An interior designer can help turn your inspiration into some much-needed change for your home or living space. Once you know why you should work with an interior designer, it’s time to take a closer look at the design process and how to work with your interior designer to make the most of your renovations.
What To Expect From The Initial Consultation
When you first meet with an interior designer, step one is to make sure you’re both on the same page about your design needs, wishes, and budget. It’s a good idea to have this initial consultation at your designer’s office as this will allow you to gauge how well you are suited for both you and the designer. Should you both be willing to move forward the second meeting should be at the property or space that requires the services of the design professional.
Choose The Right Designer For You
Every designer is going to offer you their own vision for your space. The right designer for you is going to be adaptable and ready to listen to the vision you have for your home. Even so, this doesn’t mean that any designer is going to work for any project. Take a look at showrooms and social media pages to decide on a designer that already fits your style.
You have a vision of your space in your mind, and it’s important to share as much as possible with your designer. Fabric samples, color swatches, and other inspiration images can help you relate the vision in your mind to your interior designer, helping them get a sense of what you like and how you want your home to feel but never forget why you hired them in the first place! Always allow them to take the lead into developing and nurturing your vision and thoughts into a reality.
Being honest about what you’re willing to spend on renovations is an essential part of the initial consultation and one of the basic fundamentals to be determined before signing the design contract. A good interior designer won’t go over the budget you give them and will be realistic as to your expectations, so feel free to be upfront about how much you have to spend. Keeping to the lower side of your budget may mean that the final results aren’t what you’re expecting. Take the time to speak with your designer to get a realistic idea of what they can do for you.
The Steps Of The Design Process
With the initial consultation over, your designer can get to work on making your vision a reality. They can start sourcing furniture, accessories, lighting fixtures, and anything else you have a request for. In this phase of the design process, communication is more important than ever.
Communicating With Your Designer
At the end of the day, you’re the one living in your home. If a part of the interior designer’s brief doesn’t strike you, take the time to ask for it to be changed. Interior designers go through several drafts and typically the rule of thumb is to keep it to three options in terms of refining the vision before any work gets started. It’s always easier to make the changes on paper, but it might not be so easy after labor or an installation has taken place.
Keep It Personal
Handing over the reins to a designer doesn’t mean that your home is impersonal, either. An interior designer is there to guide your vision into reality, but it’s still your vision. Speak up about the elements of your home that you’re not ready to part with, and keep your personal identity at the forefront of your design vision.
Have An Open Mind
As important as it is to stand firm for your personal tastes, it’s also worth listening to what your designer has to say about color schemes and design choices. They have expert design and color knowledge backing their advice, and you might be pleasantly surprised by trying something new.
Once your design is finalized, it’s time to relax. Your interior designer can organize installation and ordering, and before you know it, you’ll have a space that feels more like home and more like you. Do you want to get inspired? Visit our Boca Raton showroom/store and see for yourself how our designs can get your vision become a reality.