S o you’ve decided to work with an interior designer, good move! That means you already know the benefits of hiring an interior designer...that they will greatly improve your quality of life and enhance your home’s value by updating, upgrading, and transforming your spaces. They will save you vast amounts of time, money, and stress by helping you to navigate the multitude of design decisions and help you to avoid costly mistakes. To ensure you develop the most positive and productive relationship with your interior designer, I’ve created an important series of posts revealing the most important aspects on how to work with your designer. In this post, I focus on the essential topic of trust, with the 5 key things to know for a great and enduring working relationship!
Your interior designer will be in charge of the look, flow, and quality of one of your most important and treasured investments. So, you’ll need to trust that they will make the hundreds of detailed decisions that goes into the home design process correctly and to your liking. You’ll need to trust that they have the experience and design knowledge to answer and resolve the design questions and challenges that arise during a project expertly and efficiently. You’ll need to trust that they’ll work seamlessly and professionally with your design team, and also bill you appropriately and to the terms of your agreement. That’s a whole lot of trust going on!
When it comes to the billing and purchasing, if you’ve done your homework and asked lots of good questions upfront, you shouldn’t experience any billing surprises. To uncover the key questions to ask a prospective designer during your interview, please read my incredibly insightful post on How to Work With an Interior Designer – The Interview. Understanding how your designer will charge you and how much their fees are is a crucial step in setting the stage for a long lasting and trusting relationship.
I also must note…like with any good relationship, trust works both ways! Your designer also needs to trust you’ll keep your end of the agreement too. For example, if you’ve agreed to have your designer do all the purchasing for your home and you start to make a bunch of purchases, this could create tension in your relationship. Or, if you don’t take your designer’s design advice, second guess them, or overrule them without a discussion first, it’s sure to cause friction. To avoid these detrimental pitfalls, I’ve put together these 5 key points for you to consider when working with your interior designer to ensure you have a great design experience that surpasses your expectations:
I hope you found this post helpful! I’d love to hear about your interior design experiences, thoughts, or relevant questions in the comment box below ☺