Selecting an interior designer for your space doesn’t have to be a difficult choice. Although it can be hard to tell if a designer will be great to work with upon first meeting them, there are a few traits or skills you can look for. From a top firm of interior designers in Hertfordshire, here are M&Y Interiors’ traits to look for when hiring an interior designer.
Creativity and Attention to Detail
Interior design is an artistic profession, requiring a healthy dose of creativity and ingenuity. Any interior designer you hire should, therefore, have a demonstrated flair for the imaginative. You can easily find examples of this talent in their previous work – so always ask to scope out their portfolio before hiring.
A good interior designer should also pore over the details of their design projects. Design is all about detail. A designer who spots little things that you don’t or who double and triple checks the finer points of their design project is a designer you’ll want to hire.
Familiarity with Computer Assisted Design
Most people today think interior designers still sketch by hand. While this true, many designers also use software or computer-assisted design to draw mock-ups and make models. In practice, being adept at both sketching and computer modelling is the sign of a good designer. It means they can improvise a concise sketch on-site (a sign of quick thinking skills) or create a realistic model to help their clients visualise their design.
Good communication with your designer is essential. A designer who doesn’t keep you updated on the project or only contacts you every so often can be infuriating to work with. If you’re giving over your space to the designer, putting it in their hands, then you should expect clear and consistent communication on what’s happening with the project.
That includes if there are design or budget problems. A designer who doesn’t pipe up when something goes wrong isn’t just a bad designer, they’re a bad project collaborator in general. Insist on frequent communication with your interior designer upfront, saying how many updates you expect from them.
Project Management Skills
Communication goes hand-in-hand with project management skills. Often, a design project requires collaboration from several different specialists, like contractors, structural engineers, or architects. There might even be teams of these professionals working on the same plan.
Often, it’s up to the designer to manage everyone’s tasks and make sure the project timeline is on track. This occurs more often in residential design, with freelance interior designers or small firms. Corporate design companies may have a dedicated project manager for this role. If there’s no project manager though, it usually falls to the interior designer in home design projects. If that’s the case, you want someone who’s organised, efficient, and communicative.
Planning and Vision
Planning can refer to both project management skills and creative planning. A good interior designer will be able to visualise their design in a space. They should have a keen sense of spatial awareness and space planning, with attention to the room’s function and overall ambience.
This is more than just creating a drawing of the room – they should be able to factor in the angle of the ceilings or how the room might change with natural light. Furthermore, a good sense of vision is worthless if the designer can’t render their visualisation with the client.
Working with a client, in any profession, requires a degree of flexibility. The designer should be able to adapt to your needs and be willing to change things if you request it. They will have their own sense of style, of course, but that doesn’t mean you don’t get a say in how your space turns out!
Client-based work like this also means meeting with your designer on-site, sometimes after working hours. Most interior designers are aware of the time constraints placed on them when they go into this business. They should be able to meet you at the design site, as travelling is a necessary part of the job.
Most interior designers work with a budget you give them. They may be able to sketch out a preliminary design first, to give you an estimate of what their idea will cost. After the budget is established, however, they should stick to it. Good designers will know how to work within budget restrictions while still producing an exquisite design for their clients.
In most situations, working with an interior designer is the best way to redesign your home or office. It’s important, though, to hire the right designer. We value these traits highly and aim to ensure our clients have the best experience when working with us. When you hire your interior designer, these are traits you should look for too.