Interior Design Guide

Interior Design Guide

Be sure that you have worked out whether you need an interior designer or a decorator. Thank you for your interest The titles can be confusing as to who exactly does what. The correct interpretation is that interior designersmanage entire building projects while decorators often deal only with the ‘cosmetics’ of a space, such as fabrics, floor finishes, accessories and choice of colour.

An interior designer will work on the ground with the developer and/or owner to come up with the best combination of internal finishes (depending on whether it’s a grand style mansion or a contemporary/modern penthouse apartment).

A good start would be to research
interior design ideas from magazines and books. office partitioning This will save both time and money and will give the designer a good idea of what you want. There are also interior design firms that provide straightforward and simplistic furniture packages online. Also available online are great fabric outlets with a wide range of fabrics which provide quality in virtually every aspect of interior design.

Find a designer or interior design firm whose work you like. Ask to see examples of their work, and choose one who focuses on interpreting your needs and particular style… and who will not foist their own taste onto you and into your home.

Don’t be embarrassed about your personal style: a good designer will not neglect your personality, style and taste but rather help you broaden your ‘design’ horizons, introducing you to what is available, and how it could work with pieces you’ve already purchased. It’s the interior designers‘ job to enhance your space and also work the design around your most treasured possessions.

Don’t be intimidated – definitely ask upfront how much the work will cost before commencement. Click here for more information Depending on the size of the job, most designers charge an initial consultation fee, after which a fee will be determined depending on the nature of work required. Expect to pay a percentage of the total cost as a down payment.

Designers can project-manage a job and coordinate everyone involved if necessary – the architect, upholsterer, painter etc. – but you are ultimately responsible for those individual costs unless the designer contracts them on your behalf. One of the advantages of hiring interior designers to co-ordinate your space is that they often save you money because they choose reliable contractors for the job. To avoid ’surprise’ costs, make sure that all arrangements are agreed in writing, with a breakdown of all costs involved. Make provision for possible extra costs and agree on how the bill is to be paid before onset of work.

After an initial discussion to assess your needs, the designer should come back to you with a design proposal for your home interior design, including suggestions for furniture and fabrics; paint and colour. Once this has been agreed upon, nothing should be ordered without your approval.

From this point onwards, the designer and team should take charge and oversee all work for which they are responsible.

You will hear about most designers by word of mouth, but definitely ask for references. If you are still unsure about third party recommendations,consult the guild of interior designers in your area, and they should be able to inform you whether the company is registered or not.

Remember that you are paying someone to make your life beautiful, so make sure you get what you want. The more demanding and knowledgeable you are, the more focussed and professional the interior designer will have to be.

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