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Plan your interiors, professionally

Saturday, February 17, 2018

The magic behind interior design lies in the raw creativity and collaboration between the designer and client. But without resources for bringing those ideas to life, they’re utterly useless. Sangram Bhoite tells you more

The biggest, most beautiful places in the world most likely had equally great plans for building them.

Many people question the necessity of hiring professional help with the interiors of their homes, as they feel it is their own personal space and don’t want someone else dictating the atmosphere and ambience. This is a totally outdated notion. A good interior designer will be able to translate the client’s needs and feelings into a space that accurately reflects their personality. Hiring an Interior Designer is a very important decision. This person will help you design a home to match your lifestyle so they must understand you, your budget, and your vision. On top of that, they need to be reputable, and reliable. Interior Designers come a dime a dozen, but not all are equal or a good match for your needs and personality.

Research Before Hiring Designer
The basics are choosing the right interior design professionals, establishing a budget, outlining the details of the contract, keeping in mind the preferred lifestyle and communicating personal needs. Using a designer gives your project an edge as they have a basic foundation of concepts in a variety of styles that range from traditional, contemporary, ethnic, art deco, eclectic—or a combination of these.

All things considered, not every interior designer’s talent is right for every project. As with every profession, designers tend to develop personal styles that carry over into their projects. It is a matter of shopping around and then pinpointing what is the feature that appeals in any one design. It could be a sense of clarity and order you see in the furniture arrangements, or maybe a color palette used in a unique way. It could be modern touches worked seamlessly into a roomful of antiques, or the interesting textures of fabrics.

Work On Your Budget
Establishing a budget by checking out the items you NEED is important. Whether online or in the store, to understand what things cost. Keep in mind that the source for pricing things out determines the level you are seeking. You decide the level of product that your home deserves without exceeding the value of your home.

No matter what the amount, your interior designer should help you get the best value and the highest quality possible. Be wary of those who summarily dismisses your grand ideas based on budget alone. A first-rate designer will be on the client’s side and will work hard to achieve key design goals in whatever way possible, perhaps by spreading the job out over time or suggesting alternative solutions for your project. A great benefit of using a professional interior designer is that they have access to materials not so easily available to the general public, so no matter what your budget, your home will feel unique. Your designer will also manage the entire process, whether it involves space planning, lighting design, purchasing, ordering, selecting finishes or monitoring the construction and installation of the project elements.

Wish list is must
A designer works best when the client shares their “wish list,” expresses ideas, and then keeps an open mind. That means communicating how they want to live in the space and then entrusting the designer to make it happen. After all, hiring the designer was aimed at gaining from the experience, talent and vision they bring to the project. There may be areas where the designer will suggest or recommend, but it is up to the paying customer to accept or reject the idea. Ideally, the technical side should be left to the designer with the client giving inputs on how and where things can be placed and worked out. Contrary to well entrenched notions that designers admonish clients for questioning their plans they understand that you’re the person who ultimately needs to love the space.

Designer’s Agreement / contract
There is a lot of money involved in this process, so it is imperative to have both parties sign a Letter of Agreement or an Interior Design contract. Make sure you read and sign an official contract before any money exchanges hands or work begins. In addition to the legal aspects, a contract summarises the plans you’ve been discussing such as your budget, design fees, accountability regarding subcontractors like the painters, electrician ect. There will be areas of conflict, especially regarding time lag and scheduling. All of this will be easier to accept when there is some kind of framework wherein all participants know the maximum leeway. A business arrangement even among family or friends is the best course.

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