Unless you are an interior designer, it is always a good idea to hire one
SINGAPORE, Dec. 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Hiring an interior designer or interior decorator not only adds lasting style and value to your home in the long run, but also helps you get the most out of your interior space. It is a long-term investment, and you should be looking for a good interior designer or decorator if you do not want to be unsatisfied with the results. We can’t tell you which agencies are good or bad. But we have gathered some tips from our interior designers and decorators to help you maximise the chances of landing a good one. Here are our top picks!
We really meant it when we tell you to google. You know what you like best, and googling the web for design concepts is the best way to get around when it comes to deciding the style you want and who you should hire as your interior designer or decorator. Our experiences have told us that most clients tend to plunge right into collecting brochures from different agencies and hiring a reputable interior design agency without knowing much information about their real experience and what they really want. So, start googling to get a feel of what you would like to see in your home.
2. Surf the web for interior design agencies
Once you have found your preferred style and look, the next step is to window shop and surf for interior design agencies. We strongly recommend looking through the galleries and portfolio sections. Keep a lookout for agencies whose portfolios are similar to the kind of style you want to create. Photos reflect what each individual agency is good at. Find a designer whose style you like and has designed rooms you can see yourself living in. Doing so not only helps you shortlist suitable agencies but also increases your chances of getting a good interior design agency that looks after your best interests.
3. Assess your work style
Are you looking for a comprehensive interior design service, partial guidance, an interior decorator or are you only in need of assistance with colours, space planning and resources? Are you a visual person or a tactile person? Do you want to be involved in all the nitty-gritty details or are you more interested in the big picture? Your answers will go a long way in ensuring you hire the right person and the ultimate success of your working relationship.
4. Determine the scope of your project
The scope of a project may determine the qualifications and experience required of the interior designer you are hiring. If you are undertaking a major renovation to an existing space or a new home, it’s likely that you are already working with an architect. You may want to ask him or her to recommend an interior designer or agency. If you are just redecorating a single room, you may not even need an interior designer if there are no structural changes, in which case an interior decorator, specialist or colour consultant may be a better choice.
5. You can afford it
Know your budget and set aside sufficient contingency funds. Don’t be afraid to ask your interior design agency about their charges and tell them your budget. Good interior design agencies will accommodate your budget and tell you what they can help you achieve with your budget.
6. Clarify credentials and specialisation
Unlike other professions, interior design includes a scope of services performed by a professional design practitioner who is qualified by means of education, experience and examination, to protect and enhance the life, health, safety and welfare of the public. Don’t be afraid to enquire about the interior designer’s credentials and area of specialisation. If their area of specialisation does not match up to what is advertised, skip them.
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