So, you have finally filled out all of the paperwork and you are the proud owner of a new home. While it may be perfect in many ways, the aesthetics may not be to your liking. There are stains on the badly worn carpet and the colour scheme leaves a lot to be desired. What is your next move? Instead of leaving it as-is or attempting to fix it with haphazard DIY attempts, you should hire a designer to help you turn this into the home you have always dreamed of.
In case you are not familiar with the term, an interior designer, such as Sandhurst Interiors, is a professional that specialises in designing the inside of homes, offices and other spaces. Many of the offer full packages where they oversee the entire project as well as general services where they only focus on the design aspect.
If you opt for a full package, they will help you plan the project, find the materials you need, purchase furniture and choose subcontractors for all of the construction. They manage the entire project from beginning to end.
Great designers have spent many years studying and honing their craft. They have had training in design, architecture and/or art and they are familiar with a wide range of styles. They may also have access to materials that are not offered to non-professionals. It is also likely they will have close relationships with many decent tradesmen, which means they can help you find reliable people to help you.
All of this comes at a cost. The amount you can expect to spend will depend on how large the project is, the quality of the materials that will be used and the amount of experience the designer has. Designing a living room with newer paint and furniture can cost as much as £5,000. A larger project, like refurbishing an entire home, can be £100,000 or more.
There are so many designers available out there. How do you narrow it down to just one?
One of the best ways to find a great designer is through word of mouth. Ask people you know if they can recommend someone they have worked with in the past. If you have seen the interior of a property and you have found it to be impressive, ask about the designer.
Most professional designers will have a degree or some type of certificate. While qualifications are important, it is important to consider other factors as well. Always look for someone who has a personal style that you find appealing, is versatile, is open to listing to client feedback, is reliable and has a high trustworthiness level.
If you are worried about paying too much, look for someone local. When designers have to travel a great distance to help clients, they expect to be compensated for this. Do not base your entire decision on the cost of services. Low costs may be a sign of the quality you can come to expect.
Do ample research and make sure to ask questions; take a look at websites for any designers you consider. This will give you a glimpse into the work they have done, the services they offer and the fee schedule.
Once you have compiled a list of candidates, get in touch and ask them about the services they offer and discuss what your needs are. Ask to view their portfolios and request references from some of the people they have worked with in the past.
Make sure they explain their fee structure so there is no confusion. The initial consultation is usually free. After, the amount you may be charged can vary wildly. Some designers offer fixed rates for projects that are not very large. If the project is more complicated or the client does not have a clear vision of what they want, the price of the project is likely to be much more.