If you are in the process of building a new place or in the process of remodeling one, an interior designer can be of great help in shaping your space to reflect your style in a cohesive and visually pleasing manner. Choosing an interior designer can be tough, and with Pinterest available to aid us in creating design boards, a lot of us feel like we can be our own interior designers. However, getting Pinterest styles right can be challenging, and people often end up burning more money to get the look right.
Good interior designers can not only help you style your space right, but can also help you save the cost of redoing spaces, time and can get you discounts at design stores they have tie-ups with. If you are on a hunt for an interior designer, here’s a list of factors you must consider to choose the right one for you.
The most important thing to consider of course is how much you are willing to loosen your purse strings for the purpose of getting your interiors done. A lot of interior designers charge by the room, so you can look at doing a combination of interior designers. For areas such as living room and main bedroom, it is better to hire an experienced professional, whereas for other areas you can look at experimenting with new people.
One of the key factors while shortlisting interior designers is understanding the process of how they will achieve the look you desire. Great interior designers will take your inputs and provide you with drawings, mood-boards and visual representation of the final outcome. If you believe in Feng Shui or Vaastu, also check with the interior designers you have shortlisted if they can attain the desired aesthetics keeping in mind Feng Shui and Vaastu principles.
Once you have finalized the budgets and the process, the next step is to view the portfolios of various interior designers. The portfolios or work pictures will give you a sense of the design capability of a particular interior designer. Particularly look for the match between visual representations and the final outcome. This way you can be ensured of “What you see is what you get” ethos of an interior designer. While you can give your design mood-board to any interior designer, seeing the past work will help you zero in on an interior designer whose aesthetic sense and taste matches yours.
Another important factor while choosing an interior designer is the timeline in which they will deliver your project. Clearly define the timelines you are looking at and also factor in unforeseen delays such as labor unavailability and delays from vendors. While finalizing the timelines with your interior designer, it is always prudent to give them dates well before your final deadlines.
A good interior designer will always have tie-ups with stores providing interior-related goods. They can help you get good rates at these stores thereby reducing your sourcing costs.
Last, but not the least, check out reviews for the interior designer on Google or on Facebook. Reviews will help alleviate any doubts you might still have after considering the above-mentioned factors.