- Have you used an interior designer before?
- Would you ever engage the services of one?
- Why do you need to use a designer?
- When should you engage the services of one?
- What are the benefits to you?
- What, if any, are the negatives?
Professional Interior Designers
As an interior designer & colour consultant, I often meet people who have design questions and are looking for someone to help them resolve issues within their home or work place but they don’t necessarily think that they need to, or want to, involve a design professional. As we are all doing different jobs and have different expertise, it makes sense that we can’t do or know it all. Generally, we wouldn’t hesitate to ask advice from a pharmacist, a plumber or electrician, or to engage a personal trainer to get fit, so then why is it so hard to engage the services of a design professional?
Well, for one, it is an extremely private area of our lives that we are asking someone to enter into. To invite someone into your home requires a certain amount of trust & confidence. Also, the perception is that anything to do with design or home renovations immediately means a lot of money. Of course, money will be required but how much is entirely down to you, the client, and your individual needs.
Here are some of the reasons why people may feel nervous about utilising the services of an interior designer or think that it is a waste of money…
- Too expensive
- Too invasive
- They will force a design I don’t want upon me
- They will make my home not my own
- It’s all about up-selling
- They will take over and run the project
- It’s just a matter of shopping, therefore, why should I pay someone to do this for me?
To reassure you, a good designer will listen to you and your requirements and will tailor-make their service to meet your particular needs. As the client, it is up to you to set the parameters. A good design professional will be there to follow your lead and will offer their expertise to help resolve your personal situation. This should prevent any negatives being experienced.
Why use an Interior Designer & Hiring an Interior Design Professional
Some of the benefits:
- Utilising the expertise of a designer can help you save time & money, especially if they are engaged at the start of the project.
- They can help by doing the running around, sourcing & organising.
- They can help you really understand what can be achieved in your particular space.
- They can help you work out your likes & dislikes & to find common ground when several people are involved.
- They can guide you in the management of the project without taking over.
- They can take on the project & manage it for you completely, if you feel you need that support.
- They have expertise & experience that they can share to help prevent mistakes being made at the start of a project.
- They can bring an element of creativity and inspiration to your project that you, your architect or builder might not have thought of.
- They can help you make that difficult choice & commit to a decision.
Remember, if it were easy, then everyone would be doing it for themselves. Choosing between products, pulling together an interior decor scheme that flows, spending your hard earned savings and trying to please others can be overwhelming. Having an objective professional in your corner can help keep you on track & breathe!
A sample of the questions that, as a designer, I would ask you at the start would be:
- Why do you want a designer?
- Who is the design for?
- What do you need to achieve?
- What is your time frame?
- What is your proposed budget?
- How much are you prepared to do for yourself?
My job as a designer is to meet with you, have an opportunity to build a rapport, to ask questions in order to get to the bottom of what you are trying to achieve and to listen to your individual needs, likes & dislikes. Once I have built up a personal picture with you, then I can start to design with you and for you. It is a joint venture. All designers have different areas of expertise and different strengths. With the client’s best interests in mind, a good designer will know when to work with others who have the expertise they might not have themselves, in order to deliver the full requirement.
What should you expect from a designer?
In short, you should expect honesty, diligence, and attention to detail, inspiration, creativity, solutions, and good communication and follow up. It becomes a personal working relationship and, therefore, you have to like your designer as a person and you have to want to work with that designer, in order to achieve what is right for you.
Having your home or office space redecorated or renovated should be a positive experience. In reality, there are always hiccups encountered. You learn to expect the unexpected. Things can and often do go wrong when it comes to building and decorating. The most important thing you need from your professionals is care and the desire to resolve the problem as quickly and as efficiently as possible.
We have to earn your trust but equally you have to work with us to ensure that we deliver what it is that you are wanting. It is very much a collaborative process.
We are full members of the BIID (British Institute of Interior Design), and the regulatory body for Interior Designers in the UK, gives you the reassurance.
In addition to rigorous entry requirements, which assess training, experience and professionalism, the Institute requires members to continue their professional development throughout their career, ensuring their expertise in the design process, practice and regulatory matters remains relevant and up to date.
- Members of the BIID are required to have a written contract with their clients, in the best interest of both parties, and to carry Professional Indemnity Insurance.
Chameleon Designs always ensure that the skeleton of the building is in good shape before dressing it. Collaboration with the on-site team is essential so site visits by Emile Azan or one of the team from Chameleon Designs are frequent and every detail of a completed project is quality checked before we hand it over to the client as the finished product, their home or commercial space.