Working With an Interior Designer
Want to hire an interior designer but find the process confusing or intimidating? We are here to help clear the way
An interior designer is the professional who will edit and make sense of your enthusiastic ideas and make a space go from bleh to top-notch.
Once you’ve narrowed down the designer or designers you’d like to work with, the first meeting is called. Expect to set aside 90 minutes to two hours for this and come with your ideas (or ideabooks) and floor plan (email or share this prior if possible) and how much you want to spend. Have a list of things you want to achieve even if it’s a very rough list as it is the springboard for your conversation with the interior designer.
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You will meet again in a week or two to go through the designer’s design proposal and costing. Some designers will also show mood boards and sketches. Mark Chen from the Artistroom includes four plans in his company’s design proposal: furniture layout, reflected ceiling plan. lighting plan and electrical plan (power points). “The ceiling plan should always complement the furniture layout plan as it will definitely affect the overall outcome of the design concept. When carefully planned, the ceiling design can also act as an invisible divider between two adjoining spaces,” he explains.
This will be a working meeting where ideas are discussed and deliberated upon and all the while, the designer will be refining the design concept as they gain better insights into your requirements, likes and dislikes.
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Majority of homeowners engage their interior designer to “design and build” which means the designer will plot and coordinate every stage of your project. Interior designers we spoke to prefer this to handing over the build to other contractors or the homeowner to coordinate. Collectively, they cite responsibility and accuracy as the reasons. Hiccups along the way are inevitable and because designers have information on what things cost at their fingertips, they can work out solutions quickly for you. Their industry connections are also invaluable in material, fixture and furniture sourcing.
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