Your home is precious, and it's where you spend most of your time and the one place you can count on to be relaxing once you return after a hard day at the office. It's the place where you live in and where you expect comfort from. So it must reflect your taste and style while also showing the ongoing trends to create a harmonious surrounding which soothes its residents and charms its visitors. Most people hire an interior designer to bring their vision to life, but there are some things one must know and consider before selecting one:
Know Your Own Style
Before calling interior designers, you need to find out your niche and your style. If you are fuzzy on the details in your vision, then check out some websites, magazines and paint swatches to help focus it. Knowing your own style means that you can hire the right person needed for the job. Like, if you feel that artificial plants like a fake tree trunk, fake tree, artificial vines, artificial cherry blossom tree and such can spruce up the decor of any home, then you need to go for a designer who agrees with your view. Most designers have a signature style of theirs which they work around, but the better ones should have the ability to adapt to your preferences.
Research for Professional Certification
If you are hiring an interior designer for the first time, then it's better to play it safe and hire someone who is professionally certified. Many states offer qualifications which establish the standards in the interior designing industry. But if you feel like the project is of a smaller scale and you need to hire a certified designer, then you can look into local decorators and choose according to your project needs.
Have a look at Portfolios
So now that you know what your style is and what you are aiming for, it's time to find a few designers whose style reflects yours. So try to look at the portfolios of various designers and see try imagining how it would be like living in the worlds and spaces they have created. Also, try seeing your own ideas and objects in that space. Like if you have artificial landscaping products like artificial foliage then try imagining them in those places.
Set your budget
It's important to know and marks out your budget before any form of remodeling begins. You can personally go through all the list of items which would be needed and make an approximate budget. As for designers, many opt to charge a decided fixed fee for all their services whereas others have a fixed hourly rate which they refer to. The mode of charge can also be a deciding factor between the candidates and help narrow the choices.
Meet with the selected designers and ask questions
After narrowing down your available choices, schedule a face to face meeting with them. Designers generally don't charge for this kind of preliminary sessions or interviews but do remember to ask if there is a fee just in case. During this meeting ask everything regarding the project which you can think of. Some points to ask about for sure is regarding their experience, services which you can expect to be provided, the cost which will be incurred, the time is taken for project completion and if possible also ask about the clients you can contact for getting referrals. Think and plan before going to the interview. Jot down all the points in a paper and try to be specific as much as you can.
Go in with an open mind
Even if both you and the designer have the same style, yet it is difficult to be on the same page regarding minute details of the project. So when going in for that interview, keep an open mind and don't dismiss any of the designer's ideas and suggestions without giving them a chance to explain and clarify it fully. Ponder over it and try to see things from their perspective as well. But don't allow them to enforce an idea on you just because the designer can get away with doing the easy thing rather than taking the more difficult route towards project completion.
Compare notes with each other
After meeting with the designers on the list, compare all the information you have collected. Compare the estimated fees given to you and sit down to prepare a list of pros and cons from whatever you came to know from the meeting. Sometimes it won't be easy to sort out the list and compare things so easily since in a designing project, and not much is quantifiable. So if one designer has different ideas on how your artificial landscaping products and objects like imitation logs, decorative tree branches and such from the other, then it's ultimately up to you to decide. Keep your ideas in mind but also don't disregard all the options presented before you. Regarding the cost, remember that what's cheap isn't always the best option to go forward with.
Communicate with the designer
Even if you are satisfied with your combined plan of action and are trusting the experience and instincts of the designer, still you must establish a proper communication method which will allow you to stay updated regarding what's going on. If you don't like something, then you must let them know but during the project, if the designer feels like changing some plans to suit a place better, then they must be able to tell you as well. Sticking to one rigid plan might make you miss out on some amazing styles.
Interior designers are here to help you create your perfect dream home, but they can't read minds. Remember to communicate your ideas clearly and also consider the feedback given. There must be a synergy between both the client and designer to bring to life the ideas on the page so as to create a haven.