How to choose an interior designer

The majority of home owners are faced with the same persistent issue: an inability to make full use of their living space. When you’re buying a home, decorating it can seem like a walk in the park – just put some furniture in there and you’re good to go.

Once you move in, however, you realize that there’s a lot more to interior decor than good intentions. If you’re finding it hard to transition your home from a place reminiscent of a warehouse to a true living space, consider working with an interior designer on as many rooms in the house as possible.

Choosing the right person for the job

Interior design is one of those things that can ostensibly be done by anyone – we did mention you probably felt there isn’t much to adding furniture inside a room, didn’t we? Unfortunately, it’s not just home owners sharing this sentiment – people can often sell their interior design services without really having any talent for the profession. The result: lackluster ‘designer’ homes that lower the overall faith in interior designers.

To avoid becoming a part of a dissatisfied statistic, your interior designer should be someone with a true sense of perception: an artistic soul looking to express his or her passion through home decor.

Checking for feedback and reviews from past customers is all good, but here, it might not do all that much – every interior designer has a distinct style that may or may not put you off. Instead, when choosing an interior designer, focus on the person’s portfolio and examine as many ‘after’ pictures as possible – the more of these you can see, the better you’ll know whether the person can design something to your liking.

Past viewing the designer’s previous work, there’s also something to be said about ‘clicking’ with the individual. Have them examine your home and then clearly state your wishes: do they seem confused or are they perfectly responsive and eager to get to work? The answer could mean the difference between a home you’re proud to show and one whose appearance you’d rather suffer on your own.

How many rooms to decorate?

A big question mark before any home decor effort is the optimal amount of rooms to decorate. The prime candidates are probably evident, but what about smaller or adjacent rooms?

No matter how honest your interior designer is, he or she will try to get you to decorate as many rooms as possible. And why wouldn’t they? If nothing, the fact that they want to work more should be a good sign.

With that in mind, you’ll need to have a good idea of how useful it is to decorate every single room in the house. You won’t be able to know straight up, either: the contrast between rooms will only become apparent after one or more of them have been decorated.

Therefore, make sure that the interior designer you’re working with is willing and able to decorate additional rooms right away should you ask them to – likewise, they ought to recognize your wishes to call it a day if you feel that other rooms are fine the way they are.