Interior Designers are the fashion designers of a clothing label. You can have the best quality fabric and the best seamstresses, but if the design makes you look like a frumpy old maid, there is no way you would wear it.
The importance of design seems so obvious, yet It baffles us how many people place little to no importance in the design process of a new home or renovation [even within industry professionals!]
Yes, the building, pricing and time frames are all crucial elements, but if what you are investing into is a thrown together design with little importance held on an individuals lifestyle and habits, the result will always be reflected in the finished product.
Everything is designed. Few things are designed well. Brian Reed
We’d hate for you to have invested your time and finances into a project only to have regrets in the months, years or decades down the track. So let us help you in finding the best designer for your project.
1. Do you like what you see?
View their body of work, but view it objectively and try not to let your personal taste and style cloud their designs, after all, their works should be influenced by a clients process, including their style, taste and lifestyle – which will always differ to that of yours.
While I’m on the subject, don’t dis count a designer simply because they haven’t designed the project that you want. Yes, images do tell a story, but that story isn’t yours. There are certain things about a project you wouldn’t personally have, and that’s to be expected and even viewed as a positive! It means that you have a style and a taste that is unique and individual and to be celebrated!
2. Are they personable?
Meet them. Do you connect with the designer on a relational level? Each person will want something different from their designer, be it a direct approach or more of a flexible arrangement, whatever the style, make sure that both you and your designers expectations are discussed openly before any contracts are signed.
3. What is their philosophy?
And does it resonate with you? Do they tell a story that goes beyond a pretty picture? Design is a process, not a trend. The time they spend before the actual design is often the defining factor of a good end result. I can’t stress how important it is to make sure there is substance to your designer.
4. Do they have time for you?
How busy is your designer? Does it feel like you will be squeezed in to an already tight schedule, or as if you would be treated with priority? Whatever the gut feeling, trust it and make sure that you know how your designer will work for you.
5. Hand over the money.
Be it via a Fixed contract, Casual agreement, Hourly fee, Fixed fee or a mix of both, check out our shopping list for a rough guideline of pricing to expect with York Interior
6. What do others say?
Ask your designers for the name and number of a recent client. Most should be willing to hand over a client whose had a positive experience with them.
7. Is your designer passionate?
Remember that designers are first and foremost, creative individuals who are passionate about their craft.
If we can create an environment that is amazing for you, we are truly in our happy place. I would be a little hesitant if your designer seemed more enthused in the business transaction than the creative component of the job [both are required, only the later excites us]
8. Who will be working with you?
Is the person visiting on your first consult going to be the designer who is working on your project? Try to meet the designer, not the business developer or the accounts representative, they are the ones who will be with you in the process.
When all is said and done, don’t discount the most important factor to consider – your gut feeling. People give a vibe and if you feel right about the person, and you have considered the above information, be confident that you will proceed with the right designer for your needs.
I’d you’d like to have a chat about your project, contact us anytime
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