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Choosing an Interior Designer

publication date: Sep 11, 2013
author/source: Kate Faulkner, Property Expert and Author of Which? Property Books

How to Choose an Interior Designer

Most people think interior designers are for people who are well off and have huge homes with lots of money to spend. This isn’t actually true. A good interior designer will come and visit you to discuss your ideas for around £50 and then cost just a few hundred pounds to come up with some ideas. 

Interior XXX This kind of professional help can actually end up saving you money in the long run too by cutting down the mistakes you would have made if you did it on your own. 

A good interior designer will, at the start, spend most of their time listening to what it is you want to achieve. What kind of look do you want? What budget do you have to spend? How do you and your family use the rooms you want to re-design? 

They should give you some good ideas there and then but also help you to understand what they can do for you and a lot of this will depend on how clear you are with them. 

A good way to help explain the type of look and feel you are after is to buy some home magazines and then create a ‘board’ (a bit like a collage),one with all the things you like and one with all the things you don’t like. This means they can get a sense of the type of colour, furniture, fixtures and fittings you like. 

Once you have created this kind of ‘mood board’ you can select three interior designers and invite them round to give you some advice. The good ones who are well established locally are likely to ask for around £50-£100 up front, but they will deduct this money from their final bill if they get the job. 

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Many good interior designers will also be able to secure you curtains, furniture, carpets and tradesmen at a cost you couldn’t do yourself, so although you may end up spending a few hundred pounds initially, and money on getting the work done, the cost of the interior designer can be reduced through their contacts and better deals they can secure. 

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