Interior Designer may be the most important decision you’ll
make heading into a remodel project. When thoughtfully selected,
a designer will be an indispensable guide through the literally
thousands of decisions that lie ahead and help ensure your
project is completed on-time, on-budget and in a manner that
will make the process as enjoyable as the end result.
Below you’ll find additional information that will help you make an informed decision when selecting your Interior Designer.
When you're ready to select a designer to work with on your project, the number of individuals and firms to choose from can be daunting. How do you know if you’ve chosen a professional designer?
In general, you want a designer with the following characteristics:
Is accredited as an interior designer
Has experience in the type of project you are doing
Has demonstrated creativity, talent and resourcefulness
Is attentive, responsive and communicates well
Has a record of reliability and good work habits.
One way to ensure you are working with a professional interior designer is if he or she is a member of the American Society of Interior Designers. ASID member designers must meet the profession’s education and experience requirements, as well as adhere to a strict code of ethics and professional conduct. The ASID appellation after a designer’s name indicates that he or she is an accredited designer who has passed rigorous professional scrutiny and testing.
In addition to their in-depth knowledge of products, materials and finishes, professional designers have the training and expertise to plan, schedule, execute and manage your project from start to finish. They know and work closely with many vendors, contractors and other service providers, coordinating and orchestrating the entire design team. Designers also provide specification and purchasing services to procure materials, furniture, accessories and art, some of which you might not be able to find on your own.
When you hire an interior designer, you get the benefit of an experienced professional who can solve problems, help you avoid costly mistakes and, most importantly, create an attractive, affordable space designed specifically to meet your lifestyle needs.