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EVERYONE is an Interior Designer - how do you find one that knows their stuff?


It seems like everyone these days is calling themselves a decorator or interior designer. But how do you separate the best from the rest? Often your designers vast experience is what you capitalise on....always find out if he/she has plenty of design time up their sleeve. Naturally formal qualifications are important too; be sure that your design advice is coming from a solid background of knowledge and experience. Here's a few thought provoking ideas for those of you who might be considering the services of a designer. Understand what your professional designer does to make the service worthwhile...

1. THEY IDENTIFY AND RESPOND TO DESIGN OPPORTUNITIES

Sometimes the best plan is to be open to change the plan. Decision making can sometimes limit the final result. Designers will point out opportunities and give you choices then work with you to pull it all together.

2. THEY FOCUS ON THE BIG PICTURE AS MUCH AS THE DETAILS

Design is really about understanding a problem, or a goal. Then it’s about testing the solutions, and refining the options to find the most appropriate solution.

A good interior designer will balance the detail while still keeping their eyes on the big picture.

Perfection is a series of small things done really well. So the designer and client need to keep their “eyes on the prize”.

3. THEY GET ALL UP IN YOUR GRILL – BUT IN A GOOD WAY

A good interior designer will invade your personal spaces a bit... trying to figure out not only what you think you want but also what you need. Its important that your designer gets to know you and personalize each project to each clients own needs.

We negotiate the various ideas and merge them into harmony. Sometimes, with respect, I will set the client’s brief aside, and check what is good for the space, room, or overall house. (Sometimes, unwittingly, clients ask for something that may not be ideal for the space.)

4. THEY MAKE YOU A BRAVER DECORATOR THAN YOU’D EVER BE WITHOUT THEIR HELP!

A designer is part cheerleader, part motivational coach. We encourage our clients to be brave and question conventional thinking. The goal is to achieve a personal space that’s perfect for how YOU live. It isn’t about recreating a space you saw in a magazine

5. THEY CAN SEE INTO THE FUTURE.

A designer is part clairvoyant. They see things that aren’t there… yet! They see the all the possibilities and have a good idea of current styles, what's now and what's going to date more quickly.

6. THEY KNOW A GOOD KITCHEN DESIGN CATERS TO THE PERSON WHO USES IT

This may seem obvious but you’d be surprised how many people don’t consider the end user. Is your kitchen for an investment property or for a family home? Is yours a “family roast” kind of kitchen, or a “toast and Berocca” galley?

Is your kitchen about producing comfort food, cupcakes, or fine dining? The bachelor’s kitchen might be fun and glam but it’s the kitchen you have when you’re not really cooking. He needs a turbo coffee machine, a microwave, and some serious gas for the stir-fry.

To design the perfect kitchen you need to think about what you’re cooking. Also, how do the chefs work in your kitchen? These things determine how much space you need to pass each other, what size appliances, and how much storage is required, and how to arrange the floor plan. Practicality has to be a high priority.

7. THEY HELP YOU DESIGN A HOME TO SUIT YOUR FAMILY NOW – AND IN THE FUTURE

Interior designers get to know the needs of your family now and in the future. They help you design and organise your home life around who you are and how you like to live, and what you do.

They understand that you need to make the build