You Hired an Interior Designer. Now What? Here's How to Keep Things Simple!

photography by Lisa Russman

You know you want to make changes to your existing living space. You’re not sure where to start and are beginning to feel buried under all the paint, fabric, tile, and accessory options, so you decided to hire an interior designer to help you figure it all out. Here are a few next steps you can take to keep things simple and allow your designer to guide you through the process of redesigning a space you love.

Get to know each other
Your interior-design professional will want to gather information about you and your lifestyle before getting started. We suggest taking the time to meet with them in your space and answer some key questions:

  • What is your budget?
  • Which rooms are you focusing on?
  • Who lives in or uses the space?
  • Do you have pets?
  • What kind of décor do you enjoy?
  • How do you plan to utilize the space you are decorating?
  • How much time do you spend at home?

Once armed with your answers, the designer can create a space that is personalized and functional.

Take time to plan your space layout
We know you’re anxious to get started on your project, but space planning is essential, and you should be prepared to spend most of your time in this phase. Skipping this step would be like giving a clumsy toddler a sippy cup without a lid—a messy disaster!

An experienced interior designer will look at your current floor plan and help you determine if any construction needs to take place to make your space functional. Do you have an older home with an awkward layout that may require wall removal? Is there a supporting beam or post that needs to be worked around?

Having a plan to overcome these challenges will help keep the overall project running smoothly. Your designer will present options to you through the use of sketches and digital renderings. Be sure to go through as many rounds of revisions as you need to get the space right. And do not forget to take before pictures.

Let the creative juices flow
Once you have approved your space plan, let your design professional do what they do best. Design! Interior designers are well-versed in design styles, current trends, and the best materials available to fit your budget.

This is the fun and exciting stop of the interior-design process. Trusting your designer to run with your ideas will keep things simple for you. They will do the complicated work of bringing your vision to life and providing a tactile presentation to help you imagine what your space will become. Expect to be dazzled with material boards, fabric swatches, paint samples, art, and accessories such as soft pillows and textured vases.

Watch it all come together
Once you have approved the space and design plans, it is time for the project to come to life.

After construction is completed, your designer will guide you through selecting new furniture, choosing textiles such as area rugs and curtains, finding the right lighting solutions, and obtaining accessories.

Finally, they will set up your new space for you so you can sit back and watch it all come together—you know, everyone’s favorite part of the HGTV show!