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Starting a design project is such a fun and exciting time! But finding the right interior designer for your project can feel overwhelming. You want to find someone who understands you, your style and your vision. You want a designer who does the type of project you’re looking to do and someone who will communicate effectively with you.

When it comes to hiring an Interior Designer, how do you find the right one? What questions should you ask? Do they need to be certified? What information do you need to know?

Today, I want to share the 6 essential questions you should ask your interior designer.

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1. What is your style?

Before meeting with anyone, decide what you like and don’t like. I know that sounds overwhelming because there are so many options, but having an idea of some major do’s and don’ts is an important starting point. It allows the designer to better understand your style, what you’re looking for and makes determining the style of your home easier.

2. What is the designer’s style?

Some designers focus on one specific design style, while other designers don’t. No matter what their style or focus is, making sure they understand your vision and style is key. They’ll be designing spaces in your home, so you want to make sure they’re able to bring your design dreams to life.

Here at Laura U we don’t specialize in one particular design style. Instead, we focus on designing spaces that tell the client’s story and reflect their lifestyle and collections.

3. What design services do you offer?

There are many services design firms offer like custom drapery and upholstery, space planning or furniture installation. Think about the kind of design assistance you’re looking for and make sure you know what they offer.

Laura U is a full service interior design firm. So whether you’re looking to refresh a space or construct a new home, our firm can assist you with all your design needs from start to finish.

4. Do you have testimonials?

Testimonials are crucial for two reasons. They help verify the credibility of the designer and can also provide insight into how your project will go. Testimonials help you better understand what to expect throughout the process and what it’s like to work with a particular designer.

5. Who will be working on my project and how are they selected?

Knowing who will be working on your project is crucial. The designer you interview may be the only one working on your project or they may be part of a design team. If you’ll be working with a design team, you want to make sure everyone on the team understands your style, vision and knows what the goal of the project is. Most importantly, you want to make sure you’re comfortable with everyone on the team.

At Laura U, we utilize design teams. Our clients have their own design team, which consists of a Senior Designer and Design Assistant, throughout their project.

6. What is the communication process like and how will you communicate your design ideas to me?

Communication is a key element of working with a designer and great communication is essential for an enjoyable and productive experience. So make sure you understand the process of how and when you communicate or get project updates from the designer. You want to feel comfortable with the communication process so you can be sure you’re getting the information you need, when you need it, without feeling overwhelmed.

The two most important things to keep in mind is that your comfortable with the designer and their team and feel confident they understand your style and vision. Finding the right interior designer does take time, but in the end, you’ll be so glad you did!

I hope these questions will help you as you begin the process of hiring an Interior Designer and if you think the Laura U team would be a fit for your next design project, we’d love to chat with you about how we can make your design dreams come true!

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Laura U

Laura Umansky is a story-teller at heart. Her unique perspective and tailored design process empower her to create singular interiors for clients all over the world.

4 thoughts on “6 essential questions to ask when hiring an Interior Designer

  1. ashvinisri on October 27, 2018 at 1:22 pm Reply

    Thanks for publishing this blog, really awesome. Only experienced professional can do this.

  2. Duncan Lance on December 22, 2018 at 1:39 am Reply

    I do like that the first question the article asks is about your style. After all, at the end of the day it is your home that is getting redesigned so your style has to be present. Because of that, you have to know what your style is and find an interior designer that respects it and tries their best to incorporate it.

  3. Taylor Bishop on January 15, 2019 at 6:25 pm Reply

    Thank you for this advice if you want to hire an interior designer. It’s good to know that you should. try to learn what kind of design services they could offer, like custom drapery. This seems important especially if you want to make sure you are using the designer’s services to the fullest.

    1. Laura U on January 16, 2019 at 8:33 pm Reply

      Great points, Taylor! Some projects require professional help, and redesigning your entire home is definitely one of them. Thanks for reading!

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