1: TAKE STOCK
Have a clear understanding of what you would like to incorporate into the house.
The simplest way to do this is to create a checklist highlighting the things that you
need as well as the things you want to happen in the house. This helps you remain
focused on the on-going renovations, and it allows you to touch base with your
interior designers as the work goes on to ensure that everyone is on the same page.
2: KNOW YOUR PREFERENCES
Designers, though amazing at their jobs, are not necessarily able to read your
minds. Sure, you’ve pulled out some pages from the latest magazines and pictures
from Pinterest, but this only gives your designers an overall idea of your
You need to specify what is it you like – and yes, that would mean doing some
research before choosing a designer based on their existing portfolios. No two
designers are the same, and getting comfortable with their work is the best way to
start before you call them up.
3: SET BUDGET & UNDERSTAND HOW ITS BILLED
What was the saying again? If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail? Same
principle here when it comes to coming up with a budget. Those new to the
process of hiring interior designers may need to get online (again!) and do your
Friends, families and neighbours provide excellent input too. As long as you are
extremely clear about the kind of money you are willing to spend, you are in
control of the entire process – not your interior decorator.
Once you agree on a budget, you need to understand the way the work is billed too.
Some designers charge by the hour while others charge a flat fee. Some require an
upfront payment and others are fine with a monthly fee.
Whatever the case may be, do ensure that you are hiring services that you are
willing and happy to pay for.
4: FIND THE RIGHT DESIGNER
There’s nothing worse than getting the wrong person to do the job. The best way
to find a proper interior designer is to ask for referrals from past clients.
Otherwise, get a list of designers you want to work with and pay attention to their
online portfolios for references.
Pictures tell a thousand words, and looking at their portfolios will give you a better
idea on the quality of work that you can expect. If you’re not looking at their
pictures and going “Wow, I’d really love to live there!” then those designers might
not be right for you.
5: INTERVIEW WITH THE POTENTIAL
Narrowing down your selection of designers is just the first step of your journey
towards recreating your living space. Ensure that the people you are talking to are
asking you the right questions and are really trying to understand what your style
and budget is – stay away from hard sellers at all costs. They are there to hit their
quota, and not to help.
Put them on the spot by asking them important questions.
“What are your suggestions?”
“Will this concept work in my home?”
“Will this feel comfortable in a small apartment?”
Talk to a few designers and compare skills and services. Once you meet “the one”
you’ll know, because the discussions you will have will feel more natural and they
get what you’re trying to achieve in your home.
6: WHAT’S NEXT AFTER CONFIRMING ON DESIGNER
When you have finally settled on an interior designer of your choice, be sure to run
through the floor plan to ensure that it feels right for you and everything flows
correctly. Everything has to be discussed and agreed upon so you always keep on
top of the project – your interior designers are there to help you, and you have to
make it easier for them to communicate their progress with you.
Working together with your interior designer ensures that you get the home you
want, and it is this synergy between vision and execution that makes the entire
process fun and rewarding for both client and vendor.
Do look out for our article outlining a list of important questions to ask your
designer! Ask the right questions, and you are well on
your way to creating the home of your dreams.