For some people hiring an interior designer can be an intimidating thought as they have vague ideas or misconceptions about an interior designer’s job. Before moving ahead with the basic question as how should one go about working with an interior designer, let us try to know and understand first, what exactly is the job of an interior designer? An interior designer’s job is not restricted to aesthetics only. It includes the technical as well as the functional aspects of designing the interiors of your home, keeping in mind the human behaviour, usability of the available space, lifestyle and safety requirements of the people inhabiting the space. Hence, interior designing is different from interior decoration in the way +that interior designers can decorate the space but interior decorators can’t design the space.
Below mentioned are the points that should be kept in consideration while working with an interior designer:
• Know what you want for a particular space of your house. Try to be as much clear as possible about what you are aiming at; this will give the designer a clear vision about how to go about designing that particular area of your house. If you are not clear about what you want then ask the designer for his/her inputs, suggestions and guidance in order to avoid costly mistakes in future. Collect samples from magazines, catalogs, books, etc. to give the designer a fair idea about what you are looking for. After understanding your personal style a good interior designer should be able to guide you with latest designs, innovative ideas and latest technologies for the available space with functionality being his/her prime concern.
• Make sure that the designer pay attention to details for the optimum utilization of the space and has a creative mind and strong visual perception for his work.
• Be specific about your budget. Know what you will have to pay for apart from the designer’s fees and what all will be included in billing. Many of the designers know from where to get the upholstery, fabrics, carpets, etc. at discounted prices. This might turn out to be helpful in saving some money and investing in other things that would aid in adorning the beauty of your space.