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.