Hiring an interior designer is the best way to create the most welcoming and beautiful spaces in your home. For most people, it’s well worth the investment to have your home looking so amazing. Fernanda Splitter is an expert interior designer who works with a wide variety of clients. Here are her ‘three things to think about’ before you hire someone to design your home.
One of the first things your interior designer will ask for is inspiration images. They will want to know your style and what you would consider the perfect home. “Everyone’s tastes are different, so a good interior designer will ensure they know what you’re looking for before they start,” said Fernanda Splitter. She suggests looking at interior design websites or home improvement blogs. You can also look for individual items that you would love. Learning a bit about the design process and names for different styles can be helpful before you begin.
Your interior designer will want to know what you absolutely need in your home. Some of these might include a barn door, floor lamps, or a space for your coffee station. Make sure to state all of this upfront so your interior designer can fit them in. It would help if you also considered things that aren’t must-haves but are nice-to-have. Bring both lists to your consultation with a designer.
Once you have an idea of what pieces you’ll want an interior designer to work with you on, you’ll need to determine your budget. These professionals will charge a reasonable amount, but their services are high-end, so you should expect to pay a premium price. In addition, the items they pick out for you are likely to be more expensive than you’d get from other places. “Determine a figure for your absolute highest budget,” says Splitter. “Then try to get the budget down by at least 10%. This will give you extra cash in case something goes over budget.”
Hiring an interior designer is an exciting step toward creating the perfect home for you and your family. Fernanda Splitter recommends preparing before you go in to make the experience as smooth as possible.