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Choose a Designer

Selecting the Right Window Treatments
Getting a Professional Perspective

Design Partners

Professional design consultants can transform your home. Knowledgeable, creative, and attuned to your taste as well as important industry trends, they can work with you to elevate your environment and realize the vision you have for your home.

To find a designer who matches your needs, ask friends and colleagues for personal recommendations. Research the professionals in your area by browsing their websites. Read customer reviews online and check the Better Business Bureau for issues with past clients. Compare different companies' design philosophies and the scope of their services. Look for a designer who has successfully undertaken projects that are similar to yours in size, budget, and style. Send an inquiry to several firms that you are interested in working with—find out if their schedule would accommodate your project, and if they are interested in meeting with you in person.

Choose A Designer

Creating a Palette, Collecting Inspiration

As you prepare to meet with prospective design partners, create a "mood board" to help illustrate your inspiration. Browse through the pages of your favorite home décor magazines or glossy catalogs and clip out photos that inspire you. Include examples of furnishings, colors, textiles, and room styling you would like to inform the look of your own home. When you click through websites that feature innovative or interesting design, add those images to a Pinterest board that you can share with prospective interiors professionals.

By providing these examples to a design consultant, you can effectively communicate your personal tastes and begin larger conversations about color preferences, the functional needs for different rooms in your home, and your unique decorating style. Trust them to build on these ideas and develop creative solutions for your home.

Initial Meetings and Consultations

Interview several design professionals whose work you admire. This is a wonderful opportunity to ask questions about past work, their portfolio, professional certifications, project experience, and request a list of client references, if desired.

Discuss the scope of the project you have envisioned with each designer, including the timeframe for completion and the proposed budget. Discuss their fees—whether you will be charged a fixed rate, an hourly rate, or a percentage of the final budget, and what that fee covers. Also establish methods for ongoing communication between you and the designer during the project.

Choose a Direction

Carefully evaluate the proposals you receive, complete with price quotes, and choose the designer or firm you would like to work with. Finally, be sure to sign a contract before any work begins or money is exchanged. This will clearly define expectations and place your creative collaboration on a solid footing as you begin an exciting new project for your home.