.

HDB Flat Interior Design – 3 Things to Lookout When Engaging a Designer for the Job

Have you looked for Singapore interior designers’ portfolio? Have you seen how imposingly they work around the limited living space of Housing and Development Board (HDB) flat interior design? HDB residences in Singapore are pretty much the same in floor are and design. There is very little you can do to enhance the balcony and greeneries. But, given the right design and Renovation Company, there is actually a lot of room for magic.

Many consumers are somewhat timid by the thought of hiring an HDB flat designer. They are intimidated by the fact that they’ll lose control of the design, or the budget, and that the finished room may not be to their liking. In HDB flat interior design, the main secret to enhance the limited floor space is mirrors. Mirrors are used to lighten up a room and magnify it to a certain degree. In most of the design companies and designers’ portfolios, mirrors are present everywhere. The living room, being the main area for receiving guests, entertaining and lounging about is often the focal point of most HDB flat interior design. It houses the entertainment centre, including the video and audio sets. The living room expressly shows the personalities of the homeowners and often times, there are shelves and tables displaying portraits of the home owners or their collections – whether it is antique, figurines or action figures.

Nowadays with the help of internet you can do some research on the web as a first step to help calm your worries. You’ll find many significant resources to help you get comfortable with the whole idea of engaging a designer, and many more that will give you tips on how to find and work with an interior designer. You also have to be aware and practice due effort when reading, some of the honors and criticism given to the designer. Some of them may not be correct or sincere.

As a homeowner it’s important for you to lookout for materials to communicate with your designer. Your designer won’t be able to make the perfect design for you unless you’re able to talk just what you want. It’s often recommended that you start to collect photos from magazines of living rooms and furniture you like (and those you dislike), since this will give your designer a place to begin in creating a design specifically for you.

You must be able to communicate to your interior designer the style you want, the colors you like, and the activities that will take place in the room. Make a list of furniture you own that you want to hold. Think about your options for furniture, materials, fabrics and patterns. There are so many ways one can work on hdb flat interior design. The key is in finding the right interior design and Renovation Company to make your dream into a reality.