You’ve finally made the decision that you want to look into interior design services to help you with the design and styling of your home. You’re ready for a new look for your room or your new house and you’ve made the call to an interior designer – yay!

But how do you make sure that you’re going to get the room or home that you’re dreaming of and that you and the designer are ‘on the same page?

Hiring a professional for interior design and decorating services is an exciting time, it can also be a bit scary, but it doesn’t have to be and there are some things you can do to make sure the designer clearly understands what you need and what you want. 

A good designer will help you figure out some of the things that you’re not sure of, but if you come armed with some examples of your preferred style and have a definite budget among a few other things – you will not only make the whole process easier for you and the designer, but you will confident that you will have the room you’ve been dreaming of.

These little tips will not only make the designers job a little easier, but will ensure that you’ll get exactly what you’ve been drooling about on Pinterest and Instagram


Decorating Mistakes

TIP #1 Take time to evaluate your space

See what’s working for you and what isn’t, then write it down. Make a list of all the things you would love to add and the things you would like to take away.

Maybe you need more lighting or storage, or maybe you have a large collection of something that is taking over the room. Having these types of things handy and written down, will make it easier not to forget to tell the designer


TIP #2 Make sure your space is clutter free and picked up

Whether you are taking the DIY e-design option or you are having the designer come to your home, it will make the job of measuring the space a whole lot easier to move around the room if it is free of obstacles and clutter.

When taking measurements, either you or your designer will need to follow the walls, making their way around the room to measure each wall, windows and doors etc. Furniture might also need to be measured.

A tidier room will also photograph better and help the designer see all parts of the room and this will make drawing the floorplan a whole lot easier


 TIP #3 Create a board on Pinterest

How to work with an interior designerCreate a ‘Home Board’ on Pinterest. It’ super simple to join Pinterest for free and create an account. Once you have your account you can create one or more digital design inspiration boards to collect ideas for your space, and you can share this board with your designer. You can search for specific topics such as dining room or dining room in scandi style etc. in the search bar and then pin anything that inspires you to your boards. In the comments section of each pin, try adding a comment such as “Love this rug” to help you remember what you liked about the pin and to let the designer know too. Having a Pinterest board especially for your design project will really help you and your designer to narrow down your style, likes and tastes


TIP #4 Make a list of things you love and things you don’t like

 For example, if you don’t like stripes or if you love floral prints, your designer needs to know. Maybe you only want to use recycled or eco friendly furniture, or possibly you have an allergy to certain fabrics etc. The more information you can give your designer, the better they can get to know you and the better they can design a space just for you


TIP #5 Know your budget

Finally, my last tip to help be super prepared to work with a designer is to clearly know your budget. Your designer needs a realistic budget amount for your room or project. It’s really important that you’re very honest and discuss how much you’re willing to spend with your designer. This will help to make sure you are both on the same page and that expectations are clear. Working within your budget, the designer can set up different options at your price point so that you can achieve your design goals without blowing up your piggy bank!

Final Thoughts

Taking the time to prepare for working with an interior designer will not only save time for both you and the designer, but will make the process run more smoothly. Your space will be measured right, the designer will get to see your inspiration pictures, and with the budget amount secured you’ll be ready to get the project started and you can begin looking forward to your perfect room

If you think you’re ready to work with me, you can check out my flat fee packages here or you’d like to know more about working with me, you can contact me here

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