Things you should know about an interior designer!

Things you should know about an interior designer.  What are  differences between an interior designer and decorator? What are the differences? What to expect when working with an interior designer? What to expect when working with a decorator?

Interior designers are trained and educated professionals in the areas of interior design.  Interior designers specialize in residential, commercial, hospitality, and kitchen & bath. As a qualified professional interior designers pride themselves on our ability to create environments that enhance the beauty and function of you space.

Why hire an Interior Designer?

Qualified design professionals can offer a wide range of services and access to exclusive products often not available to the general public. Their training and experience can also help you to make wise decisions and avoid costly mistakes.

The following ranges of services are available to you:

  • Interior Design Consultation
  • Project Management
  • Space Planning
  • Virtual Interior Design
  • Paint and Color Selection
  • Fixture Specification
  • Accessory Installation
  • Contractor Management
  • Art Consultation
  • Furniture Selection
  • Custom Draperies/Window Coverings
  • Carpet/Area Rugs
  • Accessories
  • Wall coverings
  • Custom Bedding
  • Lighting
  • Floral and Plant Design

How do most Interior Designers charge for Design Services?

Fee structures for design service are usually arranged with the client once the scope of work has been established. Compensation is typically done in a combination of the following ways:

RETAINER: Most interior design firms require an initial retainer in the amount of $500, $1000 or $5000 in order for design work to begin. The range of the retainer will be determined by the interior designer and you after you discuss the scope of the project. An Interior Design team charges hourly for time as well.  Rates can range from $125 – $500 an hour depending on the project and the designer’s experience. You should receive bi-weekly statements keeping you posted on your account balance.

PURCHASES: As a design professional, interior designers will make every effort to find the best selections at the best value to our clients. Purchases are invoice at the interior designer’s best price plus 30%.

INITIAL CONSULTATION: Before beginning any project, a design team member will meet with you to discuss your needs and ideas. During the initial 1 hour consultation the interior designer  and you will decide the most cost effective way to work together. There is an initial consultation fee, typically billed at the hour rate which can range from $125.00 – $500.00 and if you choose, there will be no further obligation.

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