What is an Interior Designer… And How Do I Work With One?
Hear expert advice to understand the role an interior designer plays in your renovation process
“The one thing you need to consider before hiring an interior designer, is do you want an interior designer or a project coordinator?” asks Twilhaar.
“Designers want to show their personality and design aesthetics in the project. That is why it is important to know if he/she understands what you want to achieve. Is the designer’s portfolio to your liking and serve as a base to expand on?” he explains.
As Twilhaar points out, IDs are not project coordinators, although they can assist with managing the project, depending on the scope of work in the contract
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“We will source materials specific for the project and design new elements and styles that meet our clients’ needs,” explains Twilhaar.
“This is not a cookie cutter process and will require a bit of time. Most of my clients are locked in three months in advance, and I am normally booked out for six months.
With this in mind, start looking for a designer at least six months before you plan to start.
“For my company, we need two to three weeks to work on design and to obtain contractors’ quotes,” he explains.
In addition to aesthetics, and style, personalities also have to be aligned.
“You are going into a project together that will last a few months, and it’s important that there is mutual respect and understanding,” says Twilhaar.