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Tuesday, 25 June 2013

How To Find A Good Home Interior Designer


First of all, many homeowners have a problem differentiating between a home interior designer and a home interior decorator. It’s not rare to find a homeowner inquiring about curtains and cushions from a home interior designer. Sometimes when you get a good home interior designer and ask them such a question, you may find them trying to explain the difference between the two professions. Nevertheless, not all home designers will help you with this information, some will take advantage of the situation while others will politely advice you on the matter. If you don’t know the difference, then you will find this article helpful.

Do not get mad at yourself for not understanding the difference between a home interior designer and a home interior decorator like most home owners. One of the things that make it difficult to differentiate the two professions is the numerous home make over programs being watched on T.V and other media that act under the interior design label. Furthermore, some decorators have changed their titles to home interior designers in order to tap into the market which is a noble idea for any business minded person. Here’s a guide to finding the best home interior designer and what to expect from him/her.

A Home interior designer should not be confused for a home interior decorator as decorators only work on the appearance of your property unlike home interior designers who will go deeper than that. Home interior design involves considering many things in the home area in order to ensure that your house works out for your needs. Home interior design doesn’t involve repainting and adding a couple of new finishes in the house, but rather focuses on how your property is planned and what can be done to improve it’s overall appearance to suit your needs.



A home interior designer can be described as a home interior architect and he should possess architectural skills which should allow him to work on your property keeping in mind major and minor structural changes and/or even building home extensions. Your average home interior decorator will work on the finishes, colors and furnishes while the home interior designer is in a position to work on this as well as alter a few structures to suit your style. In most cases, you will find that a good home interior designer will work on the layout of your home first before working on other things such as the finishes.

The home interior designer should work on all technical aspects of your house which include but not limited to ventilation, plumbing, heating lighting electrics and designers. He/ she will come up with various designs that can change your home and you have to look for the most suitable before giving him a green light to proceed with the project. Since many homeowners will only have basic information on how they would like to have their home to look like, it’s good to ensure that you try to give as much information to your home interior designer as possible. In this way, the designer is able to look at the main areas where change is required. It’s good to be as open as possible when discussing your preferred design because in the end of it all, you will either lose or win and the designer will go home with his check. If you are looking for a good home interior designer, then here is what you need to consider.

Always go for personal recommendations as they work out the best. A good interior designer will have a good portfolio and therefore will gain favor from many homeowners. Try to get information from your colleagues, friends and family members so that you can gauge which designer suits your needs. If someone is happy with the work of a designer, they will probably recommend him to you without any doubts. Make sure you choose a designer who is friendly and open to criticism in order for you to get the best results.

The internet is a good place to find reliable designers. Using a search engine, look for professional interior designers and view their portfolios and ratings. No need to mention that you need to look for designers close to where you live to minimize costs. Read through reviews from genuine clients and gauge each designer before contacting them. Home interior design blogs and forums also come in handy as most of the posts are unbiased and therefore helpful. Since I have already informed you about the difference between a home interior designer and a home interior decorator, do not be duped by decorators who don’t have enough knowledge of home design. Be careful with free offers as there is always a catch behind that.

A good home interior designer will be totally independent and shouldn’t be associated with any home furnishing company. Another place to look for a good and reliable home interior designer is at one of the professional bodies associated with home design. Here you will fond numerous designers and their contacts. The best thing with professional bodies is that most of them will vet home interiors designers before allowing them to become members. They ensure that every home interior designer is fully qualified and has the required skills to become a home interior designer. Most of these bodies will give you a professional profile for each designer or a link to their website where you can get more information.


If you are planning to build your first home, it’s good to ask your contractor for recommendations. Most building contractors will have contacts of home interior designers whom they work with regularly. Since your contractor wants you to get the best out of his services, he will obviously look for a great home interior designer for you. Finally, some of the qualities you need to look out for in a home interiors designer are the professional qualifications, experience, personality and his skill set. If you get one that you can get a long with easily, the better because you can chat over your project in a friendly way which will yield good results.


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