A good interior designer: 5 important distinguishing qualities

Good interior designer? How to understand it?

In modern realities, people are increasingly turning to interior designers for help in decorating their home. As with people in any other profession, you may meet professionals and those who pretend to be them. Distinguishing a good designer from a bad one is not always easy, especially at first. Let's say you like the portfolio of someone you want to hire, it suits your price, what else should you pay attention to?

We have collected a few not so obvious things that distinguish a really good designer from a mediocre one. 

Asking questions

Even at the stage of the first meeting, you can draw some conclusions for yourself. Firstly, the person should impress you, since you will have to communicate a lot during the repair, and secondly, not only you, but also the designer should ask questions. As a rule, professionals, like doctors, should take a “history”, that is, find out from you about what you like, what you live, how you spend time at home, what habits you have. All these seemingly small things can give the designer a better understanding of what kind of interior suits you best and how to organize it so that you feel comfortable living in it.

Ability to listen and hear

A good designer listens to all the wishes of clients, does not ignore them, and at the same time is able to gently model the future project so that people can fulfill their interior dreams and at the same time the apartment looks stylish and harmonious. The ability to gently persuade, offering stylish alternatives is welcome. A professional will never allow himself to make scandals and raise his voice when defending his point of view. The designer must take into account the tastes of the owners, realizing that they will eventually have to live in the future interior, but he should not do something tasteless, indulging dubious desires. The skill of a professional is to balance on this edge, achieving a good result in the end.

Detailed budget planning

Perhaps one of the most important items on our list. If the previous ones are purely intuitive, then this one is quite practical. Ideally, you should tell the designer how much you are willing to spend on repairs, workers, furniture and decor, and he, in turn, should calculate how much money you can spend on materials, how much on wallpaper, and how much on dining table. And so on the list.. The more detailed the plan is, the better. Of course, in the course of the repair, the estimate can and most likely will change: for example, you will see a dream table that you cannot refuse, even if it costs more than you planned to spend.. In this case, you will have to "squeeze" in other points. By the way, this is the next point.

Looking for the best

Renovation budgets vary. A good designer is familiar with the most current offers on the market and is able to choose the best within the price range available to the client. Believe me, a professional will not persuade you to buy a designer chair for half of your estimate, but will look for an alternative, perhaps he will offer to make something to order according to his sketches. More than once, while communicating with decorators, I have heard that, in a limited budget, they come up with the most interesting solutions: they reupholster existing furniture with new fabric, do something with their own hands, give new life to old things in terms of functionality. Very often, hiring a designer is cheaper than doing repairs on their own (firstly, people can make mistakes that are then expensive to redo, and secondly, it is difficult for beginners to calculate the estimate and either they end up not having enough money for everything, or they significantly exceed their original budget).

Life approach

A good designer thinks realistically: he chooses for people what they will live comfortably in, and not what is just fashionable, does not do in the project what is very difficult to implement or will cost incredible money if customers do not have the opportunity for such an implementation. So, if you decide to make a 3D project of your future interior, then the designer already in this project should take into account your budget and select solutions that will be easily implemented at the facility.
For example, vertical wall gardening, although it looks great in projects and in life, in reality it will be expensive to install and maintain. 

These were the main and not always the most obvious points. To complete the material, I would like to list a few more skills that a dream designer should have. So, he must understand how to correctly plan a room in terms of ergonomics, understand building materials and know how they will manifest themselves over time (as well as how convenient they are in everyday life and care), must monitor new building technologies, constantly develop and hone your skills (after all, fashion is changing and what was good 10 years ago is not all good now). A professional follows trends, develops his horizons and never stands still.
We wish you that your designer has all the necessary qualities in order to be recognized as a representative of his profession!

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