Gearing up to prep your home? Whilst some people are content doing it themselves, others prefer hiring professional help in the form of an interior designer. And with good reason too. After all, they have the magical ability to transform a space like Cinderella’s fairy godmother. More often than not, when you take it upon yourself to do it, you would tend to look at the obvious things like floors, curtains, walls and the like. Interior designers (at least the seasoned ones) notice every little detail and ensure that all these details connect in a unifying symbiosis. The end result is a space that is well tied together, incorporating all your tastes and requirements. What is important, is picking the right one. Here are a few tips to do just that.
KNOW YOUR PERSONAL STYLE
You cannot pick a proper interior designer without knowing what you want. You need to at least have some idea about the general direction you want to head in. While this does not necessarily mean that the interior designer cannot help you, it does mean that you might not make the most of their services which is a pity. Different interior designers have their own strengths and their own database of contacts which they utilise to get the job done. Some have their own take on things, though they should essentially go in line with yours. Whether you are browsing through interior design companies in Dubai or individuals, the same applies.
Just like you would want to see some previous work of a photographer or a graphics designer, you must request for a portfolio. You should only do this once you have narrowed down a list of potential interior designers though, otherwise you will be flooded with them. Once you have a general idea of who you would like to enlist for the job, you should ask them for their previous work. Aside from borrowing some inspiration from these portfolios, you will also be able to see how well they have worked within that particular space.
CREATE A BUDGET
As with anything that expends money, you need to create a budget. In fact, you might want to do this first since it will help you when shortlisting potential interior designers. If not, you might come across a luxury interior design guru who simply costs ways too much. Why go through the disappointment? Avoid it entirely by knowing how much you have to work with. You can then work within those restrictions, with a peace of mind.
MEET THEM IN PERSON
It is all well and good to establish contact, pore over portfolios and do all of that, but you must meet with them at some point. Preferably before you make a final decision. You need to know that you will get along, are amicable and that the designer is open minded enough to understand that you, as the customer must get the result you want. Whilst they are of course allowed to offer their input and their suggestions, if they insist on things their way, the dynamic is not right. It involves give and take. So meet to ensure the chemistry is on point.