Interior designers make interior spaces functional, safe, and attractive by defining space requirements and selecting the right decorative items, such as colors, lighting, and materials.
One of the most challenging parts of the job as an Interior Designer is to manage client expectations.
Every client has their own understanding of how much a product should cost, how long a project should take and how much involvement is required from them, which at times makes it really testing for the designer to balance it with the actual factors involved.
While finalizing on the interior designer of your choice, there are certain factors that you need to be sure about,
For instance ‘Do you want the designer to make majority of the choices, or are they just there to help and guide you for the choices you already have in mind’?
Or ‘Do you have very distinct ideas that you want to be incorporated in the design or are you looking at concept drawings?’
You have to be very clear, but, if you do not know what you want that’s ok; they will surely help by determining a scope of work that clearly outlines that is responsible for what basis your requirements.
Below are some of the basic yet significant characteristics we should look for while deciding the ideal interior designer:
- Artistic Aptitude: Interior designers use their sense of style, to develop designs that look great and are aesthetically pleasing
- Creativity: Interior designers need to be imaginative in selecting furnishings and fabrics and in crafting spaces that serve the client’s needs reflecting their lifestyle
- Interpersonal Skills: Interior designers need to be able to communicate effectively with their clients
- Problem-Solving Skills: Interior designers must address challenges, such as construction delays, high cost or sudden unavailability of certain materials, while considering the time and budget for completion of the project
- Visualization: Interior designers need a strong sense of visual awareness, to understand how pieces of a design will fit together to form the intended interior environment
While keeping all the above facts in mind, you need to be very clear about how much would be your involvement, ‘Do you want to be included in the process or do you believe that hiring a professional means a hands off approach for you and that you are responsible for final decisions only?’
Basis the answer to this question, you will have to set expectations with the designer and explain to him/ her, what are you exactly looking for.
Sometimes we feel a little awkward when it comes to asking preciselywhat we want. It can feel demanding or you could be concerned regarding the other parties reaction; but it'll be so much better for the relationship as well as the project.
If you are clear about your expectations at every point during the project.
However, be decisive, make a decision quickly and stick to it.
If you wait too long to communicate with your designer, memories fade and new expectations arise.
To give you a better understanding of the categories of designers, following are examples of types of interior designers:
- Sustainable designers: They use approaches to improve energy, water efficiencies and indoor air quality, and they specify environmentally preferable products
- Universal designers: These designers renovate spaces in order to make them more accessible. Often, these designs are used to renovate spaces for various people with similar needs but varying expectations
- Kitchen and bath designers: They specialize in kitchens and bathrooms and have expert knowledge of the variety of cabinets, fixtures, appliances, plumbing, and electrical solutions for these spaces
- Corporate designers: They create interior designs for professional workplaces from small office settings to large-scale corporations within high-rise buildings.
They focus on creating spaces that are efficient, functional, and safe for employees. They incorporate design elements that reflect a company’s brand in their designs