As soon as we purchased our new house, I knew I wanted to work with an interior designer. I enjoy shopping for home decor, but when it comes to actually making big decisions such as buying a new rug, sofa, dining chairs, I just can’t seem to pull the trigger. I’m fortunate to have found a talented designer here in Providence who has started to help me get casa Ignall on track. I will be revealing before and after images on the blog in the future, but in the meantime, if you are thinking of working with an interior designer, here are some tips you should know:
Meet with a few designers that have your aesthetic. Ask to see photos of their recent work and make sure you show them what you like on the first meeting. You want to find a designer that understands your taste and lifestyle. I interviewed a few people who were highly recommended, but once I saw images of their recent projects I knew we were not a good match.
Be patient. Furnishing a home takes time. I wanted to start with a clean slate, which means we have minimal furniture and a ton of items to purchase. I went from being super-excited to feeling frustrated and stressed when I found out that a lot of the items we want to incorporate have long ship times.
Trust them. I have gone back and forth on a layout choice for our family room and have put in numerous calls to my designer who reassured me that our decision to change the couch layout was most suitable for how we were going to use the room as a family. I’m still obsessing whether or not we made the right choice, but I need to let things go and trust that with their expertise all our requests will be fulfilled.
Be upfront. If you don’t like an idea or a piece of furniture that was recommended, make sure to speak up. There’s nothing worse than making a purchase and regretting it after.
Have a budget in mind. Designers usually have a fee for their initial design and then a purchasing fee at a lower rate, which is what they use to buy all the furnishings. Keep in mind that the more you ask for them to pull new products or see different options, the more it will cost.
Main image borrowed from here. Isn’t this living room gorgeous?