Here are my tips for working with an Interior Designer:
4. But remember, you hired a professional. Our job as professionals is to take your ideas and make them more...and that means that your designer is going to present options to you that you've probably never seen, didn't previously know were possible or hadn't thought of on your own. As a professional, your designer has some foresight and vision (especially with regard to the design process) that you don't have, so it's important that you give them some space to work their design magic. A common complaint I hear? Many clients are still afraid of wallpaper, due to the lingering effects of being visually assaulted by Grandma Josephine's wallpaper as a child. Wallpaper isn't hard to remove (if the wall is primed first) and there are SO many options on the market (especially to the trade) that it's almost guaranteed that there will be something you'll like. Keep an open mind and let your designer present options that take you out of your comfort zone a bit...after all, if you could design the whole thing yourself, what's the point in hiring a designer??
5. Have patience. Remember, this is your designer's profession so they know all about change orders, back orders, discontinued stock, items that arrive broken, unavailable contractors and the whole list of things that potentially go wrong--and often times do--on a job site or in context to a design project. There are so many components to a design project and the majority of them are not controlled by your designer, so have patience. A good designer will manage your expectations and keep their own emotions in check as well. Don't get upset if your designer doesn't mirror your anxiety-ridden state--we know better than anyone that replacements can be shipped, fabric will eventually arrive (or a suitable replacement can be found) and changes are a part of the process so if your designer appears too calm, it's because they know it will all be okay in the end. Trust, believe & have patience.
6. Be realistic about your budget. Most consumers seem to be aware of this now, but real life design is much different than TV design. This means that the complete kitchen renovation you saw on TV for $4000 is NOT going to happen in your home when you hire a designer...unless you're cast on a TV show. Trust that your designer will give you the best that your money can buy and if you have a smaller budget, that might only mean new pillows & accessories. Or, maybe you'll want to push your project back a few months to save up for the look you really want. Either way, know that your designer is here to help you figure out the best way to approach your project and make sure you're not only getting the look you want but the appropriate value as well. Just don't expect your designer to be a miracle worker with your budget...'cause ain't nobody got time for that.