Many of our customers wonder if it’s worth it to hire an interior designer. While it all comes down to what you want and what you’re willing to pay to get what you want, at Half Price Drapes we’ve realized that often times, our customers aren’t exactly sure what an interior designer does. That’s why we’ve provided this simple guide to exactly what they do.
While every designer’s plan may vary slightly, you can expect that you’ll first meet with your designer to talk about your style, what you like, what your budget is, and what your time frame is. You should go into your initial meeting knowing the answers to these questions or you’ll waste much of that meeting figuring it out. Remember that most designers charge by the hour and they may or may not offer a free consultation. If they don’t, then you’ll effectively be paying them between $50 – $200 (on average) per hour to watch you figure out what your preferences are.
They’ll then walk through your home and consider what each room is used for. They’ll take everything into consideration, such as whether or not you have kids, dogs, etc. They’ll consider how often each room is used and how much activity takes place in each one. If you’re having a home decorated that’s not yet built or is not accessible to you at this time, then the designer can use blueprints of the home to do this part.
Next, your designer will likely draw out everything they plan to do. If you’re having more than one room designed, then they’ll likely draw out one room at a time. They’ll include items they want to add, colors, styles, etc. and will also include any remodeling that may need to be done to make their vision come to life.
At this point, you’ll be able to give them feedback. Remember that they haven’t actually completed anything yet so it’s fine if you want to change your mind. For example, if they’ve chosen vintage-style silk curtains and you’re more interested in patterned silk curtains this is the time to let them know. If you’ve chosen the right interior designer, they’ll welcome your feedback.
Once you’ve signed off, they’ll get started on the work. At this point, it’ll be much more difficult to make changes because they’ll likely have ordered and bought the products they need to decorate your home.