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Effectively communicating your ideas and thoughts is extremely essential while working with an interior designer. This is simply because, you are the one who lives with the outcome of what your interior designer makes for you for at least quite some time. Choosing a good interior designer helps you in following a step-by-step process to create a plan that fits your budget.

Here are some of the most commonly made mistakes that one should avoid while hiring and working with interior designers.


Incomplete Background Check – Missing out on References and Qualifications

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Deciding on the interior designer is certainly more than just picking up a name from a website or from the contact list of the phone. Carrying out a thorough research to find well-qualified interior designers for revamping your home is extremely important. Getting started with a generic search around designers in your community or locality followed by the process of filtering out those who have had obvious issues and lack relevant experience can be helpful.

Seeking family and friends for recommendations always makes a good start. But, what always helps you is, verification from your end and cross checking the references list and qualification details provided by them. Once you get convinced with their background and know that the references list provided by them are of completely satisfied customers, you can still ask a few relevant questions about the budget they worked upon and how long they took to complete the task is also a logical step.


Hiring a Designer Merely on their Interview Performance

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There are several average interior designers who are capable of showcasing themselves well and might just sound exceptional during the interview. When you make a personal connection with them the chances are that you might not check their authenticity. Hiring the first designer who left you with a positive vibe after talking can later turn out to be a bad decision. Remember that you will be closely working with this person in the days that follow to redesign your interiors. Hence, make it a point to interview all possible qualified candidates from your narrowed list before making a decision.

Being Open about the Budget is also Important

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While working with interior designers, it is always about being accurate about the budget. Some interior designers generally end up using all your budget. Hence, quoting forthright about what you actually have allocated, increases the chances of better job without tearing your budget. You can also look at the internet for good deals. For example, buying certain furniture online can be a good option not just in terms of the budget but also due to a variety of available options.


Unreasonable Expectations Will Leave You Unhappy

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One of the most important thing that most home owners and interior designers fear is that the modification just do not meet the expectations. Although minor aspects can be corrected here and there, there is hardly anything that can be done when it comes to unrealistic expectations. These expectations come from the desire to start afresh with a new design by shaking things up completely. Unless your home is fully torn down with a new one replacing it, you will always see some reminders of the old design. Hence, it is good to set realistic expectation by working with your designers rather than getting disappointed with the end results.


Trust Your Designer and Give them Some Scope for Creativity

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Best designers are highly skilled professionals having years of experience in revolutionizing the way living areas look. This certainly means that they require some leeway to showcase and implement their talent for a better interior. If not, you might end up consuming a lot of their time and do all the effort yourself, which can lead to far worse result than you expected. Interior designers can evaluate and understand what works and what does not for your house. So letting them express their concerns and ideas about the alterations you would want to make can yield better results. The best part about talented designers is that they can easily visualize all the changes recommended by you, which is a difficult task for you. This simply means that if you have hired the best designers then you should allow them to flex their creative muscles.


You Remained Stubborn

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This mainly happens when you have decided an extremely specific look for your home, which might require structural changes. It is difficult to accurately duplicate the structural changes. For instance, you might end up liking an apartment living room design elsewhere and plan to duplicate the same for your home. This can get hassle some as it involves structural differences, which will not get exactly replicated in every detail even after tearing up your budget. In such cases, it is always wise to be a little flexible and understand that the exact structural changes cannot be achieved.


You Could Not Find a Place to Stay while Remodeling Your Home

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Unless the changes you are opting for are extremely minimal, it is always better to stay at a different place while you are getting a reinstalling or remodeling done. The chances of your home getting torn up during the process is high and you might have to make bigger adjustments, which might impact your routine life. Planning a vacation depending on the duration of your remodeling can be a wise move. If you cannot afford a vacation you can visit your long lost friends or families during this time. You can ask for videos and photos to keep a constant check during renovation.


Avoiding these seven most commonly made mistakes will make your experience with interior designers a pleasant and also get the desired results, or even surpass your expectations at times.


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Hello, my wonderful friends!

How are you doing? Did you have a good weekend? I am still fighting a stubborn flu and, after trying everything I could at home, I’ve decided to see a doctor today. I am having trouble breathing properly and I can barely sleep during the night. I honestly can’t wait to feel like myself again. It’s only when you feel bad that you tend to appreciate how great it is when you’re healthy, isn’t it? So, if you’re feeling good today, make sure to take a minute to feel thankful for that. 🙂

Did you enjoy reading this post? I have many readers approaching me to help designing their home and I love when my clients are readers of the blog. Most of you know I offer an online interior design service for several years now. This service is excellent because I can help my clients from anywhere in the world. Right now, I am happy to be designing a lake cottage in Ontario and this is the only thing that is helping me to keep busy and forget for a while about this flu. My clients are the best people you could ask to work with and it’s being a true pleasure to work with them. I am sure I will be able to show you more details and pictures when I’m done with the project and we start working on it in the spring.

Talking about interior designers, I would love to hear more about your experience with them. Have you ever hired a designer? How was it for you? If you haven’t yet, let me know what you would be looking on a designer should you have to hire one.

I hope you all have a Blessed week with lots of great surprises and plenty of health!

We’ll talk again tomorrow.

with Love,

Luciane from HomeBunch.com

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  1. Design Chic said,

    So many great tips, Luciane – love trust your designer. So often, their ideas are what you love the most but fear prevents you from implementing them. Hope you’re having a great start to your week!

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