Today I want to talk a little bit about what it takes to find a good interior design firm. Now I know what you’re asking yourself. What qualifies this guy to tell me how to choose an interior designer? The truth is I’ve worked with some of the top design firms and I know how they treat their clients. I’ve also seen some disastrous results when people have chosen the wrong firm. And now one of the things you’ll love the most. Since I am not a designer I have no underlined reason for blogging about this.
Finding the right designer can be almost like finding the right partner unless you believe in the opposites attract philosophy. I mean if you love French Country and the designer loves more of a modern feel you might be butting heads a little too much. So before you go into a project you might want to pick up your current Traditional Home Magazine, House Beautiful and/or Architectural Digest. Now for me this is a great place to start. It gives you a feel of the hot designers and also the type of look you’re going for with your project. You also need to be aware that these designers tend to be the best of the best. When I say best of the best that means they can be very expensive. Now most of us are not carrying the type of wallet Kim Kardashian is. So what do we do?
For me at this point you thumb through Pinterest, Houzz and maybe even Instagram. I would say make a list of maybe 10 to 20 designers that match the quality and look you’re going for. I always say a good measure of a designer is if they are in sync with their audience. How do we determine this? The amount of comments and chatter on their social media accounts. The more time a designer spends with her social media and their audience specifically always means better communication.
Then my next step would be to go over the website. Make sure some of their portfolio on their website matches the style you’re looking for. I love designers who have their own blog. It gives me a feel for who they are. Now if they write a blog once every three months this might be a red flag. From there I would type in the designers name in Google and the word reviews and then complaints. From there I would head over to the Better Business Bureau and look them up. My guess is that list of 10 to 20 will be down to about 2 or 3. The next step for me would be to call the designer and see how long it takes to actually get in touch with that designer. I don’t mean how to get in touch with their personal assistant, but to actually talk to that designer. If the fit is there you will know right away. Then last and certainly not least, when you meet with the designer person see how they carry themselves and their level of professionalism.
One of the things about this blog that I do love is that I get to choose the content. I will say this right now. Every designer that I’ve interviewed on this website design is her passion and they love and respect their audience. Personally I would never promote a designer that didn’t respect their craft or their audience. Many of my interviews were geared to showcase some of the best designers in the world. Why not see if the fit is there? The visuals in this post are from some of the designers I’ve interviewed. Check them out and maybe you’ll find your dream designer.