It is important to find a designer who understands and appreciates your taste.
IT'S LIKE A PUZZLE, BUT WHEN IT COMES TOGETHER IT MAKES SENSE.
When it comes to styling your home, there seems to be an enormous pressure to get things perfect the first time. You feel like the world is watching and everything is riding on what your friends and family will say on their first visit to your newly decorated abode.
Stop. Right. There.
It’s easy to get wrapped up in the thoughts and opinions of relatives and loved ones. Their constant input can be draining, and in an effort to stop the flow of suggestions, you may end up going with what they want rather than what you want.
Don’t fall into that trap. To be able to properly relax and unwind, it’s imperative you make your home your own. Yves Saint-Laurent is famous for many reasons, but one of the best things he’s known for is the phrase ‘Fashions fade, style is eternal.’
Live your life by this rule and you’ll create a space that defies time and reflects who you are as a person. Each individual has their own creative style when it comes to interior design. We all know what we like and dislike (that’s the easy bit), but when faced with lots of stuff we want, it’s easy to get lost.
This is where an interior design guru comes in.
Finding someone who understands your tastes is the most essential part of choosing your interior designer. They are an extension of your heart and soul, bringing your ideas and style to light. So, here’s how to find the right interior design guru for you.
Designer Tip 1
IT'S NOT FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED!
Don’t settle on the first designer you find. Look around, talk shop with multiple designers, see if their personality fits yours, and choose whoever is most likely to deliver on your ideas.
Designer Tip 2
You may have heard the famous saying, ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day’, and neither should your home, so take your time.
Accumulate decor, fabrics and colour swatches and see what works best for you. Don’t rush into a set colour scheme or theme straight away, as you’re likely to change your mind and then be stuck with your impulse decision.
Designer Tip 3
Visit blogs, Pinterest boards and interior magazines to discover the style you would like to emulate. If you want something more personal, start a scrapbook of your favourite items, colours and decor to give your designer a good idea of what you’re looking for.
Research designers through their websites, social media and reviews from previous clients to determine their professionalism, customer satisfaction and work ethic.
Designer Tip 4
When looking for an interior designer, always ensure they have a qualification and have a look at some of their previous projects. Qualifications play an important role in getting the technicalities right!
Trust me you need someone who knows what they are doing!
Designer Tip 5
Heaven forbid you’ll ever need it, but always ensure either you or your designer is covered for every eventuality. The last thing you need is the project being left incomplete and you living in a mess with no means of getting another designer in. So make sure the contracts are signed and in place before you begin any site work.
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