The Real Questions You Should Ask an Interior Designer

 

So you are dreaming of your home remodel or build project and you have decided you may want help from an interior designer.  You do a quick google search and there are 8-10 “interior designers” that pop up…who do you reach out to? What questions should you be asking them to find out who to go with?

I have put together 10 “Real” Questions You Should Ask an Interior Designer to find the right one for you.

 

10 Questions You Should Ask

 

Can you walk me through your design process?

Understanding how the designer approaches a project can give you insight into their methodology and ensure that it aligns with your expectations. Any experienced designer will have a well thought out process when working with clients as they have had experience thinking through every detail. No process usually means a clunky design experience.

What is your experience with projects similar to mine?

It’s essential to know if the designer has experience working on projects similar in scope, style, or budget to yours to ensure they can meet your specific needs. Ask lots of questions…this is the only way you will know.

How do you handle project timelines and deadlines?

Time management is crucial, especially for a busy professional like yourself. Clarifying how the designer manages project timelines can help set realistic expectations and ensure timely completion. It is also important to note that sometimes things don’t go as planned, so how is the designer communicating changes to the timeline that may be out of their control.

Can you provide references or examples of your past work?

Viewing the designer’s portfolio or speaking with past clients can give you a sense of their style, quality of work, and client satisfaction level. Any good designer will share past references with you. (Some clients do like privacy so in those cases, the designer may not share their information).

How do you handle communication and collaboration with clients?

Clear and open communication is key to a successful project. Understanding how the designer communicates with clients and involves them in the decision-making process can help establish a positive working relationship. We take this one very seriously and send out a weekly email updating clients on project updates as well as hours spent on their project and ordering/receiving expectations.

What is your approach to budget management?

Nobody likes the “B” word but unfortunately it is part of the process. It’s essential to discuss budget considerations upfront to ensure that the designer can work within your financial constraints and provide cost-effective solutions.

How do you stay updated on current design trends and innovations?

Design trends evolve constantly, so it’s essential to work with a designer who stays informed about the latest trends, materials, and technologies in the industry. With this said, we always strive for timeless interiors so some trends we just can’t get on board with.

 

What deliverables will be provided from the design? 

It is important to note, what deliverables will be provided to both client and contractor to carry out the design. We provide detailed drawings, renders, schedules with all of the materials to be used as well as specifics on EVERYTHING. This is a huge part of our process to ensure the design is carried out seamlessly.

How do you handle unforeseen challenges or changes during the project?

Flexibility and adaptability are crucial qualities for an interior designer. Understanding how the designer handles unexpected challenges or requested changes can help you feel confident in their ability to navigate any obstacles that may arise. Within our initial questionnaire, we always ask clients, how do you like to receive bad news? We always try and problem solve and have solutions for the client but in any construction project, there are unforeseen circumstances.

What sets your design approach apart from others?

This question can help you gauge the designer’s unique strengths, style preferences, and overall philosophy, allowing you to determine if they are the right fit for your project. A lot of times it is simple, do your personality types mesh. This is a very intimate relationship so I always make sure that it is a good fit for both sides.

 

I hope these questions you find helpful if you are dreaming up your next project and the thought of hiring an interior designer is a little scary. As always, please feel free to reach out!

 

And…if you are ready to start a project and need our help….reach out HERE!

 

-Taryn

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