The first step for any interior design project is to contemplate what you want and need from your Palm Beach home, including what activities will take place and what type of image you want it to project. Once you have a basic concept, it’s time to search for designers whose work and credentials meet your needs. Ask people whose tastes and judgment you trust to suggest the names of designers you may want to interview. You can also visit the American Society of Interior Designers online at asid.org to find accredited designers in your area. Since you will be working closely with the designer, you’ll want someone who listens to your ideas and concerns, and makes appropriate decisions accordingly. Ask to see the designer’s portfolio, and request a list of relevant experience and client references. Be sure the designer has experience in the type and scale of project you are doing, and demonstrates creativity and talent.
5 QUESTIONS TO ASK YOU INTERIOR DESIGNER
1.) What education, training and interior design experience do you have? What are some of your professional affiliations?
2.) What services do you provide and what can be done to help me understand your design process?
3.) How long will it take to complete my project within my desired timetable?
4.) What steps will you take to gain an appreciation for my aesthetic ideals and lifestyle needs?
5.) How will you communicate concepts and help me better understand the design process? How will you articulate your ideas to help me visualize the finished product?
INTERIOR DESIGN ESSENTIALS
To ensure you home reflects your personality and Palm Beach lifestyle, make certain your interior designer understands your point of view. The more detailed you are, the better. Following are a few tips to consider.
Start a “Look Book”
This is a binder or folder of ideas. Tear out pictures of rooms, furniture, colors and fabrics that you like from magazines, and then share these with your designer.
Explain Your Daily Rituals
Do you throw your mail and keys down the minute you walk through the door? Do you enjoy your morning coffee on the patio? Do you entertain often? Answers to all these lifestyle questions can help a designer layout your furniture and accessories in a way that will suit your routine and make your home livable.
Form and Function
Your decor needs to be attractive and functional in order for you to be happy. The wear and tear of your daily living can strongly determine what fabrics and finishes your designer should select.
Abstracted from Luxe – Interiors and Design – AMERICAN SOCIETY OF INTERIOR DESIGNERS