Important questions to ponder (and answer) when hiring an Interior Designer

Starting a renovation without an adequate interior design blueprint is like starting a business without a marketing plan; both can yield wasted efforts and expense.

In the world of DESIGN, the spectrum of what interior design professionals can do is wide and can be confusing. There are many branches of interior design, and niches to appreciate, including home staging, choosing furniture and new colour schemes; however, it’s a common occurrence for home owners to find themselves in a renovation or new build situation with an interior designer who is in over their head.

To find the right interior design professional, ask yourself the following

1. What is the scope of my work? Am I redesigning an ensuite bathroom or kitchen, or looking to turn my living room into a library?

2. Do I require someone to help me with an updated paint colour? For example, if I change the colour in the kitchen, do I have to change the colour in the adjacent living room?

3. Do I need structural work done? For example, do I want to relocate a wall?

4. Do I need help space planning furniture? Do I want to transform my dining room into a more functional entertaining space for guests and family.

5. Am I building an entirely new home? Self explanatory.

Professionals who help their clients change the paint colour/colour scheme, buy furniture, stage their home have different skills than an interior designer who is coordinating a construction site. If you are building a new home/infill, renovating your existing home, remodeling your existing home, consider the following definition of interior design.

Interior Design is not only about the materials and textures that are “visual” in a space, but it is the foundation and “guts” of what it took to get those textures/features to look amazing. We get it, not everyone has an appreciation for lumber and electrical and all the unseen elements of what make a new build or renovation great, but it’s easy to forget just how important they are to the final outcome.