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6 Practical Tips For Working With An Interior Designer

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Getting help from experts to turn your dream home into reality is always a smart decision. When you work with seasoned architects, builders, interior fit-out pros, and other contractors, you will get the intended results you’re looking for in your investment and planning.

That said though, there is always a risk in projects going awry even with experts helping you out since communication is key. To avoid this though, we have outlined 6 tips to working with an interior designer that will help you to get the results you dream of and form a strong team with the contractors that you hire.

Having a Smooth Working Relationship With Your Interior Designer

1.     Have a plan

 First, decide on the scope of your project and what you ideally want your designer to do. Your plan should include a list of your priorities and a description of what you want each room to look like.

 Be as detailed as possible. Aside from worded descriptions, have ready pictures and even swatches so that the designer will know the exact color you want. Of course, you need to set a budget for the project to allow the interior designer to plan accordingly.

Keep in mind that the more specific you are with your goals, the more your interior designer will be more capable of bringing life to your project.

2.     Implement consistent and honest communication

Once you’ve come up with a plan and the budget, discuss all elements with your chosen designer. Go into all the details of your plan and be very particular about what you don’t want to see during and after the project.

During your initial meeting, listen to the ideas and suggestions of your interior designer as well. The person you will hire is already an industry expert so your designer also has a lot of useful ideas based on experience and stock knowledge.

However, your honest talks with your interior designer shouldn’t end when the work starts. You need to consistently keep in touch with your designer through face to face meetings, regular phone calls, or WhatsApp communication to get updates regarding the materials and whether everything is going according to schedule and budget. Encourage your contractor to be honest as well and not to gloss over possible issues or committed mistakes.

3.     Make sure there is a contract

Before starting on the project, request a contract from your designer. Make sure you read and understand all the terms and conditions before signing it.

You need to be familiar with how your designer operates – working hours, penalties on late payments, etc. Make sure you know who you’ll be working with and that you’re comfortable with all the conditions before hiring your designing partner.

4.     Be flexible

Although you want your designer to follow all your instructions in bringing your project to life, not everything will go as planned. Supplies may come in late, there may be a lack of workers, or the exact materials you prefer may not be available and you will need to choose other ones – these are all factors that can cause delays in the project.

In such instances, you need to weigh the pros and cons of sticking to your plan or being more practical. If the interior designer will recommend some possible replacements, consider them and do some additional research yourself.

The bottom line is that if you want your project to be completed on time and to avoid going beyond your budget, you need to be flexible and open-minded. Work with your interior designer to come up with the best possible solutions and don’t get too disheartened if your plan won’t be completely followed.

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5.     Be patient

 In the world of interior design, projects take time. If you want custom-made furnishings, you need to wait at least six weeks for them to be completed and delivered to your home. Contractors will also require several days to finish painting numerous rooms.

These are factors that are outside the designer’s control and, unfortunately, just a fact of life. Losing your temper over these matters won’t do you and your project any good. Avoid pestering your designer to rush things. If you do, you may end up having a poor quality of work done on your home.

6.     Trust your designer

Lastly, you need to trust your designer’s capability to execute your vision. This means giving your designer freedom regarding certain aspects of your project. Keep in mind that your home will be a reflection of the designer’s talent and will most likely go in his or her portfolio. As such, your hired professional will work hard to give you the result you are looking for – one that will impress you as well as potential clients in the future.

Undoubtedly, your main goal for hiring an interior designer is to make sure that all the elements found inside your home look fantastic and work well together to give your property a cohesive, appealing look. This is something that will be highly possible if you work well your interior designer and other contractors.



 Shane Curran

CEO at Interact Group LLC

Interact Group is a design-led interior fit-out company that aims to set new standards in the UAE interiors market. Driven by their dedication to total customer experience, the company’s mission is to bring truly specialized teams to complex design and fit out challenges, utilizing their unmatched ability to deliver spaces efficiently and above expectation.