Featured Photo: Interior Design by Otrada Design LLC, Photography by Raif Fluker Photography
Have you ever found yourself overwhelmed with all of the options and choices you have when it comes to your home? Or maybe, you just don’t have an eye for design and you’re struggling to find your home’s aesthetic. You’re not alone. An interior designer can help you design or redesign any space in your home, assist with renovations, and can even partner with your builder and architect to create something custom that fits your lifestyle and design aesthetic. With services ranging from expert advice to actual implementation, an interior designer provides a great skillset when it comes to what can be done inside your home.
The good news? You can find an interior designer to achieve any style and can work with all budgets, as most are capable of working with a wide range of design trends and styles. The even better news? You can find the match made in heaven with The Alliance of Interior Designers here in the Raleigh-Durham area. Whether you’re looking for a professional in the area to help style your home, or you yourself are an interior designer, this non-profit professional organization serving the working interior designers of the Raleigh, Triangle area. Members work together to exemplify integrity and design excellence through learning, networking, and support. Use the following tips to find the perfect designer for your Raleigh home!
The first step in selecting an interior designer is identifying your style and inspiration. You’ll need to know what you want, have a solid number of what your budget is, and the amount of time you are willing to set aside for your project. If you have no set idea of the type of design you like, you can find inspiration that speaks to you and your family by doing some of the following:
- Consult magazines such as New Homes & Ideas Magazine, Southern Living, or websites such as Houzz or Pinterest to find something that sparks your interest.
- Visit model homes or designer home shows in your area. If you like what you see, ask for the name of the interior designer. Especially with new homes, all use reputable designers for their models.
- If a friend or a family member has a home with a great home you love, ask for a referral.
- Find interior designers through professional organizations like The Alliance of Interior Designers.
When it comes time to work with someone, you’ll want to have a firm grasp on your personal style or the colors and designs that attract you in order to have a productive consultation with an interior designer. The best way to showcase this is with the inspiration photos you’ve collected. Once you’ve narrowed down your list to several finalists, schedule meetings with each. We recommend talking with professionals to make sure you can see yourself working with this person. During this meeting, make sure you love their aesthetic and also make sure to get a feel for how they approach projects, understand your vision, stay organized, and how familiar and connected they are with the vendors in the Triangle area. Also, you might want to use some of the following questions to help you in your search:
- What design services are offered? Not every designer provides the same services such as site measurement, concepting, space planning, or maybe even purchasing.
- How do you decide which projects are a good fit for you?
- Who will be working on my project? Some designers take a team approach, while others prefer to work alone.
- How much client involvement do you prefer?
- How do you and your team stay organized?
- How do you typically communicate and collaborate with builders?
- Where do you get your inspiration? What are some of the elements that define your style?
- How do you plan to prioritize my budget throughout the project?
When interviewing your final candidates, don’t forget to ask for references. The process of working with an interior designer is fun and exciting, so make sure you allow yourself to feel the joy that comes along with this project! For more new home advice, don’t forget to visit our blog.