Whether you don’t want to take the time to decorate your home on your own, or you don’t know how to get your style to shine through, it’s important that if you’re considering hiring an interior designer you think it through. Here are our five top tips on how you can find the best decorator for your home or business.
Ask for referrals
Do you have a friend or relative who’s had a great experience with an interior designer? Ask around and see if you can’t find some options. If you don’t know anyone who’s used an interior designer, try reaching out to a local Realtor. They often work with designers to stage homes when they’re trying to sell a home.
Once you have some referrals, head to your computer to research them. You’re looking mostly at the photos for the homes they’ve decorated. Their past work will give you a good idea if their style is compatible with what you’re looking for. Look also for a designer that fits your unique needs. For example, some may work well with historical renovations, while others are more experienced in new construction.
Research the market in your area
When you contact an interior designer, they’re going to give you a quote for the project. Before they do that, you should have an idea of what it’s reasonable to pay for their services. The exact amount will vary based on where you live, what type of design experience you need, and how much time they’ll need to devote to your designs. That said, have a budget in mind before you call a single interior designer.
Know what you want before you hire a designer
Does this mean that you need to know exactly what type of draperies you want or the exact pieces of furniture for each room? Of course not – but you should know what you expect from your designer. For example, some people are looking for a decorator to come into their home and take over. Others want a designer who’s going to listen to their input and create a plan based on the homeowner’s unique vision. It’s wise to know what your expectations are before you get started.
At Half Price Drapes, we are proud to offer a wide range of products and instructional materials that can allow anyone to buy their own curtains and install them. You may find that decorating your own home is easier than you think!